By David Lauterbach – Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Another MLB Draft has come and gone and once again, Falmouth had multiple alumni taken in the first couple rounds.
In total, 11 collegiate players who played at least one game for the Commodores in 2014 were taken in the draft. But it didn’t take long for a couple alumni to hear there names called.
With the 17th overall pick, the Kansas City Royals drafted Brandon Finnegan (LHP-TCU). Finnegan only appeared in two games before joining Team USA. He started both games and gave up three earned runs in 7.1 innings.
Three picks later, the Tampa Bay Rays drafted Casey Gillaspie (1B – Witchita State). The slugger was one of the key components to Falmouth’s dynamic offense in 2013. Gillaspe led the team and league in homers with eight, while totaling in 27 RBI. He was also a starter for the Western Division in the All-Star Game.
The next couple picks didn’t come until the third round when two players were drafted back-to-back.
With the 86th overall pick, the San Diego Padres drafted Zech Lemond (RHP – Rice). The righty finished with seven innings last season, but only gave up a single run.
Right after Lemond, the San Francisco Giants drafted Dylan Davis (RF – Oregon State). The outfielder also played for Brewster in 2012 before joining Falmouth in 2013. Davis joined the team late after OSU’s trip to the College World Series and didn’t waste anytime. He hit five homers in his first six games, including two in his second game of the season. Overall, Davis hit .317 with six homers and 34 RBI. He was also a starter for the West in the All-Star Game.
Two rounds later, the Philadelphia Phillies drafted Rhys Hoskins (1B – Sacramento State) with the 142nd overall pick. Hoskins only played in the outfield for Falmouth but was drafted as a first baseman. He hit .326 with seven homers and 37 RBI, which was the most on the team. Hoskins also played in a team high 44 games and was a starter for the West in the All-Star Game.
Four rounds later in the 9th round, Max Murphy (CF – Bradley University) was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the 260th overall pick. Murphy only played in nine games for the Commodores and hit .143.
In the next round, the 2013 starting catcher for Falmouth, Troy Stein (C – Texas A&M), was drafted by the Colorado Rockies with the 293rd overall pick. Stein played in 43 games and hit .277 with two homers and 29 RBI. He also led the Commodores with two triples.
One round later, the first starting pitcher for Falmouth in 2013 was taken. With the 331st pick, the Baltimore Orioles drafted John Means (LHP – West Virginia). The lefty was one of the best pitchers for the Commodores. He started all seven games he played in and finished with a 1.99 ERA and a 3-3 record.
Kevin Cron (1B – TCU) was the next Falmouth alum and was taken in the 14th round (420nd overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cron hit .350, the second-best average on the team, with four homers and 32 RBI. He was a starter for the West and won the Western Division MVP in the All-Star Game.
13 rounds later in the 27th round, the Rockies drafted their second Commodore. With the 803rd pick, Colorado drafted Craig Schlitter (RHP – Bryant University). The righty pitched for Falmouth in 2012 and 2013. Schlitter went 4-2 with a 3.63 ERA in eight appearances and seven starts.
In the 30th round, the Rockies struck again, this time drafting Hunter Brothers with the 893rd pick. Hunter, whose brother Rex is a reliever for Colorado and played for Falmouth in 2007 and 2008, was also drafted by the Rockies in the 24th round of the 2013 draft. Brothers pitched in 14 games (16 innings) and finished with a 2.81 ERA and two saves.
Brothers was the last Commodore drafted in the 2014 draft. Outside of Falmouth, the Cape Cod Baseball League as a whole did very well. 10 out of the first 20 picks in the first round played in the league in 2013.
Below is a table listing where every player listed above was drafted.
|Brandon Finnegan||LHP||1st||17th||Kansas City|
|Casey Gillaspie||1B||1st||20th||Tampa Bay|
|Zech Lemond||RHP||3rd||86th||San Diego|
|Dylan Davis||RF||3rd||87th||San Francisco|