It was a tremendous third day of the 2015 MLB Draft for St. John's as professional scouts clearly took notice of the team's impressive 41-16 record, their 15 game win streak and their trip to the NCAA Tournament.
A school record six players, Cody Stashak, Matt Clancy, Thomas Hackimer, Ryan McCormick, Tyler Sanchez and Alex Katz, were selected on the third and final day of the draft process. According to the Red Storm Sports, the program had five selections in the first 498 picks, which topped their previous record (set back in 2005) of five selections in the first 559 picks.
Junior right handed pitcher, Stashak, was the first Red Storm player off the board as he was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 13th round (380th overall). The Mays Landing, NJ native was 7-4 this season, pitched 85.2 innings, struck out 69 batters and supporting a strong, 3.57 ERA. Stashak transferred to Queens from Cumberland County College where he was a third team NJCAA Division III All-American and first team All-Region XIX selection as a sophomore.
Clancy, a junior right handed pitcher from Norwood, NJ, was chosen 15 picks later by the Seattle Mariners in the 13th round (395th overall). Clancy showed strong improvements from his first two seasons at St. John's as he had a 2.91 ERA (only 11 earned runs) and struck out a career high 35 hitters.
Hackimer is also a junior right handed ace and is from Floral Park, New York. The New York Mets did the honor of selecting the youngster in the 15th round (449th overall) after his 4-1 season that included a 1.92 ERA and he gave up zero home runs.
The rotation continued to make their imprint on the third day as McCormick (6'2" 205) was next, selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 16th round (467th overall). The New York native, currently a junior, was a second team All-American this past year and earned a second team All-Big East selection as a sophomore.
Sanchez, a red shirt junior catcher from Port St. Lucie, FL, was the first Johnnie positional player to come off the board, landing with the Texas Rangers in the 17th round (498th overall). Sanchez had five homers this past season, drew 16 walks, and only hit .214 but is known for his dominant defense.
The final Johnnie to be drafted was Alex Katz, who the Chicago White Sox chose in the 27th round (802nd overall). Katz is a southpaw junior pitcher from New Hyde Park in New York. The 5'11" 190 athlete supported a 3.40 ERA and did not let up a home run all season long.
All six players have the option to stay at St. John's next season or sign a contract with the team that selected them.