The Moccasins' Robbie Shields was chosen in the third round of the Major League Draft by the New York Mets Tuesday night.
Shields was the 103rd selection overall, the first NCAA Division II player selected and the first Moccasin player to be selected as high as the third round since Lance Niekro was a second round choice by the San Francisco Giants in 2000. Only six other Moccasins have been selected in the first five rounds. Shields is the first Moccasin to be selected in the draft by the Mets since Al Delano was tabbed in the 11th round of the 1980 draft.
A junior from Dade City, Shields started every game (167) the past three seasons. This season he hit. 345 with five home runs and 37 RBI and helped lead FSC to a 41-16 season that included runner-up finishes in the Sunshine State Conference and the NCAA South Regional.
For his career, Shields had a .329 batting average with 22 home runs and 122 RBI.