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PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- A former member of the Southeastern University baseball program has signed a Major League Baseball contract. Former catcher Willie Estrada (19′) has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. Estrada is the sixth former Fire student-athlete to ink an MLB contract in the last two years.
Estrada played his lone season at Southeastern in 2019, helping guide SEU to a second-straight Avista-NAIA World Series appearance and a fifth-place finish.
The Kissimmee native was an NAIA Gold Glove recipient following the conclusion of the season, earning recognition as the top defensive catcher in the country.
Over the course of 46 regular season games and conference tournament games, Estrada recorded just two passed balls as the backstop of the Fire.
In 436 chances, the Kissimmee native recorded 398 putouts, 35 assists, and committed only three errors for a .993 fielding percentage.
Additionally, Estrada threw out 12 runners in 24 stolen base attempts when he was behind the plate.
At the plate, Estrada belted .353, recording 10 doubles and nine home runs.
“We’re extremely excited for Willie and this new opportunity. It’s been a dream of his and we’re happy to see it come true,” shared SEU head coach Adrian Dinkel. “We knew he was good enough to play at that level and we’re excited about his future.”
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