MOREHEAD, NC June 8, 2014 – Twelve former and current Morehead City Marlins players were selected in the 2014 MLB Amateur Player Draft, to ten different teams. At least one player from each of the Marlins first five years of existence was selected in the draft this past weekend, with two of those alumni going in the first ten rounds. Overall, five pitchers, one outfielder, four infielders and a catcher were selected in what was the largest Marlins’ draft class in their history.
Sam Lindquist, a right-handed pitcher who played for the Marlins in 2011, was selected in the 37th round (1,101st overall) by the Seattle Mariners. Lindquist went 2-1 with 13 strikeouts in 11 innings for the Marlins in 2011, and this past season at Stanford University was 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA in 14 games.
Chase Wellbrock, a 33rd round pick (984th overall) of the Toronto Blue Jays, pitched for the Marlins in 2011. Wellbrock, who attends the University of Houston, had a tremendous 2014, posting a 1.17 ERA in 27 games out of the bullpen. He struck out 37 batters and walked just five in 46.1 innings for the Cougars. With the Marlins in 2011, Wellbrock was 4-3 with a 3.77 ERA in 12 appearances. His nine starts were third most on the team, and he struck out 43 in 57.1 innings pitched.
D.J. Jauss, a left-handed pitcher also from the 2011 Marlins’ team, was selected in the 29th round with the 874th overall pick by the Washington Nationals. Jauss appeared in 16 games out of the bullpen for the University of Massachusetts in 2014, going 2-0 with a 4.82 ERA. As a Marlin, he posted a 1.50 ERA, and held his opponents to a .205 batting average.
Jerry Vasto, a left-handed pitcher from Felician College, was selected in the 24th round (713th overall) by the Colorado Rockies. This past season for Felician, Vasto led all pitchers with 15 or more innings pitched with a 1.84 ERA. He started in 12 games, logging 79 strikeouts in 68.1 innings (average of 10.4 strikeouts per game) while posting a 6-3 record.
Calvin Rayburn, a right-handed pitcher from Barry University, played for the Marlins in 2013, and was selected in the 16th round by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 472nd overall pick. This past season at Barry, Rayburn appeared in 19 games, starting six of them. He was tied for the team lead in wins with four, and was second with a 3.78 ERA. While pitching for Morehead City in 2013, Rayburn went 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA, and had 56 strikeouts to just 19 walks in 62 innings pitched. He held opponents to a .210 batting average, in his 11 games, nine of which were starts.
Bo Way, an outfielder and Kennesaw State product, was the highest draft pick among Marlins alumni, after being selected in the seventh round (209th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels. As of June 8, Way has compiled a .360 batting average for the Owls, with 40 runs, 35 RBI and a .409 on-base percentage. His 85 hits are second on the team, as well as his 17 doubles. In 2013, he hit .388 for Morehead City, with a home run and 9 RBI. He also got on base at .423 clip.
Ryan Cranmer, a third baseman and two-time Marlins’ player (2012-13), will remain a Marlin as he was taken in the 24th round (767 overall) by Miami. The Newberry College product led the Wolves in hitting in 2014, with a .376 average in 48 games. He also led the team in home runs (10), hits (68), runs (47), and slugging percentage (.641). He had 24 extra base hits on the season, and his 44 RBI were second on the team. Cranmer holds the Marlins career records in hits (108), home runs (21), RBI (63) and total bases (194). In 2012 with Morehead City, Cranmer was second on the team with a .295 average and 52 hits, while leading the squad with nine home runs. In 2013, he led the Marlins in home runs (12), RBI (34), runs (33), and hits (56). He was third on the team with a .298 batting average.
Danny Diekroeger, an infielder from Stanford University, was selected in the 10th round (315th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals. Diekroeger, who is still playing in the Super Regionals against Vanderbilt, has posted a .305 batting average as of June 8, with a .396 on-base percentage and a team-high eight stolen bases and 42 runs for the Cardinal. In 2011 with the Marlins, Diekroeger hit .275 in 160 at bats, with 14 RBI and 11 walks.
Ricky Negron, an infielder from Tallahassee Community College, was the only 2014 Marlins player to be drafted. Negron was selected in the 39th round (1,167th overall), by the San Diego Padres. Negron hit .302 with a homer and 14 RBI in 24 games for Tallahassee Community College in 2014, and so far as a Marlin he has a couple of walks, a run and an RBI in seven games.
Brad Haynal, a catcher and 2013 Marlins alumnus, was also selected by the Miami Marlins in the draft, in the 18th round with the 527th overall pick. For San Diego State in 2014, Haynal, was third on the team in hitting with a .311 average and first in home runs (12) and RBI (50). With the Marlins, he hit two homers and drove in 17 runs, while posting a .995 fielding percentage behind the plate.
Two players who were officially signed by the Marlins, but did not play were also selected in this year’s draft. Damek Tomscha, an infielder at Auburn, was taken in the 19th round (502nd overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies, while Scott DeJong, a first baseman from Felician College was selected in the 32nd round (969th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tomscha, who signed with the Marlins in 2012, hit .313 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 2014 for the Tigers, while DeJong, who signed in 2014, led Felcian with a .374 average seven home runs, 51 RBI and 16 doubles.
“It’s great to see these players get the chance to continue their playing careers at the professional level,” said Marlins owner Buddy Bengel. “We hope that their time with Morehead City was beneficial to their development, and we look forward to hopefully seeing these guys in the big leagues one day.”
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