Long Island is not short of famous baseball names with natives Carl Yastrzemski and Craig Biggio leading the way. Last week another crop of young and promising talent with Island roots were selected by teams in the Major League Baseball draft.
Of course the biggest name this year is Marcus Stroman, a pitcher out of Duke, originally from Patchogue-Medford. The Toronto Blue Jays selected him with their first pick – 22nd overall – of the draft.
“It’s pretty surreal,” he said. “To be selected in the first round is an honor. It’s unbelievable to be able to experience this with my family and friends here. It was unbelievable to hear my name called. I’m definitely excited right now and can’t wait to see how everything plays out with the Blue Jays.”
At Duke, he was named a 2012 Louisville Slugger All-American, First Team All-ACC and he ranks fourth all-time in school history with 290 career strikeouts. He was equally as impressive as a high school pitcher on Long Island for the Raiders.
Tyler Manez (Plainedge) and Charles Galiano (Commack) were the only two Long Islanders selected out of high school.
Here’s the Long Island 2012 MLB Draft list:
*22 overall: Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays (Duke, Pat-Med HS)
*44 overall: Travis Jankowski, Padres (Stony Brook)
*123 overall: Pat Cantwell, Rangers (Stony Brook, West Islip HS)
*201 overall: Kyle Hansen, White Sox (St. John’s, Glen Cove)
*333 overall: Daniel Poma, Diamondbacks (Hofstra)
*345 overall: Max Tissenbaum, Padres (Stony Brook)
*368 overall: Willie Carmona, Phillies (Stony Brook, Hempstead HS)
*386 overall: James Campbell, Dodgers (Stony Brook)
*555 overall: Chris Burke, Padres (Iona, Islip HS)
*794 overall: Jasvir Rakkar, Cubs (Stony Brook)
*912 overall: Anthony Vega, Orioles (Manhattan College, Pat-Med HS)
*969 overall: Tyler Manez, Astros (Plainedge HS)
*1,009 overall: Tyler Johnson, Athletics (Stony Brook)
*1,118 overall: Charles Galiano, Phillies (Commack HS)