Front: 2011 Amsterdam Mohawks Parker Morin (front) and Luke Maile (33) were both taken on Day 2 of the MLB Draft. (Photo courtesy Leader-Herald/Erich Nehaus) Above: Mohawk Valley's Hassan Evans and Willie Gabay in 2011, both were chosen in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. (Photo courtesy Travis Heiser)
The 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft saw the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League set a new league record as 30 players from PGCBL teams were selected. The previous mark was 23 set in 2011.
Through the first two days and 15 rounds of the 2012 draft, there were 11 players taken including third-round selection Tom Murphy (Oneonta 2010) and fifth-round choice Dylan Baker (Glens Falls 2011). Tom Murphy, a junior from the University at Buffalo, was the first player from a PGCBL team (Oneonta Outlaws) taken in the draft. He was an all-star with the Outlaws in 2010. With his name being called in the third round, he became the highest-drafted player in the eight-year history of the Outlaws franchise (known as the Saratoga Phillies from 2004 through 2009). Dylan Baker, a sophomore at NJCAA powerhouse Western Nevada, was the first player to be drafted that played in the PGCBL last summer. Entering the draft, the Juneau, Alaska, native was the top-rated JUCO prospect by Perfect Game USA. Other Day 2 selections that played in the PGCBL last season included Luke Maile (Amsterdam 2010-2011), Parker Morin (Amsterdam 2011) and Willie Gabay (Mohawk Valley 2011).
The number of draftees increased dramatically on the third day of the selection process with 19 players called upon by Major League clubs. The 24th round was one of the highlights of the afternoon with three players from PGCBL teams chosen in a span of five picks. Colorado chose Mike Mason (Mohawk Valley 2009) with the 738th pick and then Kayvon Bahramzadeh, who pitched last summer for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, went to Oakland with the next choice. Three slots later, Mike Saunders, a member of the 2011 PGCBL champion Newark Pilots, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.
Looking at the numbers on a team-by-team basis, Glens Falls led the way with nine players drafted while Amsterdam and Oneonta had five apiece. Four Mohawk Valley players were selected, including current DiamondDawg Hassan Evans (Herkimer County C.C.) while Albany churned out three draft picks including current Dutchmen infielder Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina-2012). Cooperstown, Elmira, Newark and Watertown each had one former player taken. Thirteen of the 30 players tapped were listed on a PGCBL roster in 2011.
||Tom Murphy (Oneonta 2010)
||Dylan Baker (Glens Falls 2011)
||Eric Phillips (Glens Falls 2009)
||Luke Maile (Amsterdam 2010-2011)
||Brady Wager (Oneonta 2011)
||Carlos Lopez (Elmira 2010)
||Joe Sclafani (Amsterdam 2009)
||Parker Morin (Amsterdam 2011)
||Derrick Stultz (Oneonta 2010)
||Ben Klimesh (Albany 2009)
||Willie Gabay (Mohawk Valley 2011)
||Herkimer County C.C.
||New York (AL)
||Mikey Reynolds (Mohawk Valley 2011)
||Shae Simmons (Watertown 2010)
||SE Missouri State
||Andrew Brown (Glens Falls 2009)
||Mike Mason (Mohawk Valley 2009)
||Kayvon Bahramzadeh (Glens Falls 2011)
||Mike Saunders (Newark 2011)
||Saginaw Valley State
||Sean Lucas (Saratoga 2008)
||Brandon Rohde (Oneonta 2010)
||Mason McVay (Amsterdam 2009)
||Goose Kallunki (Cooperstown 2010)
||Daniel Klein (Glens Falls 2011)
||Christian Garcia (Glens Falls 2011)
||Jake Brown (Glens Falls 2011)
||Austin Salter (Amsterdam 2011)
||New York (NL)
||Jon Leroux (Albany 2010)
||Daniel Watts (Glens Falls 2009)
||Zach Remillard (Albany 2012)
||LaSalle Institute (H.S.)
||Jack Graham (Glens Falls 2011)
||Hassan Evans (Mohawk Valley 2011-2012)
||Herkimer County C.C.