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On to the Pros

June 07, 2012
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The 2012 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft concluded on Wednesday as 28 NAIA programs had players drafted by 24 of MLB's 30 clubs. In total, 44 NAIA student-athletes were selected during the three-day, 40-round event.

Oklahoma City's Dane Phillips, a junior catcher from Nacogdoches, Texas, was the first NAIA player off the board, selected in the second round (70th overall) by the San Diego Padres. Phillips, a 2012 NAIA First Team All-American, led the Stars with a .410 batting average and ranked second on the squad with 67 RBIs, 14 home runs, 160 total bases and three triples. Additionally, he paced the NAIA with 26 doubles, while ranking amongst the top 15 nationally in total bases, slugging percentage (.762), RBIs (67) and home runs.

The first NAIA pitcher drafted was Corey Black of Faulkner (Ala.). Black, chosen in the fourth round (157th overall) by the New York Yankees, was 11-2 with four complete games and a 1.53 earned run average in 14 starts this season. He held opponents to a .173 batting average and totaled 96 strikeouts, including a season high 10 punch-outs against Brewton-Parker (Ga.) on Feb. 24 and again on March 30 against Loyola (La.).

Lee (Tenn.) boasted the most draftees with five including: pitcher Kris Hall, pitcher Patrick Merkling, pitcher Vincent Spilker, pitcher Andy Hillis and catcher Jorge Saez. Oklahoma City was second with four, while British Columbia, Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Southern Poly (Ga.), Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Arizona Christian, Fresno Pacific (Calif.), Tennessee Wesleyan and St. Thomas (Fla.) had two selections, respectively.

The Miami Marlins had the most NAIA selections with six, followed by the Chicago Clubs with four and the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres with three each.

Fourteen percent of participating institutions had players drafted in 2012. Since 2008, the NAIA has averaged 42 individuals selected each year by MLB clubs.

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

To learn more about NAIA baseball, click here.

2012 MLB Draft - NAIA Players Selected

Pick Round Team Player School Pos.
70 2 San Diego Padres Dane Phillips Oklahoma City C
157 4 New York Yankees Corey Black Faulkner (Ala.) RHP
227 7 Miami Marlins Ryan Newell Shorter (Ga.) RHP
245 7 Milwaukee Brewers David Otterman British Columbia LHP
254 8 Chicago Cubs Michael Heesch South Carolina Beaufort LHP
259 8 Oakland A's Kris Hall Lee (Tenn.) RHP
295 9 Toronto Blue Jays Jordan Leyland Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 1B
334 10 Detroit Tigers Charles Gillies The Master's (Calif.) RHP
336 10 Texas Rangers Joseph Shiver Southern Poly (Ga.) RHP
393 12 Arizona Diamondbacks Keith Glenn Arizona Christian CF
437 14 Miami Marlins Michael Vaughn Fresno Pacific (Calif.) C
534 17 Washington Nationals Blake Schwartz Oklahoma City RHP
549 18 Houston Astros Ricky Gingras Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) C
557 18 Miami Marlins Patrick Merkling Lee (Tenn.) LHP
602 19 Tampa Bay Rays Miguel Beltran Oklahoma City 1B
650 21 New York Mets Gary Ward Bethel (Tenn.) LHP
659 21 Atlanta Braves Jeremy Fitzgerald Tennessee Wesleyan RHP
681 22 Chicago White Sox Cory McGinnis Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) RHP
686 22 Los Angeles Dodgers Alan Garcia Azusa Pacific (Calif.) RHP
701 23 Seattle Mariners Levi Dean Tennessee Wesleyan RHP
751 24 Boston Red Sox Keaton Briscoe British Columbia 2B
758 24 Philadelphia Phillies Chad Carman Oklahoma City C
767 25 Miami Marlins Dane Stone St. Thomas (Fla.) RHP
768 25 Colorado Rockies Alec Mehrten Fresno Pacific (Calif.) SS
771 25 Chicago White Sox Storm Throne Morningside (Iowa) RHP
783 25 Arizona Diamondbacks Vincent Spilker Lee (Tenn.) RHP
795 26 San Diego Padres Brandon Alger Indiana Tech LHP
798 26 Colorado Rockies Adam Paulencu Embry-Riddle (Fla.) RHP
838 27 San Francisco Giants Chris Fern Union (Ky.) LHP
854 28 Chicago Cubs Lance Rymel Rogers State (Okla.) C
867 28 Los Angeles Angels Joel Capote St. Thomas (Fla.) CF
884 29 Chicago Cubs Austin Pentecost Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) RHP
900 29 St. Louis Cardinals Andy Hillis Lee (Tenn.) RHP
914 30 Chicago Cubs Izaac Garsez College of Idaho RF
959 31 Atlanta Braves Matt Kimbrel Southern Poly (Ga.) RHP
985 32 Toronto Blue Jays Jorge Saez Lee (Tenn.) C
992 32 Tampa Bay Rays Benjamin Kline Embry-Riddle (Fla.) SS
995 32 Milwaukee Brewers Nick Anderson Mayville State (N.D.) RHP
1022 33 Tampa Bay Rays Luke Goodgion Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) LHP
1047 34 Los Angeles Angels Zachary Livingston Arizona Christian C
1074 35 Washington Nationals Cory Bafidis Texas Wesleyan LHP
1085 35 Milwaukee Brewers Jose Sermo Bethany (Kan.) SS
1157 38 Miami Marlins Michael Smith Cumberland (Tenn.) LHP
1185 39 San Diego Padres Anthony Renteria Cal State San Marcos OF