Former Moccasion Robbie Shields has signed with the New York Mets and will begin his professional career with Brooklyn in the New York-Penn League.
Selected in the third round of the Major League Draft, 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.
The signing of Shields means all three players drafted off the Moccasins' 2009 roster have signed pro contracts. Nick Stanley, picked in the 25th round by Houston, is playing for Tri-City, which also is in the New York-Penn League. Will Cherry, chosen in the 38th round by the Mets, is still recovering from his season-ending knee injury and likely will not play this summer, but he did sign and has been assigned to the Mets' Gulf Coast League team in St. Lucie.