June 8, 2014

Fifteen D-III players were selected in the 2014 MLB draft

Fifteen players were selected in the 2014 MLB amateur draft from Division III schools. 

Trevor Lubking, LHP, Pacific Lutheran

Tampa Rays, 14th round, No. 427 overall

Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 205.
Bats: Left. Throws: Left.
Hometown: Buckley, Wash.

The Tampa Rays selected Pacific Lutheran junior starting pitcher Trevor Lubking as the first D-III player taken in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Lubking was taken in the 14th round, No. 427 overall.

Lubking led NCAA Division III in strikeouts with 111, a total that broke his own Pacific Lutheran record of 102 set last season. He compiled a 6-2 record and a 2.12 earned run average while heading up the rotation as the Lutes set a program record with a 2.75 team ERA, shattering the 1968 record of 3.09.

Lubking's ERA was the fourth-lowest by a Pacific Lutheran starter since 1972, and he added a save in his lone relief appearance. He posted five starts with three hits allowed or fewer and had three games with 13 strikeouts. Lubking was a 2014 West All-region selection.

J.P. Feyereisen, RHP, UW-Stevens Point

Ceveland Indians, 16th round, No. 488 overall

Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 210.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: River Falls, Wis.

UW-Stevens Point junior pitcher J.P. Feyereisen was drafted in the 16th round, 488 overall, by the Cleveland Indians in the 2014 Major League First-Year Players Draft.

Feyereisen is just the third UW-Stevens Point player to be drafted as a junior and is the ninth UW-Stevens Point player to be taken in the MLB Draft, the first since center fielder Cody Koback was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2011.

In three years at UW-Stevens Point, the righthander compiled a 15-5 record in 36 appearances, including 26 starts. Feyereisen has a career ERA of 3.05 and held opposing hitters to a .218 batting average. In 180.0 innings, he struck out 141 hitters.
 
As a junior this season, Feyereisen made eight starts among his 12 appearances. He finished the year with a 5-3 record with a 3.75 ERA. The righthander also recorded two of his three career saves at the NCAA McMinnville Regional. Feyereisen tossed two shutouts in his junior season, including a seven-inning one-hitter against UW-Platteville on April 26. Over 62.1 innings, opponents managed just 47 hits and a .202 batting average off Feyereisen.

Steve Ascher, LHP, Oneonta State

Tampa Rays, 17th round, No. 527 overall

Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 185.
Bats: Left. Throws: Left.
Hometown: Cutchogue, N.Y.

Steve Ascher was the third straight junior pitcher who heard his name called in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Ascher was the 527th overall selection of the Tampa Rays in the 17th round.

Ascher ended the season with the top pitching award in the SUNYAC, the Don Axtell Pitcher of the Year. Ascher also earned a first team All-Region selection by D3baseball.com.
 
"We couldn't be happier for Steve," said head coach Ben Grimm.  "He really worked his tail off over the last year to put himself in a position to have a special season like he did and the hard work paid off for him."
 
Ascher finished the season with a record of 6-4 with a 1.82 ERA. In 10 starts this spring he recorded three complete games while registering two shutouts. He struck out 82 batters, which led the SUNYAC, in 69 innings while holding opponents to a .193 batting average against.
 
Ascher led the SUNYAC in strikeouts and was amongst the Division III leaders nationally for total strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings.  Ascher's season highlight was a complete game, four-hit, shutout against Kean, who was ranked No. 3 at the time of the game. 

Corey Holmes, RHP, Concordia (Texas)

New York Yankees, 20th round, No. 602 overall

Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 200.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Waco, Texas

The New York Yankees selected Concordia-Texas senior Corey Holmes in the 20th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Holmes, the 17th pick of the 20th round (602nd overall), became the highest draft choice in the program's history and the fourth draftee overall.

The American Southwest Conference second-team honoree posted a 3-1 record and 0.48 ERA in 18.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Tornados. The Waco native also struck out 29 and limited opposing hitters to a .145 batting average in 13 appearances.

Holmes is the third Concordia Texas player in the last six years to be drafted and second under head coach Tommy Boggs. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Ullmann was a 30th-round pick (916th overall) of the Washington Nationals a year ago, while right-hander Michael Johnson was a 24th-round selection (734th overall) of the New York Mets in 2009.

Collin Radack CF, Hendrix

St. Louis, 20th round, No. 615 overall

Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 205.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Austin, Texas

Collin Radack was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Draft. Radack was taken as the 615th overall pick, the highest pick in Hendrix history. Left-handed pitcher Matt Blanton was taken by the Cardinals in the 23rd round and 695th overall in the 2003 draft.

"I'm beyond excited for my opportunity to play with the Cardinals," said Radack. "Thank you so much to all my teammates, coaches, family and Hendrix College for everything they have done for me over the years. God has truly blessed me with some amazing people in my life. This is an absolute dream come true for me!"

Radack became the Warriors' first baseball All-American this season as he was selected to the ABCA Rawlings Second Team and the D3Baseball.com Third Team. He was also a ABCA/Rawlings All-America Gold Glove Team selection and a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America second team pick.

A four-time first team all-conference selection in the outfield, he hit .389 for his career with 163 runs scored, 45 doubles, 13 triples, six home runs, 110 RBI, .528 slugging percentage, .455 on-base percentage, 81 stolen bases and a .922 fielding percentage. Radack ended his career with school records in games played, started, at bats, runs, hits, triples, stolen bases and fielding percentage. He also broke the program record with a 28-game hitting streak during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Radack capped his career as the 2014 SAA Man of the Year and Player of the Year. He ranked third in the NCAA stolen bases, 17th in hits, 20th in runs scored and 49th in total bases. On the year, Radack hit .401 with 73 hits, 53 runs, 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 23 RBI, 34 stolen bases, a .549 slugging percentage, .471 on-base percentage, and a perfect fielding percentage in 158 chances.

Miles Nordgren, RHP, Birmingham-Southern

Minnesota Twins, 23rd round, No. 680 overall

Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 190.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Gadsden, Ala.

Miles Nordgren will be able to continue playing baseball this summer as he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with their 23rd selection in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Nordgren shared the team lead in wins as he was 8-2 with a 1.37 ERA in 14 appearances. He struckout 62 batters and allowed a .188 batting average on the mound.

Nordgren piled up the awards in his senior season with All-American recognition by both D3baseball.com and ABCA. Demonstrating prowess in the classroom as well as on the baseball diamond, Nordgren earned a Capital One Academic All-American award from the College Sports Information Directors of America. Nordgren, a recent BSC graduate from Gadsden, Ala., received his degree in mathematics with a 3.80 final grade point average. He was named Second-Team Academic All-America.

Kyle Simmons, RHP, Texas Lutheran

Washington Nationals, 24th round, No. 724 overall

Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 205.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.

Texas Lutheran junior righthander Kyle Simmons was drafted in the 24th round of Major League Baseball's 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Simmons was selected by the Washington Nationals with the 724th overall pick.
 
"This is a great opportunity for Kyle," said Greg Burnett, Texas Lutheran's head baseball coach. "He's battled through some injuries throughout his career. Hopefully he has moved beyond them because he has all the physical attributes to succeed in professional baseball."
 
Simmons is the ninth Bulldog and second pitcher in school history to be taken in the MLB Draft. He is the first Bulldog drafted since junior shortstop Jacob Kaase was taken by the Texas Rangers in the 2007 draft. The Atlanta Braves drafted righthander Glen Germer in the 17 round of the 1980 draft.
 
Simmons, with a fastball that can reach the low 90s, pitched three years for the Bulldogs. He appeared in games in 2011, 2012 and 2014. He took a medical redshirt season in 2013.  Simmons still has one year of eligibility remaining at Texas Lutheran.
 
In his career, Simmons appeared in 11 total games for the Bulldogs. He has a career ERA of 7.36 with a record of 0-1.  In 2014, Simmons pitched in eight games and registered six strikeouts, three walks and four hits allowed. Opponents hit just .160 against him.

Rob Winemiller, RHP, Case Western

Toronto Blue Jays, 25th round, No. 744 overall

Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 190.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Twinsburg, Ohio

Case Western Reserve junior pitcher Rob Winemiller has been selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 25th round (744th overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.

Winemiller is only the second player in team history to be selected in the MLB Draft. Third baseman Eric Macha went in the 33rd round to the Oakland Athletics in 2003.

Winemiller was named the top Division III draft prospect in the nation this past fall by perfect game.org. That ranking came on the heels of his performance during summer ball with the Geneva Redwings of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

The 2014 season was Winemiller's first as a collegiate pitcher. Out of the bullpen, he went 1-0 with a save, a 4.05 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20 innings

Aaron Cressley, RHP, Pitt-Bradford

San Diego Padres, 26th round, No. 777 overall

Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 175.
Bats: Left. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Spartansburg, Penn.

Pitt-Bradford junior right-handed pitcher Aaron Cressley was selected in the 26th round, 777th overall, by the San Diego Padres in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.

Cressley became just the second Panther to be drafted since 1998, the first season in Pitt-Bradford baseball history. The only other player selected was Zach Foster. Foster was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 49th round of the 2008 draft.

“I am so happy for Cress,” said head coach Bret Butler. “This is exactly what he has been striving for his entire collegiate career. His efforts are paying off and I am so very proud of him. I’m also happy for our pitching coach Zach Foster. Zach did an exemplary job preparing him for this opportunity.”

“This means everything to me,” said Cressley. “It has been my dream for my whole life and I can finally say I made my dream come true. I am very thankful to the Padres for picking me up and believing in me. I am truly blessed.”  

The Corry native got off to a blistering start in his junior campaign and went on to post a 5-4 record and pitched three complete games. He started in all nine of his appearances and tossed a team-high 52.1 innings. He finished with a 2.75 ERA and fanned a total of 76 batters, also first on the squad.   

Cressley earned a spot on the AMCC second team for his efforts this year. 

Scott Harris, LHP, Buena Vista

Philadelphia Phillies, 27th round, No. 802 overall

Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 240.
Bats: Left. Throws: Left.
Hometown: Grimes, Iowa

Buena Vista junior left-handed starting pitcher Scott Harris had his name called during the 27th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. The southpaw was selected with the 802nd overall pick by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harris had a standout year on the mound for the Beavers while helping to lead them to a school record 37 wins and both the regular season and conference tournament championships.

He appeared in 11 games, including eight starts, and posted an 8-1 record with an ERA of 2.78 during 68 innings of work. He finished the year with 81 strikeouts as opponents hit just .229 off of him.

Against IIAC foes, he went a perfect 5-0 in six starts with a 2.38 ERA. In 41.2 innings, he allowed just 29 hits and struck out 59 batters.

Following the year, he earned First Team All-IIAC recognition and was also named First Team All-Region by both D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association.

"Scott has worked very hard to get to this point," says BVU  coach Steve Eddie. "He has improved each and every year and has a tremendous opportunity ahead of himself. We are extremely happy for Scott and his family."

Julian Brazilli, 3B, Whittier

St. Loius Cardinals, 31st round, No. 945 overall

Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 185.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.

Julian Brazilli was one of three SCIAC players taken in the 2014 MLB First-Year Draft. Brazilli was the 31st selection of the St. Louis Cardinals, 945th overall.

The Los Angeles native was the Poet cleanup batter all season long and produced a .375 batting average from 36 hits, which included six doubles, a triple, and a SCIAC leading 15 home runs, while walking 24 times. He had 15 multi-hit games, collecting three hits three times, and four hits twice. 

He drove in 35 runs and scored 39 after stealing two bases. He had 22 extra base hits and 89 total bases and defensively at third base converted on 84 total outs with 23 putouts and 56 assists and was part of seven double plays this spring in SCIAC games.

Overall this season he put up impressive statistics leading all of NCAA Division III in home runs with 17 coupled with 55 hits, which included eight doubles, and three triples. He plated 52 runs and scored 46 times and finished with 120 Total Bases.  He had a .845 slugging percentage, a .497 on base percentage and batted .387 on the season, to go with 27 walks. Defensively at third base he had a .939 fielding percentage with 34 punch-outs and 89 assists.

The post season accolades rolled in for the senior third baseman who was named to the D3baseball.com and the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-American teams.

Jamill Moquette, RF, UMass-Boston

Baltimore Orioles, 32nd round, No. 961 overall

Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 215.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Named one of the top prospects in Division III baseball at the start of the season, Jamill Moquete fulfilled this promise with a 32nd round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

In 2014, Moquete became the program leader in career triples with 11, while his 41 walks this season, not only led the country at the end of the 2014 regular season, but established a new single season record as well.

The lone Beacon to earn First Team All-Conference honors in 2014, Moquete ended his senior campaign with a .333 average, .563 slugging percentage, and .497 on-base percentage.  In 135 at-bats, the Boston native finished the year with 45 hits, which included seven doubles, six triples, and four home runs.  He also combined for 29 RBI, and finished with a team-best 38 runs scored.  His 19 stolen bases would once again lead the Beacons, as he finished his career with 67 which is third most all-time at UMass Boston. 

Perhaps one of the toughest hitters in all of Division III baseball, Moquete reached base at-least once in 40 of the 41 games played.  He went on to record at-least one hit in 28 games, and had a total of 14 multi-hit games.  Moquete would have his best game of the season in the 16-13 win over Westfield State, when he went 3-for-6 with a double, two triples, five RBI, and two runs scored.  His two triples in that game tied the single-game program record. 

Moquete ended his career at UMass Boston as a two-time All-Conference selection, the 2014 LEC Co-Player of the Year, and a two-time All-NEIBA honoree. 

Jake Petersen, LHP, Cal Lutheran

Los Angeles Angels, 33th round, No. 989 overall

Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 205.
Bats: Left. Throws: Left.
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Cal Lutheran pitcher/ outfielder Jake Petersen was selected in the 33rd round (No. 989 overall) by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Petersen becomes the 24th Kingsmen drafted in program history and is the highest selection since Ian Durham was chosen in the 28th round during the 2011 draft.

The 6-foot-4 Cal State Northridge transfer was a two-way player for CLU, serving as the team’s ace and three-hole hitter. Petersen helped the Kingsmen to two straight SCIAC titles and two victories during the 2014 NCAA McMinnville Regional.

2014 was a banner season for Petersen as he became the first CLU player to earn First Team All-America honors in back-to-back years. On the mound, Petersen led the Kingsmen with a 9-2 record on the mound. The left-handed pitcher struck out a career-high 75 in 87.2 innings of work. At the plate, Petersen also was CLU’s top hitter as he compiled a .434 batting average after collecting 69 hits. The senior also had 18 doubles and scored 42 runs. Petersen finished his Cal Lutheran career as the school’s leader in batting average and 10th in strikeouts.

Cal Lutheran pitcher/ outfielder Jake Petersen was selected in the 33rd round (No. 989 overall) by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. Petersen becomes the 24th Kingsmen drafted in program history and is the highest selection since Ian Durham was chosen in the 28th round during the 2011 draft.

The 6-foot-4 Cal State Northridge transfer was a two-way player for CLU, serving as the team’s ace and three-hole hitter. Petersen helped the Kingsmen to two straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) titles and two victories during the 2014 NCAA McMinnville Regional.

2014 was a banner season for Petersen as he became the first CLU player to earn First Team All-America honors in back-to-back years. On the mound, Petersen led the Kingsmen with a 9-2 record on the mound. The left-handed pitcher struck out a career-high 75 in 87.2 innings of work. At the plate, Petersen also was CLU’s top hitter as he compiled a .434 batting average after collecting 69 hits. The senior also had 18 doubles and scored 42 runs. Petersen finished his Cal Lutheran career as the school’s leader in batting average and 10th in strikeouts.

Along with Petersen, Division III has had a strong presence in the 2014 draft. Pacific Lutheran pitcher Tyler Lubking, who Cal Lutheran actually beat this past season, was the highest Division III player drafted, being picked up in the 14th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. 

- See more at: http://www.clusports.com/baseball/news/10729/#sthash.QoS5iDgV.dpuf

Cal Lutheran pitcher/ outfielder Jake Petersen was selected in the 33rd round (No. 989 overall) by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. Petersen becomes the 24th Kingsmen drafted in program history and is the highest selection since Ian Durham was chosen in the 28th round during the 2011 draft.

The 6-foot-4 Cal State Northridge transfer was a two-way player for CLU, serving as the team’s ace and three-hole hitter. Petersen helped the Kingsmen to two straight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) titles and two victories during the 2014 NCAA McMinnville Regional.

2014 was a banner season for Petersen as he became the first CLU player to earn First Team All-America honors in back-to-back years. On the mound, Petersen led the Kingsmen with a 9-2 record on the mound. The left-handed pitcher struck out a career-high 75 in 87.2 innings of work. At the plate, Petersen also was CLU’s top hitter as he compiled a .434 batting average after collecting 69 hits. The senior also had 18 doubles and scored 42 runs. Petersen finished his Cal Lutheran career as the school’s leader in batting average and 10th in strikeouts.

Along with Petersen, Division III has had a strong presence in the 2014 draft. Pacific Lutheran pitcher Tyler Lubking, who Cal Lutheran actually beat this past season, was the highest Division III player drafted, being picked up in the 14th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. 

- See more at: http://www.clusports.com/baseball/news/10729/#sthash.QoS5iDgV.dpuf

Tad Gold, CF, Endicott

Baltimore Orioles, 35th round, No. 1051st overall

Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 185.
Bats: Left. Throws: Left.
Hometown: Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

First Team All-American outfielder and D3Baseball.com Player of the Year Tad Gold became the second player in Endicott history to hear his name call in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft as the former Gulls standout was taken in the 35th round (1,051st overall) by the Baltimore Orioles.

In 2014, Gold capped off his four years in the Blue and Green with a career season in which the outfielder batted .429 with 79 hits, including 27 for extra bases, 60 runs scored, 45 runs batted in, and 28 stolen bases. Gold got on base at a .493 clip and slugged .625 for a 1.118 OPS.

Gold finished his career as the program's leader in hits (222), runs (163), triples (23), and stolen bases (94) while ranking in the top-10 in nearly all offensive statistical categories. Defensively, Gold did not commit an error all season long and ended his career with a .995 fielding percentage as the team's centerfielder for 178 games played.

Gold's efforts this past spring helped Endicott win their second straight CCC Championship and reach the NCAA Division III New England Regional final in back-to-back seasons.

Gold is a three-time All-CCC honoree, 2014 CCC Player of the Year, D3Baseball.com New England Player of the Year, New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Player of the Year, D3baseball.com and ABCA First Team All-American, and the D3Baseball.com National Player of the Year.

Joseph Winterburn, C, La Verne

Boston Red Sox, 40th round, No. 1214th overall

Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 200.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Glendora, Calif.

The University of La Verne catcher Joe Winterburn was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 40th round (1214th overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Winterburn becomes the 41st La Verne player to be drafted in program history and the first since Scott Lindeen '05 was picked by the Florida Marlins in 2005.

The 6-foot, 200-pound right-handed hitter is a native of Glendora, Calif., and played high school baseball at Glendora High School. Winterburn is son of La Verne head coach Scott Winterburn.

A Division I transfer from UC Santa Barbara, Winterburn spent just one season as a Leopard, but he made it a memorable one. The senior hit .350 with seven home runs and 54 RBI in 40 games this past season and collected numerous postseason honors. He was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Division III Second Team All-America as well as earning First Team All-SCIAC honors.

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