If you thought last year’s Major League draft was good, this year’s was equally as fruitful. Forget top pick Bryce Harper and even Matt Harvey, the future Mets pitcher, what really matters is which Long Island natives were selected in the draft.
From Adelphi’s Keith Couch to Lindenhurst’s Jonathan McGibbon, the draft was not short of interesting stories from the Island.
Just in case you haven’t scrolled through the MLB draft tracker to search for Long Island’s new boys of the summer, here’s a look:
-Dan Burowa: Rocky Point High School, St. John’s University… Yankees, 12th round (385 overall)
-Keith Couch: Holy Trinity High School, Adelphi University … Red Sox, 13th round (413 overall)
-Michael Anarumo: MacArthur High School, LeMoyne College … Athletics, 21st round (635 overall)
-Joe Van Meter: St. Dominic, Virginia Commonwealth … Rangers, 21st round
-Bobby Haney: Kings Park High School, South Carolina … Giants, 22nd round (678 overall)
-Bruce Kern: Bellport High School, St. John’s University … Rockies, 23rd round (710 overall)
-Jonathan McGibbon: Lindenhurst High School … Mariners, 29th round (882 overall)
-Steve McQuail: MacArthury High School, Canisius … Blue Jays, 30th round (906 overall)
-Daniel Barnes: Manhasset High School, Princeton University … Blue Jays, 35th round (1,056 overall)
-Justin Echevarria: Uniondale High School, Stony Brook University … Padres, 40th round (1,204 overall)
-Thomas Zebroski: Schreiber High School, George Washington University … Royals, 45th round (1,349 overall)
-Tom Pecoraro: Half Hollow Hills West High School … Astros (1,443 overall)
-Henry Dunn: Southside High School, Binghamton University … Indians (1,500 overall)
Other LI notes:
-Hofstra’s Ethan Paquette became just the seventh Pride player drafted by a Major League team when the Mariners selected him in the 35th round (1,062 overall). He hails from Vermont.
-Only 32 players in the history of Stony Brook’s baseball program have signed professional contracts, a list which now includes Echevarria.
-Dunn was the first BU position player drafted in 20 years.