HUNTINGTON — Marshall University shortstop Elvis Peralta's signing with the Oakland Athletics on Sunday literally was a dream come true.
"I dreamed I was drafted by the Oakland A's," Peralta told the Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, Massachusetts, where Peralta lives. "It was crazy. It felt so real, like it really happened. I probably should've gone right to the store and purchased an A's cap."
Peralta, 22 and a red-shirt junior, was in Boston on Wednesday when the A's called him with news they had selected him in the 26th round.
"I was just nervous, so I went to Boston to walk around," Peralta said. "When I got the call it was the happiest day of my life."
A transfer from Crowder College, Peralta played one season with the Thundering Herd. He hit nine home runs, drove in 42 and batted .357. He stole 12 bases in 18 attempts and posted a .949 fielding percentage in earning first-team all-Conference USA honors.
Peralta's signing bonus wasn't immediately announced.
Peralta likely will be assigned either to the short-season-A Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League in Burlington, Vermont, or Oakland's Arizona Rookie League club in Phoenix. Vermont currently has no players listed on its roster posted at MiLB.com, the official site of minor league baseball. The Athletics' rookie league roster lists Alexander Campos and Yerdel Vargas as shortstops.