High school players rule Bucs' Day 2
Many Draft selections to decide between college, pro ball
PITTSBURGH -- Go to college or head straight to the Majors? It's a decision a many of the Pirates' Draft selections are dealing with.
Two such players are Colton Cain of Waxahachie High School in Texas and Zachary Von Rosenberg of Zachary High School in Louisiana. The former was selected in the eighth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon while the latter was chosen in the sixth round.
In all, the Pirates selected 13 players out of high school or prep school on Wednesday. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said 21 of the team's 30 selections have asked for more than six figures.
Despite a decision facing Cain and Von Rosenberg down the road, both pitchers just want the realization of being selected to sink in first.
"I was on the phone with another MLB team and I didn't get prepared to see my name," Von Rosenberg said. "It was weird. But it's definitely an honor to be drafted by a MLB club."
Meanwhile, Cain, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, is committed to the University of Texas. He said he was a little disappointed that he wasn't chosen on the first day of the Draft, but admitted the chance of him playing collegiate ball probably impacted his selection. He was ranked 44th among high school prospects by Baseball America last fall.
As for what it will take to help him decide, Cain wants to first talk with his family.
"There's not been a chance to talk about everything," Cain said. "We're working as a group."
As for Von Rosenberg, he committed to Louisiana State University back in 2008.
The pitcher has played for Zachary High School the past three seasons and has won four straight state titles. Von Rosenberg is rated No. 41 in the 2009 MaxPreps Baseball Report Top 100.
Von Rosenberg is listed at 6-foot-5 and said he was headed to Omaha, Neb., to watch LSU play in the College World Series. The Tigers' first game is against Virginia on Saturday.
As for which players Huntington is targeting to sign, he was careful not to name specifics. He simply said the team was going to be very aggressive.
"We're not going to sign them all," Huntington said. "Some are waiting to go to college and their value is going to remain above where almost everybody in the industry would have given them. We'll allocate as aggressively and efficiently as we can."
Here are the Pirates' other selections on Day 2 of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft:
Round 4, Zackry Dodson, LHP, Medina Valley High School: The Pirates' first pick of the day participated in the 2008 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and is a University of Baylor recruit. He went 10-0 with a 1.20 ERA while striking out 129 batters in 64 1/3 innings pitched this past season. He also hit .465 with 11 home runs.
Round 5, Nathan Baker, LHP, University of Mississippi: Baker appeared in 20 games for the Rebels this season, posting a 4-3 record with a 3.63 ERA. He completed his junior season by pitching five innings and surrendering only two earned runs against Virginia in the NCAA Super Regionals. His father, Tim, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
Round 7, Trent Stevenson, RHP, Brophy Jesuit Prep: A University of Arizona recruit, Stevenson stands at 6-foot-6. He went 7-2 with a 3.91 ERA this past season and struck out 59 batters in 48 1/3 innings.
Round 9, Brock Holt, 2B, Rice University: A junior, Holt helped lead the Owls to the NCAA Super Regionals, where they lost two straight to LSU. He finished third on the team in batting among regulars at .348 and tied for the team lead with 11 steals. He also fielded at a clip of .975 was named to the All-NCAA Regional Team.
Pirates -- Top five selections
|4||C||Jorge Sanchez||Boston Col|
|49||RHP||Victor Black||Dallas Baptist U|
|53||RHP||Brooks Pounders||Temecula Valley HS|
|84||CF||Evan Chambers||Hillsborough CC|
|115||LHP||Zackry Dodson||Medina Valley HS|
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Round 10, Joseph Schoenfeld, C, Santiago High School: Schoenfeld is one of San Diego State head coach Tony Gwynn's recruits for the upcoming season. He was named the MVP of his school's varsity team this past season.
Round 11, Aaron Baker, 1B, University of Oklahoma: Another junior, Baker provided power for the Sooners with his 15 home runs and 56 RBIs. He hit his first career grand slam against Washington State in NCAA Regional play. He was selected by the Twins in the 37th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
Round 12, Jeffrey Inman, RHP, Stanford University: Inman was first selected by the Royals in the 19th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, but he didn't sign a professional contract. He won 13 games in his Cardinal career and was ranked as the ninth-best prospect of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America in 2008.
Round 13, John Gourley, SS, Eastern Wayne High School: A commit to East Carolina University, his father, John, was a member of the Canadian National Baseball Team in baseball from 1979-80. Gourley was the MVP of the 2009 Futures Game that involved the top North Carolina and Virginia players. He hit .477 his senior season.
Round 14, Marcos Reyna, RHP, Bakersfield College: The 6-foot-2 freshman posted a 1-6 record with a 4.12 ERA this past season. He showed his strikeout potential, however, as he struck out 83 batters in 78 2/3 innings.
Round 15, Peter Bako, C, Connors State College: Bako is currently playing with the Oshawa Dodgers of the Intercounty Baseball League. Through Wednesday, Bako was batting .385 with a home run and six RBIs.
Round 16, Matthew Den Dekker, OF, University of Florida: Although the Gators were eliminated in the NCAA Super Regional, Den Dekker had a productive season. Ranked by Baseball America as the 44th best position player in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, Den Dekker hit .296 this season. He also compiled 17 stolen bases in 18 attempts.
Round 17, Jordan Cooper, RHP, Shelbyville Central High School: Cooper was ranked 81st among the nation's top 100 high school prospects by Baseball America. A University of Kentucky commit, Cooper went 7-1 with a 1.47 ERA as a senior.
Round 18, Ryan Beckman, RHP, Grayson County College: Standing at 6-foot-4, Beckman went to the same high school as current Pirate Andy LaRoche.
Round 19, Joshua Urban, RHP, Dripping Springs High School: A University of Texas recruit, Urban went 9-0 with a 0.91 ERA as a senior. He struck out 65 batters in just 46 innings.
Round 20, Sam Spangler, LHP, University of Hawaii: Spangler went 5-3 with four saves as a sophomore this season. He led the team with 19 appearances and ranked second on the staff with a 4.17 ERA. Spangler also struck out 48 batters in 45 1/3 innings.
Round 21, Phillip Irwin, RHP, University of Mississippi: Irwin went 8-3 with a 3.84 ERA this past season. He was the starting pitcher for his club's only win in the Super Regional. He lasted seven innings and gave up three runs to earn a no-decision.
Round 22, Carmine Giardina, LHP, University of Tampa: Giardina was first drafted by the Red Sox in the 28th Round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. This past season, he tied for second on the team with five victories but posted a 6.15 ERA.
Round 23, Jose Hernandez, OF, University of Texas at San Antonio: A Second-Team All-Southland Conference selection, Hernandez batted .360 and led his team with 61 RBIs while slugging .739. He also showed power, as he notched 44 extra-base hits.
Round 24, Jason Erickson, RHP, University of Washington: Erickson just completed his senior season by winning a team-high five games with a 4.34 ERA. He was first selected by the Reds in the 45th round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Round 25, Aaron LaFountaine, OF, John W. North High School: As a senior this past season, LaFountaine hit .388 with 20 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 27 games.
Round 26, Matthew Dermody, LHP, Norwalk High School: A University of Iowa recruit, Dermody was the third-ranked pitcher in Iowa in 2008 and ranked 486th overall by Perfect Game Crosschecker.
Round 27, Paul Luquette, C, Isidore Newman High School: Luquette is also a football prospect, as he was rated three stars by rivals.com. But Luquette instead committed to LSU baseball. He's listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds.
Round 28, Kyle Hooper, RHP, Saugus High School: The UC Irvine recruit went 6-2 this past season. Hooper struck out 62 batters in 66 1/3 innings and threw three complete games.
Round 29, Michael Heller, RHP, Cardinal Mooney School: Heller is a University of Florida recruit. He went 5-4 with a 2.46 ERA last season. He was ranked No. 45 on Baseball America's list of the top 100 high school prospects last fall.
Round 30, Ty Summerlin, SS, Southeastern Louisiana University: Summerlin started all 59 games for the Lions this season. He hit .327 and led the team in hits (83), doubles (24) and steals (12).
Wayne Staats is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.