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
|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|