Record-Tying Six St. John's Players Selected In 2015 MLB Draft|
June 10, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's matched a 2005 program-record for selections in one draft as six players, including five pitchers, were chosen in the 2015 MLB Draft. The record-tying haul featured five players chosen in the top 498 picks, besting another mark from the 2005 draft class when five players were taken in the first 559 selections.
Cody Stashak was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 13th round (380th overall), while the Mariners also drafted Matt Clancy in the 13th round (395th overall). Thomas Hackimer was chosen by the New York Mets in the 15th round (449th overall) before Ryan McCormick was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 16th round (467th overall). Tyler Sanchez, the lone position player among the six draftees, went to the Texas Rangers in the 17th round (498th overall) and Alex Katz was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 27th round (802nd overall).
"Having six selections in the draft this year is a testament to our program's ability to develop talent and prepare players for the next level," said head coach Ed Blankmeyer, who has had 17 players drafted in just the past four seasons. "All of these young men have worked extremely hard and have earned the opportunity to pursue professional careers."
Stashak earned first team All-BIG EAST honors this past season, his first at the Division I level. The righty went 7-4 with a 3.57 ERA in 16 appearances, all starts, and racked up 69 strikeouts in 85.2 innings of work. Stashak combined on three shutouts and held the opposition to a .253 batting average. The junior ranked second in the league in wins, fourth in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts and ninth in opponent average.
As part of a breakout junior campaign, Clancy went 1-1 with one save and a 2.91 ERA in a career-high 32 relief appearances. The lefty had 35 strikeouts in 34.0 innings of work and held opponents to just a .218 average. Clancy ranked third in the league in appearances and combined on three shutouts. In three seasons with the Red Storm, Clancy has gone 4-6 with one save and a 4.21 ERA to go with 69 strikeouts in 83.1 innings of work.
A first team ABCA All-Northeast Region selection and a unanimous first team All-BIG EAST honoree, Hackimer went 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA to go with a league-leading and program-record 15 saves. The reliever also led the league with a program-record 35 appearances and ranked fifth with 55 strikeouts in just 51.2 innings of work. Hackimer owns program-records for both saves (28) and appearances (96) in a career and has posted a 7-2 record to go with a 3.05 ERA for the Red Storm.
A second team Collegiate Baseball All-American, McCormick unanimously earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors and was a unanimous first team All-BIG EAST selection this past season. The righty went a league-best 11-1 to match a 47 year-old program-record for wins in a single season and ranked second in the league in ERA (2.66), third in strikeouts (70) and first in innings pitched (91.1). McCormick tossed two complete games, including one shutout, and also notched one save. In three seasons, the junior has a gone 21-9 with a 4.00 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 211.1 innings of work.
Sanchez belted a career-high five home runs this past season to go with four doubles, one triple and 17 RBI. The catcher added a .374 slugging percentage and committed just four errors in 334 chances, while throwing out 26.5 percent of base stealers. In two seasons at St. John's, Sanchez has totaled 13 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 35 RBI, and has thrown out 32.7 percent of base stealers.
Katz went 3-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 19 appearances, six starts, this past season. The lefty ranked seventh in the league with 52 strikeouts and allowed a .259 opponent average in 55.2 innings of work, while combining on two shutouts. Katz has posted a 5-6 record to go with one save and a 3.97 ERA in three seasons with the Red Storm. The lefty has added 112 strikeouts in 124.2 innings of work.