Draft Roundup: Local players headed to the pros
Monday, June 09, 2014
No, the Northeast isn't really considered a hotbed for baseball prospects.
But then again, the river bed hasn't really run dry yet, either. As Major League Baseball conducted its annual amateur draft last week - 1215 total players selected over 40 rounds - there were a few names that caught the eye(s) of local fans, schools and teams. And convinced some big league organizations to take a chance on their baseball futures, as well.
In addition to the players selected and reported earlier, below is a list of all of the baseball players drafted with Rhode Island ties. The Northeast Conference champion Bryant Bulldogs had a program-record four players selected, including the highest pick in the program's history, Kevin McAvoy in the 4th round. Catcher Tom Gavitt, taken in the 19th round by Oakland, is also an alumnus of CCRI under head coach Ken Hopkins. Brown senior infielder J.J. Franco, a former all-Ivy selection, was selected late Saturday night in the 38th round by the Atlanta Braves. URI's Ty Sterner is the 9th overall draft selection under the leadership and tenure of head coach Jim Foster. Did we miss someone? Leave your comments below.
134th - RHP Kevin McAvoy, Junior, Syracuse, NY - Boston (Bryant)
581st - OF Carl Anderson, Junior, Sudbury, MA - Pittsburgh (Bryant)
582nd - C Tom Gavitt, Senior, North Stonington, CT - Oakland (Bryant & CCRI)
695th - LHP Ty Sterner, Junior, Worcester, MA - Cincinnati (URI)
803rd - RHP Craig Schlitter, Senior, Guilford, CT - Colorado (Bryant)
1153rd - INF J.J. Franco, Senior, New York, NY - Atlanta (Brown)
- URI Standout and Worcester Native Ty Sterner Drafted by Cincinnati Reds
- Red Sox Draft Bryant University Pitcher Kevin McAvoy