The baseball program at California Baptist University has seen its share of the MLB Draft during its 33 years, with 26 of its players granted the opportunity to chase their major league dreams.
Following the footsteps of past alumni, Adam Hofacket, former junior right-handed pitcher, will put his collegiate career on hold as he joins other major league hopefuls in Orem, Utah. Hofacket was selected 315th overall in the 10th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and has since started his professional career with the Angels’ affiliate, the Orem Owlz.
Hofacket now joins 2014 alum Trevor Oaks, Caleb Dirks and 12 other players who have been drafted at the helm of Gary Adcock, head coach.
Adcock says he takes pride in his players and their success, both past and present.
“It’s always exciting to watch players grow and develop while at CBU,” Adcock said. “Adam joins a good list of young men who took advantage of the resources available here and created a wonderful opportunity in professional baseball.”
Hofacket said he is humbled by the opportunity granted to him. “There is nothing better than going out on the field and playing baseball every day,” he said. “I was lucky enough to be drafted by my favorite team.”
With his signing, Hofacket is the fourth-highest drafted player in CBU history. Hofacket said his time spent with the Owlz has made him grateful for his time at CBU.
“I wouldn’t have made it to where I am without the help of the CBU baseball program,” Hofacket said. “It was easier for me to adjust into pro ball because of what I learned from the coaching staff.”
Adcock said he has high hopes for the pitcher. “He is a tireless worker who always strives to be the best he can be,” Adcock said. “I expect to see a competitive young man who hopefully pitches at the Big A soon.”