After a stellar season on the mound in his sophomore year at Crowder, right-handed pitcher Ross Carver was rewarded by being selected in the 23rd round by the Texas Rangers in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

“It felt really good,” Carver said. “I kind of felt like I was getting drafted just from the scouting process throughout the season at Crowder. I just wasn’t sure when it would happen.

“I had the potential to go on the second day, but it didn’t happen. I watched the draft on the third day and heard my name called. It felt really good.”

The decision, now, for Carver: Sign with the Rangers or honor his collegiate commitment to Division I Dallas Baptist baseball, of the Missouri Valley Conference, in order improve his draft stock for next offseason?

“I am just weighing out if it would be better for me to jump into pro ball, or if I need to go back to college,” Carver said. “It’s more of a development thing. Am I mentally and physically ready to play pro ball.

“Obviously, if you go on the second day (of the draft), the value is better. I wasn’t really expecting a whole lot, and I am grateful for being drafted where I was.”

Carver is well away of the advantages and disadvantages to both scenarios. He has a few days to think things over. His biggest reason for attending Dallas Baptist, aside from it being a strong program, is to develop further as a pitcher with another year of college ball on his resume.

“If I decide to attend Dallas Baptist, I know I am heading to a great program with a great coaching staff,” Carver said. “I can continue to develop. I tell people that I can only see myself getting better after a season or two there. It would give me a chance to compete at an even higher level.

“I would like to increase my velocity on my fastball. Right now, I am sitting in the low 90s. I would like to get where I am consistently hitting the mid 90s. Really, just gaining arm strength and strength in general.

In his final season with the Roughriders, Carver pitched to an 8-2 record with one save and a 4.20 earned-run average. He struck out 113 batters in 64 1/3 innings on the way to a first-team all-Region 16 selection as well.

“I think I have matured a lot in my two years at Crowder,” Carver said. “I have learned how to handle failures better, only to come back out more successful the next time out. Overall, It was a great two years playing for Coach Travis Lallemand.”