2013 PGCBL Player of the Year John Nogowski was drafted by the Oakland A's. Photo Courtesy: Amsterdam Mohawks
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League had 29 players, both current and former, drafted in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Of those 29, 8 came from the Amsterdam Mohawks organization.
Reigning PGCBL Player of the Year John Nogowski was drafted in the 34th round by the Oakland A’s. The Florida State product hit .365 last year with three home runs and 24 RBI with a .497 OBP to lead Amsterdam to its second consecutive PGCBL championship.
Matt Gage (2012) from Siena College was drafted in the 10th round by the San Francisco Giants. Gage went 4-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 10 appearances while registering 46 strikeouts in 36 innings for the Mohawks. Fellow 2012 Mohawk Chandler Shepherd from Kentucky was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 13th round. Shepherd was named 2012 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year after going 7-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 55 innings for Amsterdam. Opponents hit just .154 off the right-hander.
Also from the 2012 Amsterdam pitching staff, Connor Kaden and Rocky McCord were picked up in the 27th and 31st rounds by the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, respectively. Kaden went 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 11 appearances for Amsterdam. The right-hander struck out 34 batters in 29 innings. Rocky McCord posted a 1.71 to help a perfect 4-0 record while opponents hit just .180 against him. The Auburn product struck out 50 batters in 47.1 innings while playing for Amsterdam. Reliever Chase Williamson was picked up in the 37th round by the Miami Marlins. Williamson went 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA for the Mohawks in 20 appearances (all in relief) as the 2012 Amsterdam squad won the PGCBL Championship.
2011 Mohawks Taylor Stark and Jack Fischer were drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers, respectively. Stark, a product of Delta State, went in the 30th round of the draft. In only 11.2 innings with the Mohawks, he struck out 14 and posted a 2.31 ERA. Jack Fischer went 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 33 innings for the Mohawks. The Wake Forest hurler went 4-7 with a 3.82 ERA for the Demon Deacons in 2014.
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles had five players drafted in the 2014 draft. 2012 Golden Eagle second baseman Ross Kivett from Kansas State was drafted in the 6th round by the Detroit Tigers, the third highest pick of any former PGCBL player. Kivett hit .401 with three home runs, 29 RBI and posted a .497 OBP for the Golden Eagles in 2012. He also stole 37 bases. Those numbers helped earn Kivett the 2012 PGCBL Player of the Year Award.
Two members of the 2013 Glens Falls squad were taken in the 13th and 16th rounds, respectively. Austin Fisher was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and Ramon Laureano was drafted by the Astros. Laureano hit .277 with four home runs and 18 RBI while posting a .385 OBP for the Golden Eagles last summer.
Max MacNabb, a pitcher from San Diego, stayed in southern California as he was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 18th round. MacNabb went 3-3 with a 6.23 ERA and had 43 strikeouts in 39 innings for the Golden Eagles in 2011. Fellow 2011 Golden Eagle Kyle Ruchim was drafted in the 39th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Ruchim hit .333 in 46 games with six home runs and 27 RBI while playing for the Glens Falls. He posted an OBP of .400 and scored a team-leading 37 runs.
The Elmira Pioneers had four players drafted, including Zach Sullivan, who is on the Elmira 2014 roster. Sullivan is from Corning, New York and must now decide whether to join the Miami Marlins organization or stay committed to Stony Brook. Sullivan was drafted in the 14th round.
2012 Elmira shortstop Steven Patterson from UC-Davis was taken in the 10th round by the Cleveland Indians. In his summer in Elmira, Patterson hit .307 with six home runs and 20 RBI while slugging five triples and stealing eight bases. The Indians also drafted 2011 Pioneer Jordan Carter in the 22nd round on Saturday. Carter, a product of St. Joseph’s, went 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 2011. Carter walked only 14 batters in 57 innings calling Dunn Field home.
2013 Pioneer Chris Knott was taken in the 34th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Knott hit .315 with the Pioneers in 2013, helping lead the team to the 2013 PGCBL Championship Series. Knott started all 44 games he played in and posted a .425 OBP, good for second on the team.
Mohawk Valley had three players drafted, one from each full year of the PGCBL. 2013 DiamondDawg Tyler Bray was drafted in the 26th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Louisiana-Monroe side-armer went 2-3 with a 2.03 ERA on the summer. Opponents hit just .216 off the right-hander.
2012 DiamondDawg pitcher John Means was taken in the 11th round by the Baltimore Orioles. Means went 3-2 with a 1.26 ERA and struck out 29 batters in 23 innings for Mohawk Valley. The Boston Red Sox took 2011 DiamondDawg Michael Gunn in the 16th round. Gunn, a product of Arkansas, had a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings for Mohawk Valley while striking out 13.
Current Newark Pilot Louis Silverio. Silverio was taken in the 33rd round by the Chicago White Sox.
The Utica Brewers had two players selected in the draft. Jay Gonzalez, who played for Utica in 2013, was taken in the 10th round by the Baltimore Orioles. Gonzalez hit .362 in 42 games during the 2013 summer while leading the Brewers with 31 RBI and finishing second with a .451 OBP.
Ryan Yarbrough, who played for Utica in 2011, was taken in the 4th round by the Seattle Mariners and was the first former PGCBL player taken in the draft. The left-hander posted a 2.30 ERA in 9 games for the Brewers and only walked nine batters in 42 innings of work.
The Cooperstown Hawkeyes had four players drafted, including two from their 2011 squad. JP Sportman was drafted in the 27th round by the Oakland A’s. Sportman hit .183 in 27 games for the Hawkeyes in 2011. Parker Ray, a right-handed pitcher also from the 2011 squad, was taken in the 38th round by the Miami Marlins. Ray went 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA while opponents hit just .140 off him.
Tyler Mautner, an infielder from the 2012 Hawkeyes, was drafted in the 14th round by the Minnesota Twins. Mautner hit .233 in 41 games for the Hawkeyes, driving in 28 runs and posting a .341 OBP. James Norwood, who also played for Cooperstown in 2012, was drafted in the 7th round by the Chicago Cubs. The Saint Louis University product went 2-5 with a 4.14 ERA in his time with the Hawkeyes.
Two players from the 2012 Oneonta Outlaws were drafted. Zach Lucas, a second baseman, was taken in the 29th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lucas hit .266 in 29 games for the Outlaws while driving in 27 runs and swiping nine bases. Fellow Outlaw Jeremy Rhoades was drafted in the 4th round by the Los Angeles Angels, the second highest draft pick of any former PCGBL player. Rhoades went 1-0 with a 2.54 ERA in 16 appearances for Oneonta. Rhoades stuck out 40 hitters in 28.1 innings.
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