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Nine former Anglers selected during second day of MLB Draft

by Peter Warren, 06-06-2018

Nine former Anglers selected during second day of MLB Draft

On the second day of the MLB Draft — featuring rounds 3-10 — held Tuesday, eight different teams selected nine Chatham Anglers alumni. 

 

The first former Angler off the board on day two was Jeremy Pena (Chatham ’17). Pena, a shortstop out of Maine, was selected in the third round with the No. 102 overall pick. Pena was the No. 102 ranked player by Baseball America and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Maine. 

 

Pena hit .308 with a .393 on-base percentage and 50 runs scored this spring for the Black Bears. With the Anglers in the summer, Pena was named a CCBL All-Star. Pena’s main attraction is his defense, with Baseball America describing him as having “fantastic defensive actions, loose athleticism and an above-average arm.”

 

South Carolina Pitcher Adam Hill (Chatham ’17), Baseball America’s No. 81 ranked prospect, was drafted in the fourth round with the No. 110 overall pick by the New York Mets. Hill finished the 2018 campaign 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA and .191 batting average against. During the season, he had two games with 14 strikeouts, including one game were he went seven shutout innings with no hits allowed.

 

Another Adam was the next Chatham alumnus off the board. Southpaw Adam Wolf (Chatham ’17) out of Louisville was selected by the Detroit Tigers at No. 135 overall or first pick in he fifth round. Coming into the draft, he was the No. 151 prospect by Baseball America. He made 16 starts for the Cardinals and held hitters to a .213 batting average while striking out 109 hitters and winning eight games.

 

At No. 187, the New York Yankees selected Rodney Hutchison Jr. (Chatham ’17), a right-handed pitcher out of North Carolina. Hutchison was one of the best relievers on the Cape last summer, pitching in nine games while only allowing two runs in 25.1 innings. Hutchison has pitched in a swingman role for the Tar Heels this spring, making 10 starts and 10 appearances out of the bullpen. 

 

Two Anglers alumni went back-to-back in the sixth round of the draft. First, Florida State right-hander Andrew Karp (Chatham ’16) went No. 191 overall to the Washington Nationals. Then, the Houston Astros selected Pitt right-hander R.J. Freure (Chatham ’17) at No. 192. 

 

Karp finished the 2018 season with an 8-4 record, 3.97 ERA and 97 strikeouts for the Seminoles. During the summer of 2016, he made six starts for the Anglers and had an ERA of 3.99.

 

Freure was a reliever at Pittsburgh, making 26 appearances out of the bullpen with one start this season. He picked up four wins while also accumulating a 1.43 WHIP. Coming out of the pen for the Anglers last summer, Freure went 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA in 18.2 innings.

 

With the No. 218 overall pick in the seventh round, the Chicago Cubs chose D.J. Artis (Chatham ’16 ’17). Artis is an outfielder out of Liberty University who was ranked as No. 149 prospect by Baseball America before the draft. 

 

After being named the 2017 Big South Player of the Year and 2016 Big South Freshman of the Year, Artis hit .292 with a .458 on-base percentage, 16 doubles and 26 stolen bases. During his first summer with Chatham, Artis hit .271 while collecting a team-high 32 hits. In 2017, he hit .250 in nine games with the Anglers.

 

Another Pitt pitcher with experience playing in Chatham went in the eight round. Matt Pidich (Chatham ’16) went No. 229 overall to the Cincinnati Reds. Pidich went 6-2 with 99 strikeouts in 15 starts with the Panthers this spring. He was used six times in relief in 2016 with Chatham.

 

The last Anglers alumnus selected on day two of the draft was Wichita State catcher Gunner Troutwine (Chatham ’16). The Chicago White Sox drafted the catcher with the No. 258 overall pick. Troutwine had a slash line of .302/.413/.505 with the Shockers this past spring. In 2016 with Chatham, Troutwine was named a CCBL All-Star as he hit .278 over 27 games.

 

The MLB Draft concludes today with rounds 11-40. During last year’s draft, 253 Cape Cod Baseball League alumni were drafted over the course of the 40 rounds.