Another Fighting Knight Going Pro

Gabe MacDougall selected by Kansas City Royals in MLB Draft

Published Jun. 15, 2009

Just a little over a week after winning a NCAA Div. II championship, Gabe MacDougall is achieving another dream, as he was drafted by Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals. The Fighting Knights’ senior left fielder was selected with the 11th pick of the 27th round last week.

Gabe MacDougall“I still haven’t come down from us winning a national championship and this just adds to all of the excitement,” Gabe told Lynn sports info director Chad Beattie. “Since I was a little kid I said I was going to be a pro baseball player and this brings me one step closer” to achieving that.”

MacDougall is the second of two Fighting Knights to get drafted by U.S. professional teams this year. Jean Alexandre was selected 12th overall in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake. He was the highest drafted athlete in Fighting Knights history while becoming the third player to be drafted into the MLS.

But there’s been more action still. Fighting Knight alums Nano Short and Tyrell Burgess also signed pro contracts this year, with Short joining the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer League and former men’s soccer player Tyrell Burgess signing a two-year deal with the USC’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Visit to learn more about Lynn athletics.