The 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft begins tonight on the MLB Network at 7:00 p.m. Over the next three days, 1,200 young men will hear their names called as selections in the draft. For 13 current players in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, the dream of being selected in the draft has already become a reality.
The highest-drafted player currently on a PGCBL roster is Morgan Phillips (Charleston) with the Albany Dutchmen. Phillips, who participated in Perfect Game’s 2010 National Showcase, was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 17th round (535th overall) of the 2011 draft. He was ranked among the Top 300 in the Class of 2011 by Perfect Game USA and was listed fourth among New York State talent. Morgan attended Frederick Douglas Academy in New York City and he helped his squad reach the PSAL playoffs as a senior. The current College of Charleston freshman was a 2010 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American as a junior.
Seven other PGCBL players were chosen in last years’ draft including Amsterdam’s Rocky McCord (Auburn), Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) and Taylor Martin (Kentucky), Mohawk Valley’s John Means (Fort Scott C.C..) and Oneonta’s Sutton Whiting (Louisville), David Sosebee (Georgia) and Heath Holder (Georgia).
The Minnesota Twins tapped Rocky McCord in the 39th round (1198th overall) out of Spanish Fort (Ala.) High School. McCord was a 2011 MaxPreps.com Medium School All-American and he was named to the 2011 Alabama Super Team by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Rocky was a two-time choice for the Alabama Class A All-State first team. Chandler Shepherd was a 41st-round selection (1215th overall) of the Chicago White Sox. He threw two no-hitters as a senior at Lawrence County High School and was named to the Louisville Slugger High School All-America team. Shepherd, a first team all-state selection, was ranked as the top-rated prospect in the state of Kentucky’s Class of 2011 by iHigh.com. Taylor Martin was chosen by the Colorado Rockies in the 41st round (1248th overall) from Lexington Catholic High School. An all-state selection in both baseball and basketball, the 6-foot-4 Martin was ranked third among Kentucky’s Class of 2011 by iHigh.com, a list that included 100 players in the state. Martin went undefeated as a senior pitcher and boasted an ERA under 1.00. The Atlanta Braves grabbed John Means in the 46th round (1406th overall) from Gardner-Edgerton High School. Means, a prep pitcher and first baseman, was an all-state choice as a senior. This past spring, John was an all-conference and all-region starting pitcher for Fort Scott Comm. College. He went unbeaten in eight appearances.
Sutton Whiting, the brother of former Washington Nationals draft pick Boomer Whiting, was a 44th-round pick (1346th overall) of the Atlanta Braves out of Ballard (Ky.) High School. The current Louisville frosh was a football and baseball star at Wilmington Area High School in Pennsylvania before moving to Kentucky as a high school senior. In just one season at Ballard, he was named all-state first team and compiled a .463 batting average with 41 stolen bases. The Boston Red Sox called upon David Sosebee in the 48th round (1462nd overall). Sosebee, a graduate of the highly-regarded East Cobb Baseball program, was the 2011 Georgia 8-AAA All-Region Pitcher of the Year. In four seasons at White County High School, David accrued a 23-3 record and struck out 288 batters. He earned 10 victories during his final prep campaign and struck out 115. Sosebee’s current UGA teammate, Heath Holder, was taken by Colorado in the 50th round (1518th overall). Holder, who participated in Perfect Game’s 2010 National Showcase, was an 8-AAA All-Region outfielder and pitcher at Loganville High School. Perfect Game USA ranked Heath among the Top 500 in the Class of 2011 nationally and he was listed 34th among all prospects in the state of Georgia.
Amsterdam’s Demarcus Henderson (Mississippi State), Mohawk Valley’s Joe Carcone (Bryant) and Oneonta's Ben Mordini (Utah) were selections in the 2010 draft. Demarcus Henderson went to the Houston Astros in the 43rd round (1249th overall). The current MSU redshirt frosh was a two-sport star at Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, Miss. as an infielder and starting quarterback. As a senior, Demarcus was the All-Area Offensive Player of the Year in football and he earned all-state recognition on the baseball diamond. He was ranked among the top prep prospects for the 2010 draft in the state of Mississippi. The Astros then selected Joe Carcone in the 47th round (1413th overall). Carcone was a football and baseball star at New Hartford High School just outside Utica, N.Y. The current Bryant sophomore was named to the football and baseball Class A all-state teams as a junior and senior. He graduated as the school’s all-time rushing leader with over 3,700 yards on the ground and he accumulated a .429 career batting average which included a .552 mark as a senior. Ben Mordini was a 41st round pick (1250th overall) of the Colorado Rockies. The current University of Utah pitcher was named to the Colorado 5A All-State Team by the Denver Post. He was listed as one of the top 1000 nationlly in the Class of 2010 by Perfect Game USA. Mordini struck out 80 batters in 44.1 innings. This past spring, Mordini was a starting pitcher for the Utes in their first Pac-12 season.
Mohawk Valley’s Fabian Roman (Northwestern State) and Oneonta’s Donovan Gonzales (UC Riverside) were both chosen in the 2009 draft. Roman was a 36th-round (1082nd overall) pick of the Kansas City Royals. He starred at Marist High School in Jersey City, N.J. as a starting pitcher. Roman, a 2009 Under Armour High School Preseason All-American, was named to the New Jersey Non-Public All-State first team as a senior. The current Northwestern State junior was an All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference first team pitcher in 2011. He earned 21 wins in two seasons at Odessa Junior College and went 10-1 as a sophomore. The Florida Marlins announced Donovan Gonzales as their choice in the 43rd round (1298th overall) of the ’09 draft. Gonzales was an CIF All-Southern Section pitcher and shortstop at Twentynine Palms High School. He was the De Anza League’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Donovan struck out 86 batters as a senior and hit .391 with 21 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He played for the Tampa Bay Rays Scout Team in the 2008-2009 Goodwill Series in Australia.
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