Comer selected in 29th round of MLB Draft
June 7, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Chad Comer had no idea that on Tuesday he would get the life-changing phone call for which he hoped.
Around 6:30 p.m., during the second-to-last round of the draft, Comer received that call and the news that the Atlanta Braves selected him in the 29th round.
UT Arlington's starting catcher for the last four years knew there was a chance he would get drafted. He also knew that his status as a fifth-year senior would likely not work to his advantage.
"You always hope to get drafted within the first couple days and I was thinking being a fifth-year senior that if I got a chance to play the call would come tomorrow," Comer said. "I thought I would be a late round guy."
Most of Day 2 of the Major League Baseball Draft went quietly, as expected. Then, around round 24, Comer heard from a regional scout for the Braves.
Five rounds later Atlanta made it official by making Comer the 896th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
"I had no idea the Braves would pick me," Comer said. "I had gone to a Rangers workout and hadn't really talked to anybody too much. Going into the draft I had no idea what was going to happen. I got the opportunity and now I have to make the most of it."
Comer was the first player selected from UT Arlington in the 2011 MLB Draft.
"I'm very happy for him and his entire family," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "It is well-deserved and he had an outstanding career for us. I think he's one of the better catchers to ever play here and he has certainly been one of the better catchers in the Southland Conference over the last few years.
"I felt very lucky that we got him back after a good junior year. I just think he's a very good pro guy who will handle a pitching staff well and will do everything you need."
Comer finished his career in the top 10 of several UT Arlington career categories, including doubles, hits and games played. He was a three-time All-Southland Conference selection and a four-year starter.
"I'm really thankful to the Atlanta Braves and I can't wait to make the most of this opportunity," Comer said.