Former Manchester and Louisville athlete picked by Padres

Third baseman Pavin Parks, a former Manchester and Louisville athlete, was one of four Kent State Golden Flashes chosen during the Major League Baseball Draft.

Parks, who bats left and throws right, was picked in the 24th round, 711th overall by the San Diego Padres. The 21-year-old redshirt junior spent two seasons at Seminole State College in Florida before transferring to Kent State. He was All-MAC Second Team this season after batting .285 with 11 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 52 RBIs. He led Kent State in triples, RBIs and walks (54), with the walks marking the fourth highest total in MAC history and the second highest in Kent State history.

The other Flashes drafted were pitchers Joey Murray (eighth round, Toronto), Austin Havekost (17th round, Toronto) and Eli Kraus (24th round, St. Louis).