Monday, 13 September 2010 12:26

Followup on the 2010 MLB draft

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Here is how the NAIA players taken in the 2010 MLB draft did this summer.

Joseph Staley - C, Lubbock Christian, 8th round, Giants - Played 33 games for the AZL Giants, batted .250, five home runs, 25 RBI. He will be spending the Fall in the Instructional League in Scottsdale, AZ.

Kawicka Emsley-Pai - C, Lewis-Clark State, 10th round, Diamondbacks - Played 42 games with the Yakima Bears of the short-season Class A Northwest League, batted .167.

Tyler Knigge - RHP, Lewis-Clark State, 12th round, Phillies - Pitched 30 1/3 innings for the GCL Phillies (ten appearances, four starts), had a record of 0-3, 5.04 ERA, 27 strikeouts. One of his teammates with the Phillies was Pat Murray (1B, Lewis-Clark State, 34th round, Phillies). Murray played 52 games, batted .313, with two home runs, 26 RBI.

Garrett Rau - RHP, Cal Baptist, 12th round, Red Sox - Made 15 relief appearances for the Lowell Spinners of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League, pitched 51 innings, had a record of 0-4, 3.53 ERA, 32 strikeouts.

Drew Tyson - RHP, Reinhardt, 17th round, A's - Pitched 27 innings in relief for the AZL A's, had a record of 1-0, 1.33 ERA, 41 strikeouts. Moved up to the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League, pitched nine innings, allowed one run on ten hits, struck out eight. He was the first Reinhardt player to be drafted; their program began in 2005.

Chase Wentz - OF, LSU-Shreveport, Pirates - Returning to LSU-Shreveport for his senior year; story by Shelley Davenport in The Almagest: Wentz chooses Pilots over Pirates

Josh Ashenbrenner - IF, Lewis-Clark State, Tigers - Played 63 games for the Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League, batted .260, with 18 RBI.

Jonathan Kountis - RHP, Embry-Riddle, Mets - Had five starts with the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League, and four starts (nine appearances) with the Brroklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League. His combined record for the two teams was 1-2, 5.13 ERA, 39 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings pitched.

Bennett Whitmore - LHP, Concordia-Irvine, Mariners - Made seven appearances (14 2/3 innings pitched) with the Pulaski Mariners of the Rookie Appalachian League, then six appearances (7 1/3 innings pitched) with the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League. His record with the AquaSox was 0-1, 3.68 RBI, five strikeouts.

Peter Birdwell - RHP, Vanguard, Mets - Made 16 appearances (one start), pitched 32 innings for the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League, had a record of 2-1, 3.94 ERA, 28 strikeouts, 21 walks.

Austin Goolsby - C, Embry-Riddle, 26th round, Orioles - Played 14 games with the Aberdeen Ironbirds of the New York-Penn League, and ten games with the Bluefield Orioles of the Appalachian League. He batted .146 for the Ironbirds. And .148 for the Orioles. One of his teammates with the Ironbirds was Sammie Starr (SS, British Columbia, 34th round, Orioles), who played 35 games, batted .242, with an on-base percentage of .327.

Brian Burke - IF, Lewis-Clark State, 29th round, Twins - Played 60 games for the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League, batted .286, with six home runs and 26 RBI. He was the Appalachian League Player of the Week for Aug. 2.

Ryan Delgado - C, Azusa Pacific, 32nd round, Braves - Played 45 games with the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League, batted .301 with six home runs and 24 RBI.

Stephen Shakleford - RHP, Savannah College of Art and Design, 35th round, Giants - Started the season with the AZL Giants, went to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Northwest League, made nine relief appearances (14 2/3 innings pitched), had a record of 1-1, 1.23 ERA, 15 strikeouts. SCAD currently has four alumni (all pitchers) playing pro ball.

Mark Hardy, San Antonio MissionsMark Hardy - LHP, British Columbia, 43rd round, Padres - Definitely the valedictorian of this class; he was the only one to make it as far as Class AA. He started the season with the AZL Padres, moved up to the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League, and finished the season with two starts with the San Antonio Missions of the Class AA Texas League. His record for the Summer was 5-5, 3.51 ERA in 14 appearances (13 starts), 74 1/3 innings pitched, 72 strikeouts, 20 walks. In his first start with the Missions, he had two turns at bat, and got two hits and an RBI. (In his four seasons at British Columbia, he never got a turn at bat.) The Padres are very happy with him.

Terrance Jackson - OF/LHP, Oklahoma City, 45th round, Mets - His .338 batting average, ten home runs, along with his six wins and 60 strikeouts on the mound, are returning to Oklahoma City.

Last modified on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 11:01


Bob Broughton started going to British Columbia home games in 2001, and was favorably impressed with the caliber of play. This led to annual trips to the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID, a nine-hour drive from Vancouver. He retired in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2012.


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