Nogales shortstop Demetrio Crisantes was selected in 7th Round (198) of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Southern Arizona Player of the Year made it official late Thursday.
“This is great!” Crisantes told AllSportsTucson after the draft. “It will be a family decision, we are all happy and especially since it’s an Arizona team. It’s a dream situation.”
Crisantes had until August 1 to decide between his University of Arizona commitment and signing and the slot was estimated at $247,000 when he was selected.
“I’ve been up here since Thursday and I start working out with the team tomorrow,” Crisantes said after he signed.
Crisantes indicated his decIsion to sign was based on the belief the organization had in him and it was a great opportunity.
Crisantes helped lead the Apaches to a 31-4 record and a second place finish in the Arizona playoffs while batting .485 with 26 RBI, 15 doubles, 4 triples and 7 home runs.
Crisantes also played for the USA Baseball 15U National Team Development Program in 2019. He is also part of the long tradition of coming out of Nogales National Little League, one of the most important community programs in all of Southern Arizona.
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