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South Jersey Players in the MLB Draft

South Jersey Players in the MLB Draft
Several players with South Jersey ties were selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Not all will sign, but some already have. Player have until 5 p.m. ET to sign a contract. A number of the players, especially those drafted in the lower rounds, will opt to go to college.
 
Here is a look at the players drafted.
 
Adam Laskey, Duke University Jr. LHP (Haddon Heights H.S. graduate). A sore shoulder limited Laskey to just six games this past season for Duke but he was still drafted on the 19th round by the Chicago Cubs. Laskey has signed with the Cubs. He said his bonus was $125,000. Had he not suffered the shoulder injury, he would have been a much higher draft choice following a breakout season last summer in the Cape Cod League. A former all-South Jersey performer at Haddon Heights, Laskey was drafted out of high school in the 31st round by the San Francisco but opted to attend Duke.
 
Jose Rodriquez, Cumberland County College So. RHP (Vineland H.S.). He was drafted on the 20th round by the Cincinnati Reds after going 8-2 with a 2.98 ERA for the junior college Division III national champs.
 
Matt Stil, Rowan College of Gloucester County Fr. RHP (Cherokee H.S.). Stil was drafted on the 21st round by the Kansas City Royals. This season he was 2-0 with a 3.33 ERA. Still pitched 27 innings and averaged 15 strikeouts per nine innings. He made 10 appearances, including four starts. His team lost to Cumberland County in the junior college Division III championship game.
 
Michael Miles, Cumberland County College So. RHP (St. Augustine H.S.) He was drafted on the 28th round by the Cincinnati Reds after going 12-0 with a 1.84 ERA. He was also named the World Series MVP for the Division III junior college champions.
 
Nick Yoder, Rowan College of Gloucester County So. RHP (Highland H.S.). He was 5-1 with a save and 3.97 ERA for the junior college Division III runner-up. Yoder made 14 appearances, including 11 starts. In 56 2/3 innings he had 55 strikeouts.
 
Dan Serreino, Rowan University, Sr. RHP (Jackson Liberty H.S.). Serreino was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 32nd round. According to MLB drafttracker, he has already signed for a $5,000 bonus. (Four-year college seniors have very little leverage and often sign for smaller bonuses, but he still is getting a chance to pursue his dream and is getting paid to play a game he loves). This season he was 5-4 with a 2.22 ERA. In 12 appearances (all starts), Serreino struck out 113 and walked 33 in 68 2/3 innings. He allowed just one home run.
 
Cade Hunter, Lenape H.S. catcher. Hunter was selected on the 35th round by the Colorado Rockies. He has indicated that he will attend college and has a scholarship to Virginia Tech. This season he batted .463 with eight home runs and 31 RBI. Hunter was also a member of the Burlington County team that won the Carpenter Cup tournament at Citizens Bank Park.
 
Jayson Hoopes, St. Augustine H.S., RHP. Hoopes was selected in the 36th round by the Chicago Cubs. He is expected to attend the University of Virginia. This season he was 6-0 with a 1.66 ERA for the South Jersey Non-Public A champions.

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