‘It’s a joy to me because of all the work I’ve put in.’ Jordan picked by the Houston Astros

Dexter Jordan waited patiently for a life-changing phone call on Wednesday. 

A year after passing on late round interest from MLB organizations out of Hattiesburg High School and ultimately opting for the junior college route at Pearl River Community College in order to improve his draft stock, Jordan sat on his couch believing wholeheartedly his prayers were about to be answered. 

“I sat there and gave God all the thanks for what I did,” said Jordan. “I knew great things were gonna come out to happen. 

“I sat back, and God made my dreams come true.”

Jordan’s phone rang, and it was the Houston Astros. The organization gauged his interest in them selecting him with their 16th round pick (496th overall) on Day 3 of the 2019 MLB Draft, and Jordan answered with zero hesitation whatsoever, ‘Yes, I’ll take it’. 

Jordan says he plans to sign with the Astros. 

“I just wanted the best opportunity,” said Jordan. “It’s a joy to me because of all the work I’ve put in.”

As a freshman, Jordan helped guide the PRCC Wildcats to the NJCAA Division II World Series in 2019. Upon arriving in Poplarville, he embraced a position change and moved from the outfield to second base, where he started all season long. 

“We kinda felt like he [Jordan] needed to be able to play second base to have a better shot at the professional level,” said PRCC coach Michael Avalon in an earlier interview. 

Offensively, Jordan led the Wildcats with 18 homers and 66 RBI in 55 games played. 

“Changing myself into a second baseman and showing I can play a different skill, I gave myself a chance,” explained Jordan. “I also developed power and my body matured even more with 18 home runs. I mean, I only hit two as a senior, so I’m kinda proud of myself for creating that power and becoming a better hitter in college.”

But, Jordan says there’s still work to be done. 

“The Astros believed in me and gave me a chance, and I wanna make the best for them. They’ve always had a good ball club. I got a lot of family from that area, and hopefully one day I can work my way up to play down there.”

Sports Editor

Zac is a graduate of West Jones High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. He's in his fifth year covering sports in the Hattiesburg area.

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