CPL: Six current and former Hitoms taken in MLB draft
Two current HiToms joined four former ones in being selected in this year's MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Mike Mayers was the first former HiTom to come off the board, going in the third round, 93rd overall, to the St. Louis Cardinals. The junior right-hander went 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA in eight games including six starts for the HiToms in 2012. In 42.1 innings, he allowed 31 hits, walked 12 and struck out 32. This past season for the Ole Miss Rebels, the Grove City, Ohio native posted a 5-6 record to go along with a 2.83 ERA in 15 starts and one relief appearance. Mayers struck out 73 batters and allowed 77 hits and 37 walks in 92.1 innings. Opposing hitters batted just .227 against him.
The Chicago White Sox used their selection in the ninth round, 273rd overall, on Southern Polytechnic State right-hander Nick Blount. The Loganville, Ga. native tossed 32.1 innings of relief over 20 games for the HiToms in 2010, finishing 0-3 with a 4.18 ERA. He surrendered 36 hits, walked 18 and struck out 31. This past season for Southern Polytechnic State, Blount pitched to a 2.74 ERA, going 2-4 with eight saves in 20 appearances including four starts. In 42.2 innings, he allowed 49 hits, walked 10 and punched out 60 for an impressive 6:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
While outfielder Coco Johnson has yet to play for the HiToms this season, the Miami Marlins used the 322nd overall selection on the Louisville product. The 11th round pick has batted .332/.431/.537 this year with 11 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 50 RBIs in 53 games for the Cardinals. He has stolen 21 bases in 30 attempts.
In the 18th round with the 540th overall pick, the Arizona Diamondbacks took Elon University catcher/first baseman Ryan Kinsella. The Warren, N.J. product played for the HiToms in 2011, batting .228/.366/.404 with four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs over 20 games. This past season for the Phoenix, Kinsella hit .313/.409/.656 with 19 doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs in 63 games. He swiped seven bases while being caught just once.
Chaz Frank was the next HiTom to come off the board, going 595th overall in the 20th round to the Toronto Blue Jays. A member of the 2011 HiToms, Frank hit .339/.479/.411 with a double, home run,11 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 14 games. The Lexington, N.C. native has batted .308/.390/.420 with 15 doubles, five triples, one home run, 35 RBIs and 58 runs scored in 59 games for the North Carolina Tar Heels this season. He has stolen 22 bases while being caught just four times.
Tyler Brosius allowed one run over five innings with a walk and seven strikeouts in his first HiToms start Wednesday against Columbia. The Braves made the Walters State Community College standout the 643rd overall pick in the 21st round. Brosius went 3-2 with one save and a 3.14 ERA in 15 appearances including five starts this past season, striking out 29 in 43 innings.