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2012 MLB Draft Results

by George Barclay
Wednesday, June 06, 2012

2012 MLB Draft Results
The three-day 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft concluded Wednesday with 27 Chatham Anglers getting the call, highlighted by Richie Shaffer and Pat Light on Day 1. Four more were slated to play for Chatham in 2012: Mark Bordonaro, Anthony Vega and Tony Wieber, and Kris Hall, but all signed contracts before making their Anglers debut.

In the 20 years that John Schiffner has managed the Chatham Anglers, the team has produced first round draft picks in 17 of them. This tradition of excellence continued in the 2012 MLB Draft with Clemson's Richie Shaffer (Chatham '11) getting selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the 25th pick and Monmouth's Pat Light ('11) being taken by the Boston Red Sox as the 37th pick in supplemental round. Of the 30 Anglers taken in this year's draft, 15 were picks in the first 10 rounds. Highlighting this group of 15 are Shaffer, Oklahoma City College's Dane Phillips ('11), UCLA's Beau Amaral (10-'11), and South Carolina's Evan Marzilli ('11).

Last year for the Anglers, Shaffer excelled as both the team's most powerful hitter and first baseman. In 36 games, Shaffer hit .263 with with 6 home runs and 22 RBIs for Chatham and only committed three errors. Shaffer also won the Cape Cod League's Home Run Derby at Fenway Park, hitting six home runs. In addition, Shaffer will join former Chatham standout Evan Longoria ('05) in Tampa Bay. According to Baseball Prospectus and ESPN's Kevin Goldstein, Shaffer is considered to be the best college hitter in the draft.

Dane Phillips also had an extremely productive year for Chatham last summer as a catcher and designated hitter. In 41 games, Phillips hit .349 with 4 home runs and 34 RBIs. Late in the season, Phillips had a chance to win the triple crown. Phillips was one of three Anglers selected in the second round by the San Diego Padres and will be joined by Miami's Stephen Perez ('10-'11) and Michigan State's Tony Wieber ('12).

Acting as the Bruins' leadoff hitter and starting center fielder, Beau Amaral was able to take advantage of his two years in Chatham. While Amaral's numbers were not mind blowing, hitting .232 and .242 in 2010 and 2011, he is hitting .320 with 4 home runs and 45 RBIs for UCLA this year and has played a major role in the team advancing the the NCAA Super Regional. Amaral was selected in the seventh round by the Cincinatti Reds.

Another Angler making waves on the national level is outfielder Evan Marzilli. Despite hitting just .159 in 20 games for Chatham last summer, Marzilli has been very productive for the two-time defending national champion Gamecocks. Marzilli is hitting .288 with 2 home runs and 30 RBIs for South Carolina this season, who have once again advanced to the NCAA Super Regional. Marzilli was taken in the eighth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

PlayerChatham Year(s)CollegeRoundOverall MLB Team
Richie Shaffer2011Clemson125Tampa Bay
Pat Light2011Monmouth1A37Boston
Dane Phillips2011Oklahoma City College270San Diego
Matt Koch2011Louisville3107New York Mets
Tim Cooney2011Wake Forest3117St. Louis
Zach Jones2010-11San Jose State4130Minnesota
Jacob Stallings2010North Carolina7226Pittsburgh
Beau Amaral2010-11UCLA7232Cincinnati
*Kris Hall2012Lee University8259Oakland
Stephen Perez2010-11Miami8264San Diego
Evan Marzilli2011South Carolina8273Arizona
Derek Self2010Louisville9294Washington
Jeff Gibbs2011Maine9303Arizona
JT Watkins2011Army10331Boston
Eric Jaffe2011UCLA11351Chicago White Sox
Buck Farmer2011Georgia Tech15485Milwaukee
Dom Leone2011Clemson16491Seattle
Cody Penny2011North Carolina16503Cleveland
Greg Larson2010Florida20631Boston
Joe Sever2011Pepperdine21653Cleveland
Tucker Healy2011Ithaca23709Oakland
Pat Blair2011Wake Forest24729Houston
Mark Ginther2010Oklahoma State24753Arizona
*Mark Bordonaro2012Fairfield25761Seattle
Matt Brazis2010-11Boston College28851Seattle
Phil Pohl2010Clemson28859Oakland
Hunter Bailey2011Oklahoma State28864Washington
*Anthony Vega2012Manhattan30912Baltimore
*Tony Wieber2012Michigan State331005San Diego
Kurt Schluter2012Stetson391201Boston

* Slated to play for Chatham in 2012 but signed before making their Anglers debut