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Continuing a Career

June 11, 2014

By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Twenty-three NAIA baseball programs had players selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft, which wrapped up Saturday, May 7. In total, 37 NAIA student-athletes were picked by 21 different clubs during the three-day, 40-round event.

Oklahoma Baptist’s Julian Merryweather was the first NAIA player off the board after being picked in the fifth round (158th overall) by the Cleveland Indians. The senior right-handed pitcher ended his career at Oklahoma Baptist with a 22-5 record over two seasons. The 2014 NAIA All-American owned a career earned run average of 1.73 in 182 innings with 208 strikeouts.

The first position player drafted was two-time Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year and 2013 NAIA National Player of the Year Matt Page in the 10th round (304 overall) by the Washington Nationals. The senior outfielder ended 2014 ranked among the top five in doubles (28), runs scored (78), RBIs (84) and total bases (156).

Georgia Gwinnett, Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma City and San Diego Christian (Calif.) led all NAIA institutions with three players selected each. Bellevue (Neb.), Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Faulkner (Ala.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and St. Thomas (Fla.) also had multiple individuals picked.

The Atlanta Braves had the most NAIA selections with four – Trevor Sprowl of Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), Kyle Kinman of Bellevue, Randy Santiesteban of Peru State (Neb.) and Jacob Webb of Tabor (Kan.).

For the complete breakdown from MLB.com, click here.

To learn more about NAIA baseball, click here.

2014 MLB Draft – NAIA Players Selected
Pick Round Team Player School Pos.
158 5 Cleveland Indians Julian Merryweather Oklahoma Baptist RHP
205 7 New York Mets Brad Wieck Oklahoma City LHP
277 9 Tampa Bay Rays Chris Pike Oklahoma City RHP
285 9 St. Louis Cardinals Daniel Poncedeleon Embry-Riddle (Fla.) RHP
286 10 Houston Astros Jay Gause Faulkner (Ala.) RHP
297 10 San Diego Padres Thomas Dorminy Faulkner (Ala.) LHP
304 10 Washington Nationals Matt Page Oklahoma Baptist RF
363 12 Kansas City Royals Emilio Ogando St. Thomas (Fla.) LHP
415 14 New York Mets Darryl Knight Embry-Riddle (Fla.) C
513 17 Kansas City Royals Brennan Henry Bellevue (Neb.) LHP
552 18 Oakland A's Michael Nolan Oklahoma City LHP
553 18 Atlanta Braves Jacob Webb Tabor (Kan.) RHP
555 18 St. Louis Cardinals Blake Drake Concordia (Ore.) CF
597 20 San Diego Padres Tyler Wilson Tennessee Wesleyan RHP
639 21 Los Angeles Dodgers Osvaldo Vela Oklahoma Baptist SS
646 22 Houston Astros Bryan Muniz Southeastern (Fla.) 1B
690 23 Arizona Diamondbacks John Fidanza Georgia Gwinnett C
691 23 Baltimore Orioles Zeke McGranahan Georgia Gwinnett RHP
730 24 Detroit Tigers Gabe Hemmer San Diego Christian (Calif.) RHP
749 25 Los Angeles Angels Tyler Carpenter Georgia Gwinnett RHP
763 25 Atlanta Braves Kyle Kinman Bellevue (Neb.) LHP
787 26 Tampa Bay Rays Cade Gotta San Diego Christian (Calif.) CF
793 26 Atlanta Braves Trevor Sprowl Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 2B
798 27 Chicago White Sox Ryan Jones Arizona Christian (Ariz.) 1B
809 27 Los Angeles Angels Cody Lavalli Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) RF
858 29 Chicago White Sox Evin Enhardt Brewton-Parker (Ga.) RHP
880 29 Detroit Tigers Jacob Butler St. Francis (Ill.) RHP
905 30 Cincinnati Reds Josciel Veras Cumberland (Tenn.) SS
963 32 Kansas City Royals Timothy Hill Bacone (Okla.) LHP
976 33 Houston Astros Edwin Medina St. Thomas (Fla.) OF
1036 35 Houston Astros Keegan Yuhl Concordia (Calif.) RHP
1044 35 Toronto Bluejays Joey Aquino San Diego Christian (Calif.) RHP
1071 36 Seattle Mariners Spencer Hermann Fisher (Mass.) LHP
1079 36 Los Angeles Angels Brandon Gildea Westmont (Calif.) C
1086 36 Texas Rangers Cody Chartrand Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) RHP
1142 38 New York Yankees Andre Del Bosque Houston-Victoria (Texas) RHP
1213 40 Atlanta Braves Randy Santiesteban Peru State (Neb.) 2B