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18 players with ties to Chatham selected during third day of MLB Draft

by Peter Warren
Friday, June 08, 2018

18 players with ties to Chatham selected during third day of MLB Draft

The MLB Draft wrapped up Wednesday and eighteen players with ties to the Chatham Anglers heard their names called during the final day of the draft.


Three Anglers alumni — Stetson right-hander Jack Perkins (Chatham ’17), North Carolina catcher Cody Roberts (Chatham ’17) and Liberty right-hander Jack DeGroat (Chatham ’17) — were selected in the 11th round.


Perkins, who made six starts last summer with Chatham and was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies, has been great for the Hatters this spring. He is currently 11-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 106 strikeouts. Roberts, who was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles, is hitting .272 for the Tar Heels this season while starting almost 90% of the team’s games.


DeGroat was one of the best pitchers on the Cape last summer. The CCBL All-Star made 11 appearances out of the bullpen. In those appearances, he gave up zero runs, averaged two strikeouts an inning, and had a WHIP of 0.790. The Cleveland Indians drafted DeGroat, who is currently recovering from Tommy John.


John Aiello (Chatham ’16 ’17) was the next Anglers alumnus to be selected. The third baseman out of Wake Forest was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 14th round with the No. 416 overall pick. In his second summer with Chatham in 2017, Aiello hit .306 with a .421 on-base percentage.


Three Boston College players who spent at least one summer playing baseball at Veterans Field were chosen on day as well. Infielder Jake Palomaki (Chatham ’16 ’17), who played in 80 regular season and playoff games for the Anglers over his two seasons in Chatham, was selected in the 18th round by the Tampa Bay Rays.


The Arizona Diamondbacks chose right-handed pitcher Jacob Stevens (Chatham ’16 ’17) in the 21st round with the No. 639 overall selection. Stevens made nine starts for the Anglers over two seasons.


The final Angler alumni from Boston College to be drafted was Daniel Metzdorf, who was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 38th round. Metzdorf pitched in 18.1 innings last summer with the Anglers and had a 2.45 ERA.


2017 CCBL All-Star Josh Shaw (Chatham ’17), a second baseman out of St. John’s, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 19t round. Shaw hit .283 in 31 games for the Anglers last summer.


The San Diego Padres drafted Fordham right-hander Reiss Knehr (Chatham ’17) in the 20th round. Nick Meservey (Chatham ’16), a left-handed pitcher out of Seattle, heard his name called in the 21st round with the Baltimore Orioles picking him up. In the 25th round, the San Francisco Giants selected Fabian Pena (Chatham ’17), a catcher out of Manhattan. High Point right-handed pitcher Hunter Lee (Chatham ’16) went to the Minnesota Twins in the 27th round. Delaware first baseman Nick Patten (Chatham ’17) was drafted in the 28th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Chosen in the 32nd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks was Austin Bergner (Chatham ’17 ’18). Bergner, a right-handed pitcher out of North Carolina, was 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA and a .202 batting average against on the Cape last summer. He has made 12 starts for UNC this spring, compiling a 7-2 record and 76 strikeouts.


In addition to Bergner, four players currently on the 2018 roster were drafted yesterday: Auburn right-hander Davis Daniel, Kentucky infielder Trey Dawson, Oklahoma State righty Jonathon Heasley and Kentucky southpaw Andrew Miller.


The Milwaukee Brewers selected Daniel in the 11th round. Heasley went in the 13th round to the Kansas City Royals. Drafting Dawson in the 15th round was the Houston Astros. Finally, the Miami Marlins picked up Miller the 40th round with the No. 1197 pick.


In total, 25 Chatham Anglers alumni were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft with four potential future Anglers selected as well. Two Anglers alumni went on day one while nine more were drafted on day two. The Astros selected three players with ties to the Anglers, the most of the 30 MLB teams.