After a strong 2011 draft campaign where the St. John's Red Storm had three members of the team drafted the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft featured four more St. John's Student Athletes.
Jeremy Baltz, Kyle Hansen, Matt Wessinger (who was drafted last year as well) and Matt Carasiti were taken in Day 2 of baseball's pro draft.
Outfielder Baltz was the first to hear his name called as he was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 2nd round, 68th overall.
The Colorado Rockies selected two Johnnies. In the 5th round (168th overall), infielder Matt Wessinger was selected; and in the 6th round (198th overall), the Rockies took pitcher Matt Carasiti.
Three picks later, 201st overall, the Chicago White Sox's took the 97th rated player in the Top 100, according to MLB.com, Kyle Hansen. He could be a real steal for Chicago's South Siders.
Including Joe Panik, who was selected in the 1st round by the San Francisco Giants, three Red Storm baseball players were drafted last year.
Here are the stat lines for each player this year:
Baltz: .345 BA/ 8 HR/ 51 RBI's/ .534 SLG%
Wessinger: .353 BA/ 6 HR/ 47 RBI's/ .492 SLG%
Hansen: 5-5/ 3.46 ERA/ 108 K's/ 26 BB's
Carasiti: 7-5/ 3.98 ERA/ 64 K's/ 31 BB's
St. John's is headed to the Super Regional to face Arizona, starting Friday, after winning the Chapel Hill Regional with two-straight defeats of #1 seeded North Carolina.
***Sean Hagan was selected on Day 3 by the Minnesota Twins in the 29th round, 880th overall. This season Hagan was 8-2 with a 2.72 ERA (both stats were best on team) with 66 strikeouts and 23 BB's.
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