Hometown Kids (Day 3 Draft Recap)
A six hour marathon of over 1,200 names called came to a close, with 30 new players added into the mix of who could potentially wear a Boise Hawks jersey in the future.
A boatload of high school talent – most of whom will end up sticking with their college plans (high profile schools such as Vanderbilt, Fullerton State, Oklahoma State, Texas) – mixed in with college seniors who will undoubtedly see what Boise is like and experience the summer that is the Northwest League.
But for me (and most Boise Hawks fans), two names stuck out – Joey Martarano and Andrew Ely. Why? They are from right here in the 208.
It was fun to watch Twitter after the Cubs selected Martarano in the 22nd round – as the draft listed him as from Boise State – who does not have a baseball program. Yes, he is a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Broncos, but after some quick searching, most realized that he was one of two highly sought after players from the Gem State last year (along with current Padres farmhand Mason Smith) and turned down 100K from the Phillies after being drafted in the 12th round.
If Martarano signs, it will be fun to watch his progress – though he hasn’t played since starring for a very good Fruitland High team during his prep days – but made waves during the summer of 2012 competing on the summer baseball circuit. Scouts love his swing (which he showcased at Memorial Stadium last summer in the BSU Charity Softball Game – hitting balls out of the park) and his 6-3 240 pound frame.
Ely, drafted in the 32nd round by the Cubs, is coming off a great season at the University of Washington, helping the Huskies to the Oxford Regional final and earning All Pac-12 honors. He was a four-time All-Southern Idaho Conference pick playing for Frank Wright and the Eagle Mustangs. It will be interesting to see what Ely decides – whether he works out a deal with the Cubs to get his schooling paid for and begins his pro career – or whether he returns to the Montlake to finish his senior year in the brand new facilities at UW.
If they play in Boise, they will join the Pat McIntyre’s, the Jordan Latham’s, the Roger Evenson’s, and the Izaac Garsez’s – local kids in the last decade that play in the shadows of their home town, for their home town team.
One Day 3 arm sticks out to me (and has a stretch to the Treasure Valley) in pitcher Jordan Brink. The 11th round selection out of Fresno State (Mountain West Conference – there’s the stretch) was 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA in his first full-season as a pitcher. Scouts and draft experts see him as an over-slot selection as he could return for his senior year and possibly have his stock rise.
Two infielders whom I feel will join the Hawks this summer will be Alex Tomasovich (20th Round out of Charleston Southern) and Chesny Young (14th Round out of Mercer). Tomasovich hit .361 with 5 homers, 21 doubles, and 44 RBI at CSU, while Young (who hit .403 in 2013) hit .348 with 38 RBI, but had 28 walks and only 14 strikeouts in over 200 plate appearances.
Three outfielders intrigue me – Calvin Graves (27th Round – Franklin Pierce U.), Daniel Spingola (24th Round – Georgia Tech), and Charlie White (21st Round – Maryland). White is the most obvious, since most Cubs fans were watching White’s Maryland teammate, Jake Stinnett throw against Virginia in the NCAA Super Regionals – with the center-fielder stealing the show by going 3-for-5 and make an amazing catch in the first inning to help the Terps win. Heading into the Supers, White was hitting .284 with 13 doubles and 24 stolen bases. Speed is what brings Graves to the table, hitting .319, but stealing 32 bags this spring for the Division II school. And Spingola played for a outstanding Georgia Tech team, earning All-ACC honors after hitting .348 with 38 RBI.
Now comes the waiting period – who signs, when to they report, who gets assigned to Boise – considering the Hawks are less than 72 hours from arriving in the City of Trees.