We had two local products selected on the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday, with Bronxville native and University of Florida outfielder Harrison Bader coming off the board when the St. Louis Cardinals picked him in the third round (100th overall) and Harrison resident and Iona College right-handed pitcher Mariano Rivera III being selected by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round (134th overall).
Bader, a Horace Mann graduate, is hitting .292 with 15 homers and 61 RBI in his junior season at Florida and has yet to make an error in left field. He led the Gators in batting average as a freshman (.312) and as a sophomore (.337) and is currently preparing for the College World Series. I have a phone interview scheduled with Bader this afternoon, but for now, you can reading more about him by clicking here.
Since his high school days at Iona Prep, Rivera has seen his fastball jumped from the low 90s, settle in at 92-95, and occasionally reached 97 mph. He set an Iona College single-season record with 113 strikeouts, his ERA dropped to 2.65, and he was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. CLICK HERE to read Chad Jennings’ story on Mo III.
And while he isn’t a Section 1 or #lohudbaseball alum, it’s worth noting that Niskayuna High School’s Garrett Whitley was selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s not too common for players from New York to go in the first round and extremely rare for one to come straight out of high school.
Rounds 10-40 of the draft will be held on Wednesday. Track the picks on the mlb.com.
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