When the Colorado Rockies called Zach Hall's name, it marked a first for the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
The Rockies took Hall in the 19th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday, making the senior outfielder from Granite Bay, Calif., the first baseball player drafted out of the school that began playing baseball just 16 months ago.
Hall was the 576th player selected and the first outfielder taken this year by Colorado.
"This is a huge day for UCCS and our baseball program," UCCS baseball coach Dave Hajek said. "Zach has been one of our team leaders from day one in our new program. He has been a huge part of getting our team on the RMAC map. Congrats to Zach and his family on this opportunity!"
Hall will begin his professional career with the Grand Junction in the Pioneer League.
The 6-0, 195 Hall began his collegiate career at Santa Rosa Junior College.
In two seasons with the Mountain Lions, Hall batted .331 with 125 hits, 106 runs, 102 RBIs, 33 home runs, 25 doubles and two triples. A starter in all 100 games, Hall posted a .971 fielding percentage on 166 chances. He drew 50 walks in two seasons and stole eight bases.
A 2018 D2CCCA All-American and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association all-South Central second-team selection, Hall also earned all-RMAC First Team, RMAC Gold Glove and the RMAC all-Academic first-team honors.
Hall hit .317 as a senior with a .711 slugging percentage. Hall ranked second in the conference in RBIs (60) and home runs (20), and third in runs scored (58) and total bases (128).
Hall, who will turn 22 later this month, was picked in the round after Colorado Mesa pitcher Kyle Leagy, who went to St. Louis in the 17th round.
The first Colorado high school player taken in the draft was Standley Lake infielder Garrett Martin in the 22nd round by Baltimore.