Christian Cosby of Chapman and Rainier Aguilar of Redlands were recently selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.
The Kansas City Royals drafted Chapman's Cosby in the 14th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Cosby was the first Panther do 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 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Postseason Tournament championship game to force the "if necessary" game in the double-elimination tournament, which the Panthers went on to win. He allowed just two runs on three hits. In the NCAA Division III 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 NCAA Division III and seventh pitcher in the Panthers' DIII history.
Fellow SCIAC baseball player Aguilar was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres and is Redlands' first draft pick since Tom Bennett, who was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the eighth round of the 1995 draft.
Over the course of the 2018 campaign, Aguilar put up outstanding numbers while resetting the Redlands single-season record with 22 doubles, which also places him fifth in NCAA Division III. He also finished the season with a .327 batting average and a team-leading 48 RBI, 56 hits, and 38 runs scored. Defensively, Aguilar threw out nine would-be base-stealers, racked up 292 putouts and 33 assists, and held a .972 fielding percentage.
As a four-year Bulldog, he finished his outstanding career with 137 hits, including 39 doubles, for a batting average of .360. He knocked in 100 RBI and registered a slugging percentage of .509. While serving as Redlands' primary backstop throughout the latter part of his career, he recorded 592 putouts and 69 assists for an impressive .985 fielding percentage. With a quick release, he also fired down 22 attempted base-stealers.
Aguilar's career at Redlands culminated in an All-America nod, a pair of All-West Region honors, and two All-SCIAC awards, as well as being named the D3baseball.com's 2017 Gold Glove Catcher of the Year.