Faces familiar to the Capital Region drafted by MLB teams
A handful of familiar faces came off the board this afternoon in the 2017 MLB Draft.
Five players from local PGCBL teams were drafted this afternoon. Here's the rundown.
Riley Mahan spent the summer of 2015 with the Amsterdam Mohawks -- and the Kentucky second baseman was picked in the third round by the Miami Marlins. Mahan put up career numbers for the Wildcats this season -- hitting .336 with 58 runs, and 67 r-b-I's -- which is sixth most in a single-season in Kentucky program history. If placed in Single-A -- Mahan could make his return to the capital region with the Batavia Muckdogs -- who play in the New York-Penn League with the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Ernie Clement was then taken by the Cleveland Indians in the fourth round. Clement spent the summer of 2014 with the Albany Dutchmen... The University of Virginia junior took over the cavaliers starting shortstop position from Shenendehowa graduate Brandon Cogswell -- after he graduated from the program. The 2016 Cape Cod Summer League MVP batted .315 this season -- finishing tied for second on the team with 80 hits.
"Big Z" is returning to the "Big Apple." Another 20-14 dutch -- Kyle Zurak, was drafted by the New York Yankees today -- who took the right handed senior out of Radford in the 8th round. Armed with a 95 mile-an-hour fastball, the Buffalo-area native becomes the first member of the Highlanders drafted by the Yankees...
Back to the Mohawks -- Indiana Hoosier Craig Dedelow was drafted last year -- in the 34th round. A member of the 2015 Amsterdam squad, Dedelow decided to go back to school for his senior season, and his decision paid off. Today -- the outfielder was selected in the ninth round by the Chicago White Sox -- improving his draft stock 25 rounds in a single year..
Then, just a few picks later, Dedelow's former summer teammate Zach Logue was taken off the board -- going 279th overall to Toronto. The University of Kentucky junior was named "Co Pitcher of the Year" in the PGCBL in 2015. The lefty went 7-and-oh that season, with a 2.29 earned run average. His win total matched the all-time single-season PGCBL record.