Photo: Texas Southern Athletics

A pair of SWAC baseball players were selected in the later rounds of the 2022 MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Texas Southern outfielder Johnathon Thomas was taken in the 19th round by the Washington Nationals.

Thomas hit .345, slugged 9 home runs and drove in 45 RBI for Texas Southern in 53 games as a junior.

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His fellow SWAC West counterpart John Garcia, the Grambling State All-SWAC catcher, was taken in the 20th round by the Houston Astros.

Garcia had a monster season for Grambling, hitting .409 with 10 home runs and 67 RBI. He also ranked No. 1 in the SWAC in on-base percentage and on-base plus slugging percentage. Those gaudy numbers earned him First Team All-SWAC honors.


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