Fifteen Players Taken in MLB Draft, None Were Quarterbacks

Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE

Fifteen players from the MAC were selected in this year's MLB Draft, including four Day 2 picks.

Jordan Foley, RHP, Central Michigan (New York Yankees, 5th round, 152 overall)

Rewind three years ago to the 2011 Draft. Foley was drafted out of high school (The Colony, Tex.) in the 26th round by the Yankees. After taking Foley in the 26th round of that draft, he went on to pitch his way into the Friday role for the Chippewas for the past two seasons. Scouts loved this kid all season long, calling him "the most MLB-ready prospect in the conference."

Andrew Sohn, SS, Western Michigan (St. Louis Cardinals, 6th round, 195)

Overall, very good athlete. Didn't have the best statistics, but played a damn good shortstop for the Broncos. The 21st shortstop taken in this draft, and the second position player select by St. Louis after Darren Seferina (2B-Miami Dade CC).

Brian Clark, LHP, Kent State (Chicago White Sox, 9th round, 258)

The junior who went from anchoring the bullpen to being a starter has really earned this opportunity. Earning All-MAC and All-America honors in his three years at Kent State, Clark had a 3.77 earned run average as a starting pitcher, picking up 70 strikeouts with 35 walks. Unlike the other two Kent State players drafted this year, Clark was not selected in any previous draft.

Seth Varner, LHP, Miami (Cincinnati Reds, 10th round, 305)

This season's MAC Pitcher of the Year and a local pick for the Reds to end Day 2 of the Draft. This southpaw led the MAC in innings pitched (104.1) and strikeouts (123).

Matt Trowbridge, LHP, Central Michigan (Baltimore Orioles, 13th round, 391)

Another junior in this class, pitched 105 innings in his three years at CMU with an overall ERA of 3.77 and a WHIP of 1.65. He had 43 strikeouts this year in 31.1 innings. A robust 5'10", but that doesn't take too much away from his overall skill set on the hill.

Tyler Mautner, 3B, Buffalo (Minnesota Twins, 14th round, 410)

The only player to play all 52 games for the bulls this year, Mautner led the team in batting average and had a total slash line of .337/.444/.508. He had just as many walks as he did strikeouts this year (38).

Eric Dorsch, RHP, Kent State (Pittsburgh Pirates, 15th round, 461)

Picking up some Draft stock this year, Dorsch went from being a 21st round pick last year to being a 15th rounder this year. Making 27 appearances out of the bullpen this year, Dorsch had an ERA of 3.56 with a WHIP of 1.15. He also had 27 strikeouts in 30.1 innings of work.

Devan Ahart, OF, Akron (Los Angeles Dodgers, 16th round, 489)

Akron's best all-around player, the outfielder had a total slash line of .311/.395/.404 in 2014. Only striking out 16 times, Ahart collected 30 walks and 15 extra-base hits.

T.J. Weir, RHP, Ball State (San Diego Padres, 17th round, 507)

Third on the team with a 3.61 ERA, Weir was second in the MAC in strikeouts with 117 in 99.2 innings. Weir went 8-2 on the year including a complete game shutout and a save.

Ryan Powers, RHP, Miami (Philadelphia Phillies, 22nd round, 652)

His first year pitching as a starter more than a reliever, Powers brought his ERA down to a 4.25 on the season, and brought his WHIP down to 1.42. In 84.2 innings, he picked up 60 strikeouts while walking 35.

Sean Godfrey, OF, Ball State (Atlanta Braves, 22nd round, 673)

Leading the conference with 79 hits on the year, Godfrey was named an All-American by Lousiville Slugger. With a slash line of .333/.403/.540, Godfrey led the MAC with 57 runs batted in, 22 doubles, 128 total bases, and second with nine home runs.

Alex Klonowski, RHP, Northern Illinois (Los Angeles Angels, 29th round, 869)

A two-way player, Klonowski was selected as a pitcher in this draft. The MAC's ERA leader was Zach Plesac (nephew of Dan Plesac), but Klonowski was a close second with a 2.39.

Mike Burke, RHP, Buffalo (Baltimore Orioles, 30th round, 901)

Another two-way player, both pitcher and shortstop for the Bulls, Burke was far more impressive on the hill. An ERA of 3.33 and a WHIP of 1.15, Burke made 14 starts, pitched four complete games (one shutout).

John Fasola, RHP, Kent State (Texas Rangers, 31st round, 936)

After transferring from Kansas State and sitting out a year, Fasola was ready to pitch for Kent State in 2014. In 29 innings of work (21 appearances), he had an ERA of 4.66 with 28 strikeouts. Fun fact: Fasola was actually drafted in the 36th round of the 2010 Draft by the Dodgers. There's even a neat video on him.

Nestor Bautista, LHP, Ball State (Miami Marilins, 32nd round, 947)

Behind Plesac, Bautista was second in ERA for Ball State (3.55). He was also third on the team in opponent's batting average (.233).
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