CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Dylan Pearce has parlayed a successful collegiate baseball career at Oregon State into a professional career with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Pearce, a Central Point native and Crater High School alumnus, was selected Wednesday in the 31st round, 935th overall by the Cardinals in the 2019 MLB Draft.
“To be honest, I’m at a pretty big loss for words,” he told NewsWatch 12 in a phone conversation. “It’s still hitting me inside. This is an absolute dream come true, something I’ve dreamed of my whole life. I knew I had it in me, I just needed to be given an opportunity.”
Pearce finished his Oregon State career last week, recording a 3.34 ERA in 22 appearances for the Beavers in 2019.
He was a key part of OSU’s run to a College World Series title in 2018 and led the Medford Rogues to a Great West League title in 2017.
“To be able to be given an opportunity like this is unreal and it’s a big responsibility,” he said. “I will represent as absolute best as possible. It means so much to me to be able to be given this chance.”
Pearce said he thought being drafted was a possibility, but didn’t want to let the prospect consume him.
He said when he woke up this morning he had received a message from the Cardinals and was with roommates Adley Rutschman (the No. 1 overall pick in the draft), George Mendazona, Mitchell Verburg and Preston Jones when he saw his name appear on MLB Draft Tracker.
“I just couldn’t even catch my breath. I was freaking out. It hit me hard and it’s definitely a special feeling inside,” he said.
Pearce becomes the 10th Beaver ever to be selected by St. Louis, and the first since Ashland native Sam Gaviglio in 2011.