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One Dozen A-10 Baseball Players Taken in Major League Baseball Draft

Release: 06/15/2017
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

The Atlantic 10 had 12 players drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft this week.

Will Robertson (Davidson), Jimmy Murphy (Fordham), Joey Bartosic (George Washington), Eddie Muhl (George Washington), Chris Hess (Rhode Island), Martin Figueroa (Rhode Island), Keenan Bartlett (Richmond), Aaron Phillips (St. Bonaventure), Cole Peterson (St. Bonaventure), Deon Stafford, Jr. (Saint Joseph's), Miller Hogan (Saint Louis) and Logan Farrar (VCU) were all selected in the draft. See below for a brief bio of each player.

Will Davidson was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Robertson, a Greenville, S.C., native, becomes the 23rd Wildcat and the 26th selection in program history. He will begin with the rookie affiliate GCL Orioles of the Gulf Coast League in Sarasota, Fla. The right fielder finished his Wildcat career with a 56-game reached base streak (still active), the longest in school history. He turned in hitting streaks of 16 and 20 games each this season, and finished the year atop the team and league in nearly every offensive category. His 18 home runs set a new program best for a single season, where he also ranks first in school history in single-season extra-base hits (39) and single-season total bases (163). Robertson leaves Davidson as a member of the winningest class in school history, as well as an Atlantic 10 First Team and All-Academic team selection. His outstanding play helped catapult the Wildcats into a Cinderella run, where they captured the program's first title in a 115-year existence, and went on to win the Chapel Hill Regional in their first NCAA appearance. The walk on will be heavily remembered in Davidson baseball history, when he fired a ball hit to shallow right field home in the 'Cats regional championship, allowing roommate and fellow senior Jake Sidwell to make the tag at the plate and prevent the tying run from scoring. He also drove in both runs in the win. Robertson graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Economics and had already accepted a job as a data analyst with local, prosperous adventure company Red Ventures in Charlotte.


Jimmy Murphy is the 35th Ram to be taken in the MLB Draft.  He was selected in the eighth round of the 2017 MLB Draft (Pick #248) by the Baltimore Orioles. Murphy's selection marks the third straight season that Fordham has had a player's name called during the MLB Draft.  The Rams had two draftees in both the 2015 (Brett Kennedy and Charles Galiano) and 2016 (Greg Weissert and Joseph Serrapica) MLB Draft. Murphy had an outstanding final season in 2017, becoming the first Ram to receive First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors since Galiano in 2015, and the first pitcher to do so since Tom Davis in 2008.  A two-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week this season, he tied for the team lead in wins with a career-high six, while pitching a career-high 93.2 innings with 85 strikeouts.  He finished second in the league in strikeouts, behind teammate Reiss Knehr, at the end of the regular season. Murphy was stingier in conference action, posting a 2.00 ERA in eight starts with four wins, three complete games, a .216 opponent batting average, and 52 strikeouts in 63.0 innings.  His best performance came in his final start, outdueling Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year Aaron Phillips with a complete game five-hitter to hand Phillips his only loss of the season. In the career record book, Murphy ended his career seventh in career appearances (71), 11th in games started (32), 11th in innings pitched (245.0), and 11th in strikeouts (191). 


Graduate and two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference center fielder Joey Bartosic was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday afternoon. Bartosic, a 6-foot-1 right-handed outfielder, recently wrapped a decorated career by being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team. As a senior he batted .333 on the season with 14 doubles, one home run and 26 RBIs while swiping a team-best 24 stolen bases. The Oakton, Va., native leaves George Washington as the program's all-time leader in both stolen bases (84) and at-bats (851). He also ranks third with both 281 hits and 213 games played, and is tied for 16th all-time with 143 runs scored.  Bartosic also played in renowned Cape Cod League last summer. He played in 42 games in the wood-bat league and batted .267 with 10 walks, two doubles, one triple and 12 RBIs while playing for the Wareham Gateman. He also led the team in both total hits (47) and stolen bases (18). The GW baseball program has had a total of 37 players drafted dating back to 1971, including selections in each of the past three seasons with Bartosic, Kevin Mahala (2016, Pittsburgh Pirates) and Shane Kemp (2015, Pittsburgh Pirates). Bartosic is the second player in GW history to be taken in the 19th round of the draft, joining Derrick Lutz (Cincinnati) in the eighth round in 2006. He is also the first-ever player from George Washington to be drafted by Colorado.


Graduate Eddie Muhl was taken in the 25th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon. The selections of Muhl and Joey Bartosic (19th round, Colorado) mark the first time the Colonials have had multiple draft picks in the same season since 2010 when Eric Cantrell (seventh round) and Tom Zebroski (45th round) were both selected by the Kansas City Royals. Muhl's selection also marks the third consecutive year that the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken a player from GW, joining former teammates Kevin Mahala (18th round, 2016) and Shane Kemp (26th round, 2015). The Sherman Oaks, Calif., native is GW's all-time leader in career saves with 40 over his four-year career. He also ranks second amongst pitchers in program history with 88 appearances and is GW's single-season saves leader with 17 as a sophomore in 2015, a number that earned him a share of the NCAA Statistical Championship. Muhl is a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference performer after earning Second Team honors this past season. He posted a 3.04 ERA and 11 saves over 24 appearances in his senior season with 22 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .259 over 47.1 innings. He also earned a pair of nods to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-East Region Second Team (2015, 2016) during his career.


Rhode Island second baseman Chris Hess was selected in the 17th round (512th overall) by the New York Yankees. A North Kingstown, R.I. native, Hess was named the 2017 NCBWA District I Player of the Year as well as the NEIBA Division I Player of the Year after hitting .347 (77-for-222) this season. He collected 22 doubles, three triples and eight homers while stealing 12 bases, scoring 44 runs and driving in 48. Defensively, he helped the Rams turn 21 double plays while committing just six errors on 227 total chances.A three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference player and two-time ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast Region pick, Hess ended the season on a tear, hitting .500 (5-10) with three home runs and two doubles at the 2017 A-10 Championship. For his performance, he was named to the All-Championship team. After just three full seasons with the Rams, Hess owns URI's career triples record (19), ranks second all-time in doubles (46) and is third in extra-base hits (82).

Catcher Martin Figueroa went to the Astros in the 32nd round (961st overall). Figueroa has served as a utility guy for the Rams, playing infield, outfield and designated hitter before taking over as URI's every-day catcher this season. He battled through injuries during his senior year, appearing in 45 games and hitting .248 with 39 hits, 24 walks, 27 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home runs and 10 stolen bases. Behind the dish, he turned in a perfect fielding percentage on 247 total chances (226 putouts/21 assists). The Elizabeth, N.J. product was named to the 2015 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team as well as the 2016 A-10 All-Championship team, in addition to earning Most Outstanding Player accolades at last year's conference championship. In URI's A-10 title game victory over Davidson, he crossed the plate five times to tie the conference's record for runs scored in a championship game. He also was an NEIBA All-New England and ABCA-Rawlings All-Northeast region honoree during his junior season with the Rams. Figueroa finished his collegiate career ranked fifth in program history in career doubles (49) and seventh in career extra-base hits (66).

Junior Keenan Bartlett watched a lifelong dream come true on Wednesday afternoon. The Phoenix, Ariz. native became the 39th Spider selected in the MLB Draft since 1995, when the San Francisco Giants drafted Bartlett in the 31st round. Bartlett made seven starts this spring for the Spiders logging 31.1 innings of work. The right-hander registered 21 strikeouts during his time on the hill. He matched a career-best outing of eight innings at St. Bonaventure and punched out five batters, a season-high, at Saint Joseph's. In three seasons, he has made 36 appearances, including 16 starts for a 5.92 ERA in 111 innings. He is the third Spider to be selected by the Giants. Former Spiders Thomas Martin (2004) and Mike Mergenthaler (2011) were also drafted by the organization.


Aaron Phillips was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the ninth round of the MLB Entry Draft with the 276th overall pick. Phillips is the 13th Bonnies player selected in the MLB Draft during the tenure of head coach Larry Sudbrook. The 2017 Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year, Phillips finished the season 9-2 overall with a 3.04 ERA. His nine wins tied the program season record while his 90 strikeouts rank second in Bona season history and his 100.2 innings pitched stand third. His numbers were even better in Atlantic 10 play – Phillips won six of seven decisions with a 2.45 ERA, striking out 60 in 62.1 innings and holding A-10 batters to a .183 batting average. He led the league in wins and fewest hits per nine innings (6.5) while ranking second in strikeouts, fifth in ERA and sixth in WHIP (1.14). One of nine pitchers in the nation to win his first nine decisions, he registered seven or more strikeouts in six of eight A-10 starts. Though the Giants declared Phillips as a pitcher with their selection of the Cheektowaga native, he was also important to the Bonnies' lineup, splitting time between first base and DH when not on the mound. He finished with 26 RBIs and stole 18 bases during the year, earning him a finalist spot for the John Olerud National Two-Way Player of the Year. The 2017 spring season was a continuation of an incredible year for Phillips. He was named a 2016 Perfect Game/Rawlings Summer Collegiate All-American and one of 10 players nationwide selected to the First Team squad. He went 7-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 54 innings with the Olean Oilers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, also hitting .395 with a .450 on-base percentage with 54 RBIs.


Cole Peterson was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 13th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. The Johnsonburg, Pa. native has started 144 consecutive games at short for the Bonnies and has captured All-Atlantic 10 honors in each of the past two seasons including First Team accolades this spring. A stellar defender who has compiled a .966 career fielding percentage while turning 76 double plays, he also took great strides at the plate in his junior season. Peterson, who was the 395th overall selection, led the Bonnies in batting average (.335), runs (40), hits (64), on-base percentage (.409), doubles (16) and stolen bases (24). He tied for the league lead in stolen bags and posted 19 multi-hit games including nine three-hit games. In Atlantic 10 play, he boasted a .376 batting average along with a .444 on-base percentage. Locally, Peterson also made an impact in summer ball by helping the Olean Oilers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) to back-to-back league championships in 2015 and 2016.


The Pittsburgh Pirates chose Deon Stafford, Jr. with the 148th overall selection. Stafford is Saint Joseph's highest draft selection since John DelMonte was picked in the fourth round in 1979. Stafford earned First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors for the second consecutive season after hitting .288 with eight home runs, 35 runs scored, and 22 runs batted in.  He also led the Atlantic 10 with a .464 on-base percentage, while his 42 walks were the most by an Atlantic 10 player heading into the postseason.  Stafford was named to the All-Conference Second Team and the All-Rookie team as a freshman, and is the first Hawk to earn All-Conference honors in three different seasons. A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Stafford became the second Hawk to earn Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors when he claimed the award in 2016 after leading the league in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and home runs. Stafford holds the program record for home runs in a game, setting the mark with three in a game at Richmond on March 26, 2016.  He duplicated the feat on May 13 against Fordham and finished the season as the only player in Division I with multiple three-home run games. His 18 home runs in 2016 are a single-season program record, while his 28 career long balls rank him second in school history.  Stafford's .348 career average currently sits seventh all-time. Stafford is the 26th Hawk to be drafted by a Major League club and the sixth to be selected during Fritz Hamburg's tenure.


Starting pitcher Miller Hogan has been selected in the 32nd round of the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, the 954th overall selection. It is the fifth consecutive season a Billiken has been selected in the draft. Hogan was SLU's ace this season, compiling an 8-3 overall record with a 2.70 ERA. His eight wins this year are tied for the sixth-most in a single season at Saint Louis. Hogan's ERA is the 13th best single season mark. He also had 78 strikeouts and 23 walks in 90 innings this season. 


Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics selected VCU Baseball senior outfielder and 2017 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Logan Farrar with the 1071st pick in the 36th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Farrar becomes the 48th draft pick in program history, and the first since both Vimael Machin and Daniel Concepcion were both drafted in 2015. However, Farrar is the first VCU Ram to be selected by the Athletics organization. The outfielder from Woodbridge, Va. put together arguably his best season in Black & Gold in 2017, as Farrar went out and batted a career-best .365 playing in 55 of 57 games. He added 17 doubles, eight home runs, and 32 RBI, finishing with a team-best 125 total bases. He slugged .543, and scored 50 runs throughout his senior campaign. Those stats led him to not only the A-10 Player of the Year honor, but was also named A-10 First Team All-Conference. Named to the 2014 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team and 2015 Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference, Farrar leaves Richmond second all-time in career at-bats, fourth on the all-time hits list, and eighth in career runs in VCU program history. A member of the 2015 Super Regional squad, Farrar's career moments are best summed up in that run, with a diving catch to clinch the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship, as well as leading off Game 1 of the Super Regional at Miami with a home run over the right field fence.



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