MARSHALL, Texas – Four former East Texas Baptist University student-athletes have continued on their athletic careers with professional organizations. Here are the updates on Tyler Bates (baseball), Dynas Doud (baseball), Sam Williams (football), and Kendall Roberson (football).
Bates, originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft (38th round), and was signed by the Colorado Rockies as a free agent on May 9th. On June 19th, Bates was assigned to the Grand Junction Rockies at the rookie level in the Rockies minor league system. In 2016, Bates batted .284 in 31 games for the Arizona League Angels, with eight doubles and 17 RBI. Bates has started in both games since being assigned to Grand Junction, scoring four runs and getting a base hit in both contests.
Doud is currently playing in the Pecos League for the Salina Stockade located in Salina, Kansas. Doud was recently traded from the White Sands Pupfish, located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Doud was batting .400 for the Pupfish, with three homeruns, seven doubles, and nine RBI. Doud has played in three games for the Stockade, and is hitting a combined .368 this season between both teams.
Sam Williams is currently on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League. After the CFL preseason, he is currently listed as the only Sam Linebacker on the depth chart for the Roughriders. Williams had eight tackles in the two preseason games, including a team high five in the loss against the BC Lions. The Roughriders will open their season on June 22 against the Montreal Alouettes.
Kendall Roberson participated in the CFL preseason with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, rushing seven times for 39 yards in two games. Roberson led the Blue Bombers in rushing against Saskatchewan with six rushes for 36 yards. Roberson was released on June 17th from Winnipeg, and will step in as the running backs coach for the ETBU football team this season.