OA grad MacKinnon selected in MLB Draft by Angels

David MacKinnon
Oliver Ames grad David MacKinnon had a standout career for Hartford University. (Steve McLaughlin/Hartford Athletics)
Former Oliver Ames standout and HockomockSports.com Player of the Year David MacKinnon was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday evening. MacKinnon was selected in the 32nd round of the MLB Draft.

MacKinnon had an impressive four years at Oliver Ames, staring in both baseball and soccer. MacKinnon was named the Hockomock League MVP for both sports as well as the inaugural HockomockSports.com Player of the Year in both sports.

“I still haven’t processed what happened,” MacKinnon said shortly after being selected. “It’s unbelievable. I have worked tirelessly for the last 18 years dreaming about this day and it finally came. I have to thank my parents who have brought me around the country to play baseball. I have to thank my fiancé who has been there through a lot of the heartache of last year’s draft. I have to thank my brother for always being there for an encouraging word and to throw batting practice whenever I needed.

“Finally I have to thank my coaches and teammates from Hartford to the Cape league and back to high school…everyone had a role to play in this. And most importantly I have to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to play professional baseball, I feel beyond blessed.”

MacKinnon continued his athletic career at Hartford University, playing both soccer and baseball all four years. For baseball, he finished his career as Hartford’s all-time leader in hits (269), runs (155) and putouts (1,508). He ranks second in program history in games played (196), at-bats (750), doubles (51) and fielding percentages (.990) and ranks among the all-time top-five in total bases (343; third), walks (82; fifth) and batting average (.359; fifth).

After being named the America East Baseball Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year in 2016, MacKinnon was named to the 2017 America East All Conference First Team. He is also the only America East baseball player to ever earn CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Baseball First Team honors – something he did two years in a row.

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