While North Carolina third baseman and Iona Prep grad Colin Moran made the big local splash in the MLB Draft when he was selected No. 6 overall by the Miami Marlins on Thursday, another local player was taken on Saturday in the 31st round.
St. John’s left-hander and Mamaroneck grad Sean Hagan was taken by the Chicago White Sox at No. 933 overall, one year after he was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the 29th round (880th overall). Hagan opted to stay in school for his senior season, but didn’t have the same success that he had as a junior. After he went 8-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 68 strikeouts in a school-record 108.2 innings of work in 2012, Hagan was 4-7 with a 5.16 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 90.2 innings in 2013. He also saw his WHIP jump up to 1.52.
Despite the decline in numbers, the former two-time New York state Class AA champion was still clearly on the radar of MLB teams after last season. He has been a starter for St. John’s, but left-handed relievers are coveted, which could be an option for Hagan with the White Sox. At 6-6 and 235 pounds, he’s got the body-type that pro scouts look for.
After scouring through each round of the draft, Moran and Hagan were the only two locals that I could find. But if you know of any other players from the LoHud area that were selected, be sure to drop me a line on Twitter @vzmercogliano.
UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: I missed Scarsdale grad Henry Hirsch, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round (659th overall). Hirsch is a junior RHP at the University of New Haven, so he’ll have a similar choice to the one that Hagan had to make last year. He went 4-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 59 innings with 60 strikeouts this past season. Hirsch allowed a .283 batting average to opponents, but has the kind of stuff that suggests there is room for improvement. It’ll be interesting to see what he decides to do with another year left of college eligibility.
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