123 NJCAA Baseball Players Selected in 2011 MLB DraftJune 9, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Professional baseball clubs once again turned to the NJCAA to find their future talent as 123 current NJCAA baseball players were selected in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, which was held over the past three days (June 6-8). With 123 players selected from the NJCAA in this year’s draft, the NJCAA has now seen 459 players selected straight from its ranks over the past three seasons.
Of the 123 NJCAA players selected in this year’s draft 14 were Division I All-Americans and four were Division II All-Americans.
20, 110, Chicago White Sox, Jeff Soptic, RHP, Johnson County CC (Kan.)
9, 130, Houston Astros, Chris Lee, LHP, Santa Fe College (Fla.)
14, 135, Los Angeles Angels, Mike Clevinger, RHP, Seminole State College (Fla.)
14, 165, Los Angeles Angels, Andrew Ray, OF, Northeast Texas CC
25, 176, Atlanta Braves, Nick DeSantiago, C, Blinn College (Texas)
16, 197, Detroit Tigers, *Tyler Collins, OF, Howard College (Texas)
21, 202, Boston Red Sox, *Miguel Pena, LHP, San Jacinto College (Texas)
24, 205, Cincinnati Reds, Sean Buckley, 3B, St. Petersburg College (Fla.)
14, 225, Los Angeles Angels, *Abel Baker, C, Grayson County College (Texas)
30, 241, Philadelphia Phillies, Kenny Giles, RHP, Yavapai College (Ariz.)
12, 253, Florida Marlins, Dejai Oliver, RHP, Seminole State College (Fla.)
20, 261, Chicago White Sox, Ian Gardeck, RHP, Angelina College (Texas)
24, 265, Cincinnati Reds, Jon Matthews, RHP, St. Petersburg College (Fla.)
20, 291, Chicago White Sox, Matt Lane, LHP, NW Florida State College
22, 293, San Diego Padres, Justin Hancock, RHP, Lincoln Trail CC (Ill.)
26, 297, San Francisco Giants, Derek Law, RHP, Miami-Dade College (Fla.)
30, 301, Philadelphia Phillies, Logan Moore, C, Northeastern JC (Col.)
20, 321, Chicago White Sox, Ben O'Shea, LHP, Santa Fe College (Fla.)
26, 327, San Francisco Giants, Kentrell Hill, OF, Arkansas Baptist College
27, 328, Minnesota Twins, Brett Lee, LHP, St. Petersburg College (Fla.)
28, 329, New York Yankees, Jon Gray, RHP, Eastern Oklahoma State College
7, 338, Cleveland Indians, Luis DeJesus, RHP, Angelina College (Texas)
23, 354, Texas Rangers, Connor Sadzeck, RHP, Howard College (Texas)
19, 410, St. Louis Cardinals, Kolby Byrd, C, Copiah-Lincoln CC (Miss.)
3, 424, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cody Geyer, RHP, Walters State CC (Tenn.)
5, 426, Kansas City Royals, D'Andre Toney, OF, Gulf Coast CC (Fla.)
6, 427, Washington Nationals, Roland Stubb, OF, Walters State CC (Tenn.)
16, 437, Detroit Tigers, Patrick Smith, OF, Middle Georgia College
30, 451, Philadelphia Phillies, Trey Ford, 3B, South Mountain CC (Ariz.)
4, 455, Baltimore Orioles, Eric Wooten, LHP, Central Arizona College
7, 458, Cleveland Indians, *Todd Hankins, 2B, Seminole State College (Fla.)
12, 463, Florida Marlins, #Jhiomar Veras, OF, Western Oklahoma State College
23, 474, Texas Rangers, Jerad Eickhoff, RHP, Olney Central College (Ill.)
27, 478, Minnesota Twins, Josue Montanez, LHP, Miami-Dade College (Fla.)
28, 479, New York Yankees, *Tyler Molinaro, OF, Pitt CC (N.C.)
4, 485, Baltimore Orioles, Mark Blackmar, RHP, Temple College (Texas)
7, 488, Cleveland Indians, *Ryan Merritt, LHP, McLennan CC (Texas)
9, 490, Houston Astros, Scott Zuloaga, LHP, Scottsdale CC (Ariz.)
27, 538, Minnesota Twins, Josh Burris, RHP, Louisiana State Univ-Eunice
6, 547, Washington Nationals, Nick Lee, LHP, Weatherford College (Texas)
8, 549, Chicago Cubs, James Pugilese, RHP, Mercer County CC (N.J.)
2, 573, Seattle Mariners, Luke Guarnaccia, C, Palm Beach State College (Fla.)
13, 584, Los Angeles Dodgers, Garrett Bush, RHP, Seminole State College (Fla.)
14, 585, Los Angeles Angels, Ryan Crowley, LHP, NW Florida State College
5, 606, Kansas City Royals, Terrance Gore, OF, Gulf Coast CC (Fla.)
13, 614, Los Angeles Dodgers, Vince Spilker, RHP, Johnson County CC (Kan.)
21, 622, Boston Red Sox, Zach Good, LHP, Grayson County College (Texas)
4, 635, Baltimore Orioles, Jose Rivera, RHP, Hill College (Texas)
19, 650, St. Louis Cardinals, Chris Kirsch, LHP, Lackawanna College (Pa.)
16, 677, Detroit Tigers, Tommy Collier, RHP, San Jacinto College (Texas)
25, 686, Atlanta Braves, Clint Wright, RHP, Columbia State CC (Tenn.)
5, 696, Kansas City Royals, Lance Harper, C, Scottsdale CC (Ariz.)
12, 703, Florida Marlins, Tyler Higgins, RHP, Lansing CC (Mich.)
18, 709, Toronto Blue Jays, K'Shawn Smith, SS, Indian River State College (Fla.)
18, 739, Toronto Blue Jays, David Rollins, LHP, San Jacinto College (Texas)
8, 759, Chicago Cubs, Roderick Shoulders, 1B, State College of Florida
12, 763, Florida Marlins, #Sean Donatello, RHP, UCONN-Avery Point
13, 764, Los Angeles Dodgers, Travis Burnside, OF, Spartanburg Methodist College (S.C.)
14, 765, Los Angeles Angels, Joshua Alvarado, RHP, Gateway CC (Ariz.)
2, 783, Seattle Mariners, Kenneth Straus, 3B, Georgia Perimeter College
23, 804, Texas Rangers, Ryan Bores, RHP, Cuyahoga CC (Ohio)
1, 812, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ryan Hornback, C, San Jacinto College (Texas)
7, 818, Cleveland Indians, Evan Frazar, SS, Galveston College (Texas)
7, 848, Cleveland Indians, Tyler Nurdin, LHP, Temple College (Texas)
8, 849, Chicago Cubs, Chris Garrison, RHP, Western Nevada College
11, 852, New York Mets, Jharel Cotton, RHP, Miami-Dade College (Fla.)
18, 859, Toronto Blue Jays, Vega-Rosado Jorge, SS, Miami-Dade College (Fla.)
16, 887, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Robertson, RHP, Coahoma CC (Miss.)
23, 894, Texas Rangers, Nick Sawyer, RHP, Howard College (Texas)
4, 905, Baltimore Orioles, Michael Reynolds, SS, Paradise Valley CC (Ariz.)
7, 908, Cleveland Indians, John Polonius, SS, Genesee CC (N.Y.)
8, 909, Chicago Cubs, *Arturo Maltus Garcia, RHP, Lamar CC (Colo.)
29, 930, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Burgess, RHP, Black Hawk College (Ill.)
29, 960, Tampa Bay Rays, Isaac Gil, RHP, ASA (N.Y.)
1, 962, Pittsburgh Pirates, David Jagoditsh, RHP, Pima CC (Ariz.)
9, 970, Houston Astros, Zach Dando, RHP, Central Arizona College
13, 974, Los Angeles Dodgers, Hunter Jennings, OF, Delgado CC (La.)
25, 986, Atlanta Braves, Matt Kimbrel, RHP, Shelton State CC (Ala.)
10, 1001, Milwaukee Brewers, *Steven Okert, LHP, Grayson County Colelge (Texas)
1, 1022, Pittsburgh Pirates, Hommy Rosado, 1B, Louisiana State Univ-Eunice
8, 1029, Chicago Cubs, Bobby Kelley, OF, Calhoun CC (Ala.)
24, 1075, Cincinnati Reds, Sammy Kimmell, 2B, Indian River State College (Fla.)
7, 1088, Cleveland Indians, Abel Guerrero, LHP, Galveston College (Texas)
12, 1093, Florida Marlins, Damek Tomscha, 3B, Iowa Western CC
13, 1094, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kevin Taylor, 2B, Western Nevada College
6, 1117, Washington Nationals, Derrick Bleeker, RHP, Howard College (Texas)
20, 1131, Chicago White Sox, Todd Kibby, LHP, St. Petersburg College (Fla.)
7, 1148, Cleveland Indians, #Yhoxian Medina, SS, Southeastern CC (Iowa)
12, 1183, Florida Marlins, Travis Huber, RHP, College of Southern Idaho
29, 1200, Tampa Bay Rays, Theron Geith, LHP, Scottsdale CC (Ariz.)
9, 1210, Houston Astros, Buddy Lamothe, RHP, San Jacinto College (Texas)
19, 1220, St. Louis Cardinals, Kyle Arnsberg, C, McLennan CC (Texas)
25, 1226, Atlanta Braves, Joseph Almaraz, 3B, San Jacinto College (Texas)
26, 1227, San Francisco Giants, Alan Garcia, RHP, Eastern Arizona College
5, 1236, Kansas City Royals, Travis Lane, C, Central Arizona College
8, 1239, Chicago Cubs, Austin Urban, RHP, Des Moines Area CC
12, 1273, Florida Marlins, Jerad Grundy, LHP, Heartland CC (Ill.)
19, 1280, St. Louis Cardinals, Cody Poarch, RHP, Walters State CC (Tenn.)
10, 1301, Milwaukee Brewers, Clinton Wilson, RHP, Navarro College (Texas)
19, 1310, St. Louis Cardinals, Chris Costantino, RHP, Walters State CC (Tenn.)
20, 1311, Chicago White Sox, Joel Effertz, RHP, Milwaukee Area Tech (Wisc.)
22, 1313, San Diego Padres, Cody Gabella, Southeastern CC (Iowa)
25, 1316, Atlanta Braves, #Jake Lueneburg, Kishwaukee College (Ill.)
4, 1325, Baltimore Orioles, *Patrick Merkling, LHP, Chatanooga State CC (Tenn.)
11, 1332, New York Mets, Clint Sharp, RHP, Howard College (Texas)
26, 1347, San Francisco Giants, Travious Relaford, SS, Hinds CC (Miss.)
1, 1352, Pittsburgh Pirates, Robert Ingram, LHP, Yavapai College (Ariz.)
12, 1363, Florida Marlins, Tim Zufall, OF, Lamar CC (Colo.)
19, 1370, St. Louis Cardinals, Robert Moseley, 2B, Central Alabama CC
28, 1379, New York Yankees, Cass Ingvardsen, RHP, Weatherford College (Texas)
14, 1395, Los Angeles Angels, Michael Johnson, LHP, Hillsborough CC (Fla.) CC
29, 1410, Tampa Bay Rays, Max Rossiter, C, Central Arizona College
4, 1415, Baltimore Orioles, Devon Conley, OF, New Mexico JC
24, 1435, Cincinnati Reds, Kirby Pellant, 2B, Chandler-Gilbert CC (Ariz.)
25, 1436, Atlanta Braves, Dane Gronewald, LHP, Jefferson College (Mo.)
11, 1452, New York Mets, *Malcolm Clapsaddle, RHP, Santa Fe College (Fla.)
2, 1473, Seattle Mariners, Andrew Grifol, 1B, Santa Fe College (Fla.)
3, 1474, Arizona Diamondbacks, Jake Williams, 1B, South Mountain CC (Ariz.)
28, 1499, New York Yankees, *Tyler Mapes, RHP, Navarro College (Texas)
----2011 MLB Draft coverage from NJCAA college campuses----
Brooklyn, NY – Yesterday afternoon, former ASA right-handed pitching standout, Isaac Gil (New York, NY) , was selected in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This marks the first time a former ASA student-athlete has been picked in a professional sports draft.
Gil had a very stellar season in 2011. He finished the season with a 6-2 record and a 2.17 ERA. For his efforts, Gil was named to the All-Region XV Team. Probably his finest moment at ASA came when it really counted in the Region XV Championship game against Monroe College almost a month ago where he shut them out 4-0 giving up only three hits.
ASA College Athletics competes at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level. The baseball team competes at the Division I scholarship level.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 9, 2011) – Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft ended on Wednesday, and the 2011 event was relatively quiet for Tallahassee Community College.
Three players with ties to the Eagle Baseball Program were drafted – former players Daniel Bennett and Shawn Pleffner and 2011 signee Ismael Salgado.
Salgado, a native of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, was the first player to come off the board, drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 16th round. Tallahassee head coach Mike McLeod will now play the waiting game to see whether or not Salgado signs with the Tigers before the August 15 deadline.
Bennett, like Salgado, was picked by Detroit, going in the 19th round. The Tallahassee native and former Leon High School standout played for the Eagles in 2008-09. He is currently wrapping up his senior season at Florida State University, where he was recently named second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. He and his Seminole teammates will host Texas A&M in this weekend’s NCAA Baseball Super Regional and are two wins away from a return trip to the College World Series.
Pleffner, a native of Gambrills, Md., was a 26th round pick of the Washington Nationals. He, too, suited up for Tallahassee in 2008-09 and just completed his senior season at the University of Tampa.
Bennett and Pleffner were teammates on Tallahassee’s 2009 Panhandle Conference Championship team.
Clapsaddle broke numerous SF records in 2011, including most wins in a season (11) and most strikeouts (103). He finished with an 11-1 record, a 1.81 ERA and just 25 walks in 89.1 innings pitched. He inked a scholarship with High Point University last month and will have until August 15 to decide whether to sign a contract with the Mets or attend High Point.
Grifol concluded his freshman season at Santa Fe with a .313 batting average and five homeruns with 38 RBI.
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Two rising Walters State sophomores heard their names called Wednesday during the final day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year players Draft.
Right-handed starting pitcher Cody Poarch, a graduate of South Caldwell High School in Hudson, N.C., and right-handed starting pitcher/third baseman Chris Costantino, a graduate of Bishop Hendricksen High School in Lincoln, R.I., were both selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in consecutive rounds.
Poarch was selected in the 42nd round (1,280 overall) and Costantino was taken in the 43rd round (1,310 overall).
Poarch, who transferred to Walters State after a redshirt year at UNC-Greensboro, finished his first season in a Walters State uniform with a 7-4 record on the mound. Poarch also sported a 3.31 earned run average, while allowing only a .208 batting average in 79 2/3 innings while striking out 100 batters.
Costantino, who redshirted with an injury last season, finished the season with a 7-2 mark on the mound with a 3.08 earned run average in 55 2/3 innings, and he struck out 82 batters. At the plate, he batted .328 with seven homers, nine doubles, two triples and 38 RBIs.
Gainesville, FL – As a senior at Robinson High School in Tampa, left handed pitched Chris Lee was selected in the 37th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He made the decision then to forgo professional baseball for at least a year and signed a scholarship with Santa Fe.
The move paid off for Lee in a big way on Tuesday as he was selected in the fourth round by the Houston Astros, an improvement of 33 rounds in just one season under the tutelage of head coach and pitching coach Johnny Wiggs. Lee is the second highest player ever drafted from Santa Fe. Keon Broxton was selected in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In his freshman season at Santa Fe, Lee was 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched. He started six games and pitched six games in relief.
“We are all really excited for Chris and the opportunity he has,” said SF Coach Johnny Wiggs. “Chris has so much ability and continued to improve throughout the year. He has a chance to be a great one for the Houston Astros if he continues to work hard and we wish him all the best as he enters his professional career.”
Fellow pitcher and sophomore Ben O’Shea, undrafted out of high school in 2009, was drafted in the tenth round by the Chicago White Sox, leaving him with a big decision to make over the next couple months. O’Shea recently signed a scholarship with the University of Maryland and will have until August 15 (the cutoff date for MLB teams to sign draftees) to either sign a contract with the White Sox, or attend Maryland.
As a sophomore at SF, O’Shea went 9-2 with a 3.03 ERA and had 98 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched with just 15 walks.
“Ben has some great options – sign with the Chicago White Sox or go play in the ACC at the University of Maryland,” said Wiggs. “He had a great year where he continued to gain velocity and really pounded the strike zone. To go from an undrafted kid out of the northeast to a 10th rounder is a great accomplishment for him. We all look forward to following Ben at Maryland or with the White Sox organization.”
Three 2011-12 signees were also selected during the second day of the draft on Tuesday.
Dereck Rodriguez, son of current Major Leaguer and 14 time All-Star Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was selected in the sixth round by the Minnesota Twins. Rodriguez played his high school ball at Monsignor Pace and hit .393 his senior season with two HR. As a pitcher, he throws in the low to mid 90's and was 1-1 with seven saves.
Following his senior season at Pace, he was named a 2011 Rawlings 2nd Team High School All-American, 2011 Rawlings 1st Team All-Region and was rated as the 25th best prospect in the State of Florida and #170 in the country by Perfect Game USA.
Mallex Smith, one of the fastest players in the state of Florida, was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 13th round. Following a stellar senior season at Tallahassee Rickards High School, Smith was named the district Player of the Year after he hit .541 with four HR, 11 triples, five doubles and 32 stolen bases.
He was named 2011 Rawlings 1st Team All-Region and was rated as the the 39th best prospect in the State of Florida and #277 in the country by Perfect Game USA.
Georgia prep star Deion Williams was the third SF signee drafted, going to the Washington Nationals in the 16th round. Williams played shortstop at Redan High School in Atlanta, GA and was rated as the #5 overall prospect in the state of Georgia and #106 in the country by Perfect Game USA.
“When your incoming guys get drafted it just tells says you are getting the right guys,” said Wiggs. “Bruce Larkins, our recruiting coordinator, has done a great job overseeing our recruiting and helping us obtain the best talent around. It shows with a 6th, 13th, and 16th round draft pick signing with us. We are happy for Dereck, Mallex, and Deion, and we will be excited to have them here at Santa Fe if they decide to not sign professionally.”
WALTERS STATE BASEBALL: Big day for Walters State in MLB Draft
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – The Walters State baseball program had a banner day in the second day of 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Tuesday, as two current and five former players were selected.
Current Senators Cody Geyer and Cody Stubbs were the first two players with Walters State ties taken in the draft, as both were selected in the 14th round only three picks apart.
Geyer was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 424th pick overall after a standout freshman campaign. Geyer hit .350 with eight home runs, 15 doubles and 47 RBIs at the plate, and he was 1-1 with a 2.76 earned run average on the mound.
Stubbs was taken by the Washington Nationals with the 427th pick, capping a stellar sophomore season. The University of Tennessee transfer and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill signee batted .413 with 17 home runs and 76 RBIs while carrying a .788 slugging percentage.
Five former Senators were also selected on Tuesday. Kyle Deese (2010) was taken in the 23rd round by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Western Carolina, and Sam Munson (2010) was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the same round out of Tennessee Wesleyan.
Jesse Wierzbicki (2009) was taken in the 24th round by the Houston Astros out of North Carolina, Will Skinner (2009) was selected in the 25th round by the Atlanta Braves in Middle Tennessee State and Jack Snodgrass (2009) was taken in the 27th round by the San Francisco Giants out of Austin Peay.
With Wierzbicki, Skinner and Snodgrass being selected, that brings the total to 10 players from the 2008 JUCO World Series team that have been drafted.