Povse Leads Off List of 87 Coastal Plain League Alumni Selected in 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft

HOLLY SPRINGS, NC June 12, 2014 - The Coastal Plain League announced Thursday that 87 players, both former and current, were selected during the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. This number is up from last year’s draft which yielded 77 CPL alumni taken.

MLB Draft 2014

Max Povse, a former 2012 Asheboro Copperhead, was the first CPL alum to have his name called, going in the third round 102nd overall to the Atlanta Braves. Povse was followed by another Copperhead Brent Jones, who was drafted 120st overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks. A total of 17 CPL players were taken in the first 10 rounds of this year’s draft.

All of the CPL’s current 14 clubs had a player taken in the 2014 draft. The Asheboro Copperheads and Columbia Blowfish led the way with 12 former and current players selected each. Edenton and Morehead City were next with 11 each, followed by Florence, Forest City, and High Point-Thomasville with seven, while Wilson and Wilmington had six a piece. Martinsville followed with five alumni selected and Peninsula came in at four. Rounding out the field was Gastonia and Fayetteville with three followed by Petersburg with two players, and one player from Outer Banks who is no longer a part of the CPL.

The complete list of CPL players – both former and players signed for the 2014 season – taken in this year’s draft is below:

Coastal Plain League Alumni Drafted In 2014 Major League Draft
Round Overall Player College/University MLB Team Drafted By CPL Team(s)
3 102 Max Povse UNC Greensboro Atlanta ‘12 Asheboro
4 120 Brent Jones Cornell Arizona Asheboro ‘13
5 150 Mason McCullough Arizona North Carolina ‘12 Forest City
6 195 Andrew Sohn Western Michigan St. Louis ‘14 Columbia
7 209 Bo Way Kennesaw State Los Angeles (AL) ‘13 Morehead City
8 236 J.B. Kole Villanova Milwaukee ‘14 Martinsville
8 239 Jake Yacinich Iowa Los Angeles (AL) ‘12 Petersburg
8 244 Jeff Gardner Louisville Washington ‘12 Florence
8 255 Nick Thompson William & Mary St. Louis ‘12 Peninsula/ ‘13, ‘14 Edenton
9 264 Ryan Metzler USC-Aiken Toronto ‘14 Florence
9 279 Matt Campbell Clemson Los Angeles (AL) ‘11, ‘13 Florence
9 280 Josh Laxer Ole Miss Detroit ‘12 Thomasville
9 283 Jordan Edgerton UNC Pembroke Atlanta ‘14 Gastonia
10 294 Jordan Romano Oral Roberts Toronto ‘14 Wilmington
10 309 Colin Hering Coastal Carolina Los Angeles (NL) ‘13 Asheboro
10 314 Cole Sturgeon Louisville Boston ‘11 Thomasville
10 315 Danny Diekroeger Stanford St. Louis ‘11 Morehead City
11 332 Matthew Borens Eastern Illinois New York (AL) ‘13 Wilson
11 342 Joel Seddon South Carolina Oakland ‘12 Columbia
11 345 Justin Bellinger Duke St. Louis ‘14 Wilmington
12 357 Seth Lucio Tennessee Tech San Diego ‘13 Wilmington
13 384 Gunnar Heidt College of Charleston Toronto ‘12 Forest City
13 389 Zach Houchins East Carolina Los Angeles (AL) ‘12 Wilson/ ‘13 Wilmington
14 412 Chase Harris New Mexico Philadelphia ‘13 Edenton
14 430 Josh Heddinger Georgia Tech Detroit ‘12, ‘13 Peninsula
16 472 Calvin Rayburn Barry Philadelphia ‘13 Morehead City
16 489 Devan Ahart Akron Los Angeles (NL) ‘13 Martinsville
16 490 Chase Rader Coffeyville CC Detroit ‘13 Fayetteville
17 497 Eric Fisher Arkansas Miami ‘11 Forest City
17 500 Mat Batts UNC Wilmington Minnesota ‘11 Wilmington
17 505 David Roseboom USC Upstate New York (NL) ‘12, ‘13 Asheboro
17 508 Caleb Smith USC Aiken Washington ‘13 Florence
17 522 Eric Cheray Missouri State Oakland ‘14 Forest City
18 527 Brad Haynal San Diego St. Miami ‘13 Morehead City
18 533 James Lomangino St. John’s Colorado ‘12 Asheboro
18 554 Jordan Betts Duke Boston ‘11 Forest City
18 553 Jacob Webb Tabor Atlanta ‘14 Edenton
19 565 Bryce Beeler Memphis New York (NL) ‘2, ‘13 Gastonia
19 568 Richard Amion Alabama St. San Francisco ‘14 Martinsville
20 589 Alex Tomasovich Charleston Southern Chicago (NL) ‘12, ‘13 Asheboro
20 594 Aaron Attaway Western Carolina Toronto ‘12 Thomasville
20 597 Tyler Wilson Tennessee Wesleyan San Diego ‘13 High Point-Thomasville
20 599 Kyle Martin South Carolina Los Angeles (AL) ‘12 Florence/ ‘13 High Point-Thomasville
20 609 Brian Wolfe Washington Los Angeles (NL) ‘11 Asheboro
20 601 Zach Albin UConn-Avery Point Baltimore ‘14 Edenton
20 613 Wigberto Nevarez Lubbock Christian Atlanta ‘12 Edenton
21 631 John McLeod Wake Forest Baltimore ‘13 High Point-Thomasville
21 638 Bobby Ison Charleston Southern Cleveland ‘13 Asheboro
22 653 Sam Bumpers Lamar Tampa Bay ‘13 Edenton
22 670 Michael Thomas Kentucky Detroit ‘11 Outer Banks
22 646 Bryan Muniz Southeastern Houston ‘14 Columbia
22 673 Sean Godfrey Ball State Atlanta ‘13 Wilson
23 681 Patrick Peterson Temple/NC State Seattle ‘13 Edenton
23 682 Joel Fisher Michigan State Philadelphia ‘12 Florence
23 690 John Fidanza Georgia Gwinnett Arizona ‘11, ‘12/ ‘13 Wilmington
23 691 Zeke McGranahan Georgia Gwinnett Baltimore ‘12 Wilson
24 707 Ryan Cranmer Newberry Miami ‘12, ‘13 Morehead City
24 713 Jerry Vasto Felician Colorado ‘13 Morehead City
24 723 Brandon Thomas San Diego State Kansas City ‘14 Edenton
25 737 Christian McDonald UNC Wilmington Miami ‘11 Asheboro
25 765 Landon Beck Anderson St. Louis ‘14 Columbia
25 746 Christian Pelham Spartanburg Methodist Milwaukee ‘14 Columbia
26 782 Collin Slaybaugh Washington State New York (AL) ‘11 Martinsville
27 782 Alex Close Liberty Kansas City ‘12 Forest City/ ‘13 Peninsula
28 813 Billy Bereszniewicz Binghampton Los Angeles (NL) ‘13 Fayetteville
29 863 Logan Sawyer Lincoln Memorial Colorado ‘13 Petersburg
29 874 DJ Jauss Massachussetts Washington ‘10 Morehead City
29 876 Luke Tendler North Carolina A&T Texas ‘12, ‘13 Asheboro
29 882 Cody Stull Belmont Abbey Oakland ‘12 Gastonia
30 912 Derek Beasley USC Aiken Oakland ‘12 Columbia
31 923 Dylan Thompson UNC Greensboro Colorado ‘11, ‘12 Thomasville
31 926 Brock Hudgens UNC Charlotte Milwaukee ‘11 Edenton
31 941 Luis Paula North Carolina Pittsburgh ‘12 Forest City
31 943 Sal Giardina Lynn Atlanta ‘11, ‘12 Fayetteville
32 963 Timothy Hill Bacone College Kansas City ‘13 Florence
32 969 Scott Dejung Felician Los Angeles (NL) ‘14 Morehead City
33 984 Chas Wellbrock Houston Toronto ‘11 Morehead City
33 990 Tyler Bolton East Carolina Arizona ‘12 Wilson/ ‘13 Wilmington
33 997 Patrick Grady Lander Tampa Bay ‘13 Peninsula
34 1014 Brandon Hinkle Delaware Toronto ‘12 Martinsville
37 1101 Sam Lindquist Standford Seattle ‘11 Morehead City
37 1096 Eric Peterson Temple/NC State Houston ‘13 Edenton
38 1139 Tyler Watson Tennessee Wesleyan Los Angeles (AL) ‘14 Wilson
39 1157 Matt Pope Walters State Miami ‘13 Asheboro
39 1167 Ricky Negron Tallahassee CC San Diego ‘14 Morehead City
40 1194 Trent Miller Middle Tennessee State Toronto ‘13 Edenton

Coastal Plain League - CPLAbout the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 68 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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