Maryland outfielder Marty Costes was selected by the Houston Astros in the 25th round (751st overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft Wednesday. He is the fourth Terp taken in this draft, and the second one taken Wednesday.
Costes, just a draft-eligible sophomore, has emerged as one of Maryland’s best hitters over his two seasons as a Terp. The Baltimore native came to College Park as an infielder, but quickly transitioned to left field. As a freshman in 2016, he led the Terps with nine home runs, 37 RBIs and a .462 slugging percentage. He was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and an All-Big Ten Freshman.
After refining his craft over the summer with the Cal Ripken League’s Baltimore Redbirds, Costes blossomed into one of the best all-around hitters in the Big Ten this season. His 13 homers tied Kevin Smith for the team lead, while he Maryland in batting average for most of the season and finished third on the team with a .322 mark. He earned Big Ten First Team honors for his performance at the plate.
Over two years at Maryland, Costes has a .296/.400/.517 line, with 19 doubles, 22 homers and 83 RBIs in 115 games.
Costes is the highest Terps outfielder to be drafted since LaMonte Wade was taken in the 9th round of the 2015 draft. MBN’s Max Marcilla analyzed Costes’ draft stock prior to the draft.