Big Hoss

YUMA, Ariz. – Sean Roby spent the entire baseball season smashing baseballs for the Arizona Western College baseball team, and now he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round.

“It means the world to me,” Roby said. “Words can’t explain how I feel. God is good.”

Roby hit a whopping 22 homers in 58 games for the Mats and was the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He helped lead the Mats to the Region I Title for a second straight season, and he was named the Region I MVP after going 7-13 with 10 RBI, three homers and two doubles while scoring seven runs in the three-game championship series. Plus, he went 5-8 against Central Arizona while driving in six runs (and scoring four more) to help the Mats advance to the championship.

The sophomore had four multi-homer games this year and racked up 77 RBI. He had a season-best six RBI in a 12-4 win over Trinidad State in an elimination game in the West District Tournament, and he had five RBI in a game twice during the Region playoffs. On top of that, Roby posted a .356 average and a .429 on-base percentage while stealing 15 bases, scoring a team-best 66 runs and hitting 15 doubles and two triples.

The Mats set a team record this season with 49 wins and won back-to-back Region I Titles for the first time since the 1995-96 seasons. The team advanced to the West District Championship before falling in extra innings in a heartbreaker at Southern Idaho.

Roby is the 12th player from AWC to be drafted. Irving Lopez was drafted in the 19th round by the St. Louis Cardinals last year. Lopez starred at AWC for two years before transferring to Florida International for his last two collegiate years. Currently, Lopez is playing in the Midwest League for the Peoria Chiefs.

Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.


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