ECU junior Dwanya Williams-Sutton was selected in the fifth round by the San Diego Padres Tuesday afternoon during the second day of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Williams-Sutton, who earned American Athletic All-Conference honors after batting .331 with seven home runs, was taken with the 141st overall pick in the fifth round and is the first Pirate selected in this year’s amateur draft. He is eighth player in school history to be taken by the Padres and the first since Billy Richardson (14th round) and Brian Cavanaugh (21st round) in 2005.
Dwanya Williams-Sutton – 2018 Biographical Sketch
Second-Team All-American Athletic Association selection after batting .331 (44-for-133), which ranked second on the team and 10th in The American … Started 41 of 47 games where he belted seven home runs, drove in 21 and scored 39 runs … Hit home runs against Campbell (twice), Cincinnati, Norfolk State, Tulane (twice) and Washington … Drew 25 walks (fifth on team) and was hit by 14 pitches (team leader) … Led the Pirates and stood fifth in the AAC with 18 stolen bases … Swiped career-high three bases at Duke (April 17) and stole multiple bags in a game five times … Fielded at a .986 clip with one error in 73 chances (71 putouts, 1 assist) … Registered six two-out RBI … Tallied 13 multi-hit and five multi-RBI games … Closed out season with a five-game hit streak batting .353 (6-for-17) with three RBI and six runs scored … Batted .348 (8-for-27) with eight runs scored in eight postseason games … Recorded at least one hit in 27 of 41 games with an official at-bat … Hit two home runs in a game against Tulane and Campbell … Drove in at least one run in 13 games with a career-high four against Campbell (May 15) … Scored at least one run in 28 games (multiple eight times) with a season-best three on three occasions … Listed as the 82nd-best prospect in the country heading into senior season by Baseball America.
Career Notes: Two-time All-AAC performer (2016, 2018) … Named to three Freshman All-America Teams (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball) – all first team selections … As a freshman led the AAC in hitting (.360) and on-base percentage (.455), while ranking second in slugging percentage (.551) and fourth in triples (4) … Became first Pirate since Brian Cavanaugh to lead a conference in batting (.382) back in 2005 when ECU was a member of Conference USA … Three-year letterwinner that started 127 of 135 career games … His .331 career batting average ranks among the Top 20 in school history … Committed just seven errors in 198 chances recording 189 putouts with two assists for a .965 fielding percentage … Swiped 27 of 36 bases (75.0 percent) … Drafted out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds (26th round, pick 775 overall) in 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft … Hit multiple home runs in a game three times (Liberty/2017, Tulane/2018, Campbell/2018) … Two of 19 career home runs were leadoff, including one to start the 2017 season at Ole Miss … Tallied 43 multi-hit and 17 multi-RBI games … Three-time AAC Honor Roll selection (2/2016, 1/2018) … Named AAC and CollegeSportsMadness Player-of-the-Week (May 23, 2016) … Five-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll (Fall 2015, Fall 2016 to present) .. Two-time American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team (2016-17).
Career Numbers at ECU: .331 (140-for-423), 19 home runs, 91 runs, 63 RBI (7 GW), 22 doubles, 5 triples, 67 walks, 27 hit by pitches, 27 stolen bases, 46 extra base hits.
CAREER HIGHS – at-bats: 5 (17x – last vs. Houston 5/24/18); runs: 4 at UCONN (5/7/16); hits: 4 (3x – last vs. Campbell 5/15/18); RBI: 4 vs. Campbell (5/15/18); home runs: 2 (3x – last vs. Campbell 5/15/18); stolen bases: 3 at Duke (4/17/18).