ORANGE, Calif. – The Kansas City Royals drafted Chapman University junior Christian Cosby in the 14th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Cosby was the first Panther to be drafted since Brian Rauh in 2012.
Cosby came to Chapman as an outfielder and pitcher but only appeared as a pitcher in 2018 for the Panthers. After tossing less than 10 innings in each of his first two years, he worked his way into the starting rotation as a junior. He posted a 2.91 ERA this season in 65 innings of work, going 8-3 with a save.
The 6-5 righty from Placentia, Calif., tossed an eight-inning gem in the SCIAC Tournament Championship to force the "if necessary" game, which the Panthers went on to win. He allowed just two runs on three hits. In the NCAA Regional, he came out of the bullpen to earn his eighth win of the season, holding Redlands scoreless through five relief frames a the Panthers went on to win 6-5.
Cosby joins a long list of Panthers to be drafted in the baseball program's storied history. He is the 10th player drafted since Chapman joined the ranks of the NCAA Division III and seventh pitcher on the Panthers' DIII history.
By Steven Olveda
Sports Information Director