FARGO, N.D. – A pair of North Dakota State University seniors joined Major League Baseball organizations on Tuesday, July 13. Shortstop Bennett Hostetler was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 18th round of the MLB Draft, and left-handed pitcher Parker Harm signed with the Kansas City Royals organization as an undrafted free agent.
Hostetler (Bozeman, Mont.) was drafted 539th overall by Miami, becoming the first Bison picked in the MLB Draft since Juan Gamez in 2016. He was named the Summit League Player of the Year in 2021, hitting .394 over 61 games with a .513 on-base percentage, 84 hits, and 10 home runs. Hostetler was voted the shortstop selection on the NCAA Stanford Regional All-Tournament Team and named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region second team.
Hostetler owns the NDSU career records for games played (225), starts (220), walks (108), and times hit by pitch (49). He ranks second in school history for assists, third for career hits and runs scored, and fourth for runs batted in and total bases.
Harm (Mandan, N.D.) signed with the Royals following the shortened, 20-round draft. He was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America third team this year, becoming the first baseball player of NDSU’s NCAA Division I era to earn All-American honors. Harm earned All-Summit League first team honors as a relief pitcher, appearing in 22 games out of the bullpen this season with 12 saves.
Harm recorded 62 strikeouts in 37 innings as a senior in 2021, finishing with a 1.70 ERA. He owns the NDSU career record with 10.58 strikeouts per nine innings, and his 15 career saves are tied for the second-most in program history.
Hostetler is the fourth NDSU draft pick since 2013, joining John Straka (2013), Jay Flaa (2015), and Juan Gamez (2016). Flaa made his MLB debut for the Baltimore Orioles in April of this season, then also appeared in an MLB game for the Atlanta Braves in May.
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