Custons makes professional debut with the Bluefield Blue Jays

    Garrett Custons, a 2013 AFA grad. (Photo courtesy of Bluefield Blue Jays)
    Garrett Custons, a 2013 AFA grad. (Photo courtesy of Bluefield Blue Jays)

    June 24, 2013

    Recent Air Force graduate Garrett Custons made his professional baseball debut on Saturday, June 22. Custons started at catcher for the Bluefield Blue Jays, a Rookie League affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays, scoring the go-ahead and game-winning run in the 5-0 win.

    Custons went 1-for-4 at the plate with a stolen base and run scored. Custons singled in his first at bat, stole second and then came around to score the first run in the Blue Jay's win.

    Custons was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Friday, June 7. A catcher/outfielder with Falcon baseball, he was the 295th overall pick and the first non-pitcher selected by Toronto.

    Custons was a four-year letterwinner for the Falcon baseball program. The Sarasota, Fla., native was a first-team All-Mountain West Utility player and one of 15 Johnny Bench Award semifinalists this season. Custons batteed .353 with 22 doubles and 48 runs scored. The senior led the conference with eight pickoffs and was third with 20 runners thrown out attempting to steal.

    Custons ranks in the Air Force All-Time Top 10 in over 10 categories and is the school's all-time leader in at bats (827) and doubles (77). He is second all-time at Air Force with 275 career hits, batting .333 for his career with 173 runs scored. As a freshman, Custons earned Freshman All-American honors as he set a Mountain West freshman record with 64 RBIs. He is Air Force's first three-time All-MW honoree.

    Custons is the first Falcon to be drafted since Karl Bolt in 2007. Bolt was a 15th round selection of the Philadelphia Phillies. Custons is the fifth overall Falcon to be drafted.

     

     

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