Fifteen Anglers Get The Call
Day Two of the MLB First-Year Player Draft was chocked full of familiar names to Chatham faithful, with fourteen former Anglers getting the call to report to their new team's respective headquarters.
2009-2010 right-handed starter Logan Verrett (pictured) from Baylor University got the ball rolling in the third round, selected by the New York Mets with the 101st overall pick. Verrett led the 2010 Anglers staff with a 0.87 ERA, good for third-best in the League. He was one of four players selected to represent Chatham in the 2010 Cape Cod League All Star Game.
Just five picks later, fellow 2010 All Star Aaron Westlake (Vanderbilt) was selected 106th overall by the Detroit Tigers. Drafted in 2010 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round, Westlake opted to return to school for his senior season, and was recently named to the Nashville Regional All-Tournament Team.
Rounding out the Anglers third round, 2009-2010 first baseman Ricky Oropesa (USC) was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 116th overall pick. Known for his power bat, Oropesa led the league in 2010 with seven home runs, and was selected as a participant in the Cape Cod League Home Run Derby at Fenway Park.
Next off the board was 2010 second baseman Dan Paolini (Siena). Paolini finished the 2010 NCAA season with 26 home runs, second-most in all of collegiate baseball. Paolini was selected in the tenth round by the Seattle Mariners, 303rd overall.
2009 first baseman Dean Green was next to hear his name called. The Barry University senior, selected 347th overall in the 11th round by the Detroit Tigers, finished fourth in the 2011 voting for the Tino Martinez Award, which is awarded to the top Division II baseball player in the country. Green's .275 batting average was second-best among 2009 Chatham batters.
The Colorado Rockies made their first of two Chatham selections with the 438th overall pick in the 14th round, tabbing 2010 center fielder Brian Humphries (Pepperdine). Humphries batted leadoff for most of the 2010 campaign, with a .253 batting average and 12 runs batted in.
The Chicago White Sox, with the first of their three Chatham picks, tabbed 2010 third baseman Mark Ginther (OK State). Ginther flashed outstanding defensive ability at the hot corner for the Boys in Blue, and hit two home runs with ten runs batted in.
Next off the board was 2009 outfielder Jeff Schaus (Clemson). The Los Angeles Dodgers liked the lefty's bat and defensive ability, selecting him in the 16th round with the 494th overall pick. Schaus batted .239 over 21 games in 2009.
2010 fans heard a name they had been anxiously waiting to hear just three rounds later when the White Sox tabbed another Angler in the 19th round in infielder/RHP Kevin Vance (UConn). The Huskies' best performances came on the mound in 2010, compiling a 0.50 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 18 innings. Vance was the 591st overall name announced in this year's draft.
2009 third baseman Matt Duffy was next to hear his name called, selected 610th overall by the Houston Astros in the 20th round. Duffy played 33 games at the hot corner for the Anglers with six doubles, tied for second-most on the team.
Just a few moments later, 2010 temporary player Garret Smith was selected with the 630th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 20th round. The Boston College senior was selected as a shortstop, but spent time in Chatham in 2010 as a catcher. He made five appearances with the Anglers, batting .250 in 12 at-bats.
Another member of the 2010 roster that spent less than 20 games with the team who heard his name called on Day Two of the draft was USC middle-infielder Joe DePinto. DePinto batted just .129 over 19 games, but flashed a good glove at both second base and shortstop in his stint on the Cape.
2009 RHP Patrick Johnson (UNC) was called next, the second of the Colorado Rockies' two Chatham selections on Day Two. Johnson made seven appearances on the mound for the Anglers with five starts, and compiled a 2-1 record with a 2.76 ERA, striking out 24 batters in 29.1 innings of work.
The 27th round saw the selection of Louisville RHP Derek Self, who will remain an A, selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 826th overall pick. Self, also a 2010 All Star, pitched 42 innings over eight appearances with six starts, and carried a 3-0 record with a 2.36 ERA last summer.
The final familiar name to be called Tuesday was that of Florida RHP Greg Larson. The Los Angeles Angels selected the 6'8 hurler in the 29th round with the 885th overall pick. Larson struck out 20 batters in 24.2 innings of work over seven appearances with three starts in 2010 with the Anglers.
Day Three of the 2011 MLB Draft commences at noon on Wednesday for the final twenty rounds, with more former Anglers sure to be selected. Stick with us at www.chathamanglers.com as we quickly approach the start of the 2011 season!