NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Recent Belmont Baseball graduate Nate Woods (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) has signed a contract to play with the Florida Marlins organization. The pitcher, designated hitter, and first baseman is one of the most decorated players to come out of the BU baseball program in recent years, and follows in a long line of Bruin alums to sign with a professional club.
"We are so proud of Nate and what he has accomplished while here at Belmont," Head Coach Dave Jarvis said. "He certainly deserves this opportunity to continue his passion for the game of baseball at the next level, and I am excited for him."
Despite Belmont recording its most successful season ever in 2011, with an Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and two NCAA Regional victories, the Bruins snapped a four year streak of having a player drafted into Major League Baseball. Woods, however, continues the Belmont streak to five seasons with a student-athlete signing with a professional team.
Woods leaves Belmont with two single-season records. In 2010 he recorded 20 home runs and 78 runs batted in to break the program record in both categories. The captain is also among the career leaders in BU annals with 40 home runs (2nd), 172 RBI (3rd), 44 starts on the mound (3rd), and 20 wins as a pitcher (5th).
In this historic 2011 season, Woods led the Bruins with an average of .338 at the plate, increasing his career mark to .317. He also had team-bests of 13 home runs, 62 RBI, and a .592 slugging percentage. Woods helped lead Belmont into the A-Sun Tournament, as well as to wins in both the A-Sun and NCAA Championships, with terrific outings on the mound down the stretch.
Woods graduated from Belmont University this May with a degree in Information Systems Management.
The Marlins have numerous minor league affiliates, including the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Jacksonville Suns, the Jupiter Hammerheads, and the Greensboro Grasshoppers.