2009 Division III draftees

Nineteen players were selected in the 2009 MLB draft from Division III schools.

Whitenack Robert Whitenack, RHP, SUNY-Old Westbury
Chicago Cubs, eighth round, No. 260 overall

Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 185
Bats: Right. Throws: Right
Hometown: North Massapequa, N.Y.

Whitenack was the first-ever Panther to be drafted by a major league team and was the first Division III player taken in the 2009 draft.

A junior, Whitenack appeared in 35 games the past three seasons, making 24 starts including six complete games and three shutouts. On April 28, 2008, against Polytechnic, he tossed a 14-strikeout no-hitter in an 11-0 victory.

This season he posted a 2.81 ERA in leading the Panthers to a program-best 27-13 record. In 67.1 innings he posted a career-high 5-2 record, registering 79 strikeouts and holding the opposition to a .190 batting average. For his career, Whitenack went 12-10 with a 3.03 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 183.1 innings.

Whitenack finished his collegiate career as Old Westbury's all-time leader in strikeouts (179) and earned back-to-back Skyline Conference Pitcher of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009. He was also named the 2009 ECAC Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the ECAC All-Star Team. He was named the top prospect of the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League last summer after posting 40 strikeouts, just two short of the league leader. Whitenack, pitching for the Waikiki Surfers, appeared in 12 games and sported a 2.15 ERA over 37.2 innings and was a league all-star.

Matt Tone Matthew Tone, LHP, Cortland State
Minnesota Twins, 14th round, No. 432 overall

Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 210.
Bats: Left. Throws: Left.
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.

Tone is the 10th Cortland player to be drafted by a major league baseball team, all since 1994.

Tone finished 8-0 this past spring with a 3.07 earned run average in 11 appearances, all starts. In 67 and one-third innings, he allowed 64 hits and struck out 84 batters. Tone has a combined record of 21-1 (school-record .955 winning percentage) with a 2.81 ERA through three seasons with the Red Dragons. He ranks third at Cortland State with 229 career strikeouts in 176 and one-third innings.

Tone is a two-time Division III All-American. He was chosen to the D3baseball.com and ABCA All-America teams as a sophomore and to the ABCA All-America team this season. He was also the 2008 SUNYAC Pitcher of the Year and a two-time first team all-region honoree.

Tone is the second highest draft pick in Cortland history. Outfielder Craig Kerner was drafted in the 13th round by the Montreal Expos in 2000.

Walker Jack Walker, 3B, Concordia (Ill.)
Washington Nationals, 20th round, No. 592 overall

Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 215.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Naperville, Ill.

Walker enjoyed an excellent collegiate career with Concordia (Ill.). He was named a first-team all-region player by the ABCA for the 2007 and 2009 seasons. Walker also was a four-time first-team all-conference honoree, his freshman season in 2006 for the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference and in the following three seasons for the Northern Athletics Conference.

Walker was key to the Cougars' 2009 run to their first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division III Regionals. The team's participation at the Mideast Regional in Adrian, Mich., followed a season in which the Cougars went 33-15 and won both the regular-season and tournament titles for the Northern Athletics Conference.

Walker leaves Concordia holding five career records: games played (176), hits (235), runs scored (211), walks (135) and stolen bases (68). His career batting average of .352 is fourth on Concordia's all-time list.

Walker was following the draft online and surprised to see his selection come when it did. "I knew that the Nationals had me on their draft list, but I was expecting any possible selection to come in a later round," he said. "When I saw my name go up in the 20th round, I was speechless, and my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest. Shortly after, the Nationals' scout called to confirm the news and congratulate me. To be picked ... is a big surprise for me and an awesome feeling."

Walker is the second Concordia (Ill.) player this decade to be taken in the MLB draft. Pitcher Jim Paduch was a 12th-round pick (351st overall) of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2003 draft.

"I'm very happy to see Jack get this opportunity," said Concordia coach Spiro Lempesis. "He is a great young man, an extremely talented player, and an example of how hard work pays off. From where he was as a player four years ago to where he is today is a testament to his work ethic and character."

Johnson Michael Johnson, RHP, Concordia-Austin
New York Mets, twenty fourth round, No. 734 overall

Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 180.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Bellaire, Texas.

Johnson was the first of six players coming from a team in the West region.

This last season, Johnson went 7-2 with a 2.38 ERA and recorded a division-high 109 strikeouts over 68 innings. He also hurled an ASC-high seven complete games. Johnson earned pitcher of the year accolades along with Brett Holland of Texas-Tyler, and Kyle Barton, Hardin-Simmons. Johnson and Barton shared the honor of West Division Pitcher of the Year.

Johnson became the first player from Concordia drafted since it entered the ASC and brings the ASC all-time draft pick total to 16 players -- all since 1999.

Kaczrowski Dan Kaczrowski, SS, Hamline
Arizona Diamondbacks, 26th round, No. 786 overall

Ht.: 5-9. Wt.: 170.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: St. Anthony, Minn.

Kaczrowski learned the news having already made his professional debut. Kaczrowski has been playing with the independent St. Paul Saints since the last week of May, hitting .286 in 12 games with five RBIs.

"What Dan has accomplished is pretty remarkable. It's a compliment to his hard work and his family's support," said Hamline head coach and Saints pitching coach Jason Verdugo. "He worked hard and learned from his mentors, not just his coaches but his teammates like Andrew Bennett (2008 Hamline graduate and current Saints infielder). This is great for both the MIAC and Hamline."

Kaczrowski ended his collegiate career on both the All-MIAC and the ABCA Division III All-Midwest Region first teams. En route to earning those honors, he hit .463 in MIAC play (20 games). Kaczrowski was a D3baseball.com third team selection in 2008.

"This is a proud moment for Hamline and our baseball program, but an even bigger moment for Dan," said Hamline athletic director Bob Beeman. "Nothing this special comes easily, but, rather is the result of hard work and a commitment to achieving excellence. Dan embodies these qualities and his selection in the draft is a testament to his work ethic and his efforts, in conjunction with our coaching staff, in honing his skills during the past four years."

While leading the Pipers to their second straight MIAC playoff appearance and third in four years, Kaczrowski led the conference in stolen bases and steal attempts. Kaczrowski was 23-for-23 in stolen bases in 2009 and had a streak of 27 stolen bases extending into the end of the 2008 season - ending his career with one of the top ten active stolen base streaks in the NCAA.

He was in the top ten in MIAC statistics in batting average (fourth), on base percentage (sixth), runs scored (third), and hits (third). In 2009 he led the team with a .393 average and had 26 RBI while hitting ten doubles and a team-high four home runs. He struck out just five times in 150 at bats and drew a team-high 21 walks. Additionally, he led the team with an overall slugging percentage of .540 and an on-base percentage of .478.

Giovenco Mike Giovenco, RHP, North Park
Minnesota Twins, 26th round, No. 792 overall

Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 235.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: River Grove, Ill.

The 2009 season was an outstanding year for Mike Giovenco. On top of earning a first team selection for both the CCIW and the ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region, as well as setting the single season school record for strikeouts with 87, Giovenco can now add an even greater honor: Major League Baseball draft pick. The Minnesota Twins selected the draft-eligible sophomore.

Giovenco action "We couldn't be happier for Mike and his family," says fourth-year head coach Luke Johnson. "It's a legitimate culmination of his ability, his outstanding work habits, and his approach.

"The most gratifying thing for us as a program is that in Mike's two years here, he has gotten significantly better concerning his perceived weaknesses. Both Mike and our pitching coach Steve Hardman deserve all the credit in the world for that. His raw ability was never a question, but there is no doubt he has really taken off over the last 12 months. He's much more refined and has a legitimate chance at the pro level."

He created a lot of buzz in the Midwest scouting community this past spring. Routinely throwing in front of multiple professional scouts, he drew interest from every MLB team.

"Everyone in this program helps make things like this happen. Our players have high standards for themselves and do a great job of elevating the standard of excellence on a day by day basis. Mike would be the first to tell you that some of this is the result of being part of a team that values a legitimately consistent professional approach and the work habits that make this possible. Everyone on our roster can take some satisfaction in that."

Giovenco is also an outstanding student. The business and economics major has earned North Park's Dean's List distinction as well as being named to the Academic All-CCIW team.

Semel John Semel, OF, Chapman
New York Mets, 26th round, No. 794 overall

Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 195.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Palos Verdes, Calif.

It's becoming an annual occurrence at Chapman -- every June to be exact as a Chapman player was taken in the 2009 MLB first-year player draft for the fifth consecutive year. The All-America sophomore was the 794th pick overall and becomes the ninth Panther since 1999 to be selected by an MLB organization.

Semel earned All-Region and All-America honors from both the ABCA and D3baseball.com after batting .415 with 12 homers and 51 RBI. He led Chapman in nine offensive categories, including stolen bases (24), total bases (142) and on-base percentage (.483). He also struck out just eight times in 242 plate appearances this season, helping Chapman to a third place finish at the Division III championships last month.

The right-hander also served as the Panthers' closer, ranking No. 4 in Division III with nine saves. He posted a 2.61 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 41.1 innings but was drafted to play outfield. He is just the third position player selected from Chapman in its Division III history.

Semel is a redshirt sophomore, recently completing his third year of college, thus making him eligible for the draft. The Palos Verdes, Calif. native spent the 2007 season as a redshirt at Gonzaga and then played the past two seasons at Chapman.

Since 1966, a total of 64 Chapman baseball players have been selected in the draft.

Evan Bronson, LHP, Trinity (Texas)
Washington Nationals, 29th round, No. 862 overall

Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 195.
Bats: Left. Throws: Left.
Hometown: Midlothian, Va.

Bronson was drafted last year in the 36th round by the Milwaukee Brewers, but elected to return to Trinity for his final season.

Bronson was the workhorse of the Tigers' pitching staff. He started 13 of the 45 games Trinity played, finishing five of them. He led the staff in innings pitched (85.1) in his 15 appearances in 2009. Bronson finished the collegiate season with a 5-5 record and a 4.22 ERA, along with one save, striking out 102 batters. Bronson led the SCAC in strikeouts, with 87 (20th in the NCAA Division III). The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Bronson made the All-SCAC Honorable Mention Team. It marked the third consecutive year Bronson was selected to an All-SCAC squad.

Bronson's career ERA of 3.06 is the fifth best in Tiger history, and the 271 strikeouts ranked No. 6. He struck out 14 batters in a game twice in his career and struck out a dozen or more five times.

Bronson amassed a career record of 21-11, along with five saves. His 21 victories tied for ninth place in the Trinity record books.

Bayer Jeremiah Bayer, RHP, Trinity (Conn.)
Boston Red Sox, 30th round, No. 918 overall

Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 200.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Greenfield, Mass.

Bayer finished the 2009 season 12-1 with an 0.85 ERA to lead all D-III players and was second to Wooster's Justin McDowell in wins. His regular-season highlight came against NESCAC rival Amherst as Bayer threw a 65-pitch seven inning no-hitter, the 14th in Trinity history, for a 8-0 win. For Bayer, the season ended with his first loss as a collegiate player, an 8-3 loss to Kean in the D-III Baseball Championships. Bayer compiled a 21-1 record on the mound in two years at Trinity.

Bayer, the 2009 D3baseball.com National Pitcher of the Year, also earned NCBWA Division III Pitcher of the Year and was selected to the D3baseball.com All-American first team, the ABCA Division III All-American first team, and the ECAC Division III All-New England Team.

Bayer will be joined by fellow Bantam, Sean Killeen in the Red Sox organization. Killeen, a D3baseball.com first team All-American at catcher, signed a free agent contract with the Red Sox shortly after the conclusion of the draft. In addition to Bayer and Killeen, five other Trinity players, Jonah Bayliss (Royals, Pirates, Blue Jays), Jeff Natale (Red Sox), Kurt Piantek (Tigers), Thomas DiBenedetto (Red Sox), and Tim Kiely (Angels) have now continued their baseball careers at the professional level in the past seven years. In 2006, Bayliss became the first NESCAC player in 10 years to appear in a major league game.

Kummet Adian Kummet, RHP, St. Scholastica
Cincinnati Reds, 31st round, No. 929 overall

Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 200.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Brainerd, Minn.

Kummet is the second Saints baseball player to be drafted by an MLB team. The only other Saints player to be drafted was Brett Nyquist (2000-2002) in 13th round of the 2002 draft by the Montreal Expos. Kummet would be the third Saint to sign with a major league organization as Leland Swenson (1997-2000) signed a post-draft contract with the Texas Rangers.

Kummet action Kummet did not have to wait long on the final day of the draft as he was the eighth player selected.

This past spring, Kummet was named a D3baseball.com honorable mention All-American and a second team ABCA All-American. He finished 10th in the nation with a 1.87 earned run average, fifth with 5.77 hits allowed per nine innings, and 14th with 11.39 strikeouts per nine innings. He had 73 strikeouts in 57.2 innings.

For his career, he was tied for second in program history with 24 victories, third with 198.1 innings pitched, a 1.86 earned run average and 50 appearances, and fifth with 215 strikeouts.

Kummet was a first team All-UMAC selection all four years at CSS. He was named UMAC Rookie of the Year in 2006 and was the conference's co-pitcher of the year in 2007.

Dott Aaron Dott, LHP, UW-Whitewater
Tampa Bay Rays, 31st round, No. 949 overall

Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 220.
Bats: Right. Throws: Left.
Hometown: Green Lake, Wis.

Dott led the Warhawk pitching staff in 2009, helping UW-Whitewater to a share of the WIAC title and a berth in the NCAA D-III playoffs this spring. Dott finished the season 7-6 with a 3.16 ERA, leading the Warhawks in complete games (4), innings pitched (99.2), strikeouts (119), opponents batting average (.227).

His innings pitched total in 2009 is third highest in the school record book, and he is second on the list for season strikeouts. Dott is also second in career strikeouts with 234. He earned First Team All-WIAC and ABCA Second Team All-Midwest Region honors this spring.

Dott "He's big, 6-4, and a lefty," UW-W coach John Vodenlich said. "When they looked at him they could see he has the ability, a fastball in the mid- to upper 80s and an above-average breaking ball. If he signs with them he will have to adjust to pitching against wood and professional hitters throughout a lineup, instead of a college team that may have a couple of top batters."

Over the last two summers, Dott has pitched for the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League. He is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA this summer. Last year Dott added a no-hitter for the Loggers to his resume.

Pitcher Adam Dominick and catcher Billy Johnson, who signed professional contracts after the 2008 season, were the most recent Warhawks to catch a scout's eye. Pitchers Kevin Tomasiewicz and Greg Reinhard were drafted after UW-Whitewater won the NCAA Division III championship in 2005, and pitchers Brady Endl and Ryan Callahan inked contracts in 2004. Whitewater's most notable baseball alum is right-handed pitcher Bob Wickman, who played for several teams over the course of 16 major league seasons (1992-2007).

David Iden David Iden, 2B, Cal Lutheran
Los Angeles Dodgers, 35th round, No. 1,057 overall

Ht.: 5-9. Wt.: 175.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Iden was the second Cal Lutheran player selected in the past three drafts, following former teammate Lee Ellis in 2007.

"I'm ecstatic ... relieved ... anxious," said Iden explaining his feelings after being selected by the local big-league club. A flurry of emotions went through the 22-year old second baseman after receiving the call to hear the news he would be wearing Dodger blue.

Iden action "It was total relief," Iden said following that conversation. "There was much anticipation to see when I would go or if it would happen at all. Now I look forward to the future and making the most of this opportunity."

Iden, along with a number of other draftees will travel to Glendale, Ariz., within the next few days to take part in a mini-camp. Many of the invitees will then see playing time at the rookie or short season low-A levels.

Iden, a local product out of Thousand Oaks High School cemented his name in Cal Lutheran baseball history as one of the program's most consistent hitters. A career .343 hitter he batted at a .340 clip or better in his final three seasons.

His 192 base hits are tied for the Cal Lutheran record (Jason Claros) and his 559 at-bats is a school record. He also ranks in the top-10 in games played (149), doubles (44), RBI (100), runs scored (121), total bases (261) and stolen bases (63).

Burleson Chris Burleson, SS, Southern Maine
Cincinnati Reds, 36th round, No. 1,079 overall

Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 185.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Portland, Maine.

Burleson is the first Southern Maine player to be selected in the MLB draft since Tip Fairchild was tabbed by the Houston Astros in the 12th round of the 2005 draft.

Among the numerous awards he received this season, Burleson was named to the All-Little East Conference first team, the NEIBA All-New England first team and the ECAC Division III New England first team. He also was selected by D3baseball.com as an honorable mention All-American.

Burleson finished his final season at USM batting .390 (64 for 164) with 69 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples, eight homers, 39 RBI and a team-high 27 stolen bases. Along with 44 walks and nine times hit by pitch, Burleson had a .539 on-base percentage.

A four-year standout for the Huskies, Burleson finished his career batting .350 (221-for-631) with a school record 214 runs scored, 39 doubles, 12 triples, 25 home runs, 139 RBI and 72 stolen bases. He also has the school record for career walks (151).

Southern Maine finished the season with a 36-9 record, and won the Little East Conference regular season title (outright or shared) for the fifth time since baseball became a conference sport in 1997 with a 12-2 mark. The Huskies spent three consecutive weeks atop the D3baseball.com Top 25.


Daniel Sarisky, RHP, Oglethorpe
Houston Astros, 39th round, No. 1,211 overall

Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 185.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.

Sarisky, a sophomore, was dominant on the mound this season for Oglethorpe. In 15 appearances, he compiled a 5-1 record with a 2.68 ERA. Additionally, Sarisky struck out 65 batters in only 40.1 innings while walking only 14 opponents.

Sarisky was named as an All-SCAC First Team pitcher and an ABCA award winner.

Sarisky is just the sixth player in SCAC to be selected in the MLB draft and the first from Oglethorpe. If he signs with Houston, Sarisky, a sophomore eligibility-wise, will be trying to become the tenth former Petrel baseball player to play for a major league team.

The most famous Petrel to play ball at the highest level was another sophomore, who left the campus early to pursue a big league career, Hall of Famer Luke Appling. Appling was signed by the Atlanta Crackers in 1930 and went on to play 20 big-league seasons for the Chicago White Sox.

The other former Petrels to play major league baseball with their last year on campus in parentheses are Al Wingo (1918), Lucas Turk (1921), Ron Carlyle (1921), Dave Barbee (1926), Jay Partridge (1925), Greek George (1933), Harry Dean (1941) and Phil McCullough (1938).

Handke Chris Handke, RHP, Cornell
Los Angeles Dodgers, 41st round, No. 1,237 overall

Ht.: 6-11. Wt.: 235.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Bellevue, Iowa.

The rangy right-hander discovered his fate on the Internet shortly after noon on the draft's final day, although the news didn't come as a complete surprise.

"I had talked with the Dodgers before the draft," Handke said. "I thought there was a decent chance they would take me, but you never know how things will work out. I've been helping a professor on campus. I checked online after lunch and that's when I found out. The Dodgers called later that night around 10. It's definitely exciting."

Handke, the only IIAC player drafted, drew attention from scouts in May at the Perfect Game USA showcase event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His fastball topped out at 93 miles per hour. Handke said he started to get phone calls two or three days after the showcase.

Handke pitched in a limited role with the Rams this past spring. He appeared in six games and went 0-1 with a 15.19 earned run average. Handke walked 12 and struck out eight in 10.2 innings. In three seasons at Cornell, Handke has made 17 appearances on the mound, including two starts. He has a career 10.12 ERA with 25 walks and 11 strikeouts in 21-1/3 innings.

Handke is most known by Cornell fans for his exploits on the basketball court. A second team all-IIAC center, Handke helped lead the 2008-09 Rams to the conference tournament title and a berth in the Division III NCAA Tournament. He averaged 9.8 points and 6.3 rebounds and set a single-season school record with 45 blocks.

"I enjoy both sports," Handke said. "I've always had people tell me that because of my height and I can throw the ball hard at times that I had a lot of upside and potential in baseball. It's something I'm obviously interested in doing."

"I told the Dodgers that I want to finish my degree at Cornell and complete my basketball career." said Handke, who carries a 3.9 grade point average with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Baines Harold Baines, OF, McDaniel
Chicago White Sox, 45th round, No. 1,363 overall

Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 175.
Bats: Left. Throws: Left.
Hometown: St. Michaels, Md.

Baines, a two-year starter for the Green Terror, becomes the first player taken from McDaniel in the 45 years of the draft. Drafted as a left fielder with the 1,363rd overall pick, he will attempt to become the sixth player in program history to play professional baseball.

Former Green Terror pitcher Mike Draper is the only other player with ties to the program to be selected. Draper, who played for then-Western Maryland for one season (1985), was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1988 from George Mason. Draper had 29 appearances on the mound for the New York Mets in 1993.

Baines, a second-team All-Centennial Conference selection in 2009, had a .349 average in his two seasons at McDaniel. He finished with 88 base hits, including a program-record 48 in 2009. He also matched the program record with 11 doubles as a senior while adding three home runs for a .531 slugging percentage. His 34 runs scored in 2009 paced the team. He ranked second on the squad with 26 RBIs. For his career, he had 47 RBIs, 55 runs scored, 17 doubles, five triples and three home runs after transferring from Randolph-Macon prior to the 2008 season.

Baines will attempt to follow in his father's footsteps and don a major league uniform. Baines, Sr. played 22 years in Major League Baseball, including 14 with the White Sox, where is in his fourth season on the coaching staff and second as the first-base coach. The elder Baines, a six-time all-star, had a .289 career batting average with 384 home runs and 1,628 RBIs.

Holland Brett Holland, RHP, Texas-Tyler
San Diego Padres, 49th round, No. 1,464 overall

Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 195.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: Lindale, Texas

Holland's selection marks the third consecutive year that a Texas-Tyler player has been taken in the MLB draft. Brett Amyx and Nate Jennings were drafted by Kansas City and Toronto, respectively, in 2007, while Tim Matthews and Holland were chosen by Colorado and Oakland in 2008.

The selection by the Padres serves as an exclamation point to a remarkable 2009 season for Holland. He went 9-5 with one save, a 3.24 ERA and 114 strikeouts on the year. His 114 strikeouts were the third most in Division III.

Holland garnered several awards for his work during the 2009 season including American Southwest Conference East Division Pitcher of the Year, D3baseball.com All-America honorable mention, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association West Region Pitcher of the Year, and CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team honors.

Holland will end his four-year career as Patriot with a 27-5 record and a lifetime ERA of 3.07. He will go down in the UT-Tyler record books as the Patriots' all-time strikeout leader with 284.

Hissey David Hissey, OF, Emory
Philadelphia Phillies, 50th round, No. 1,517 overall

Ht.: 5-9. Wt.: 177.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Hometown: West Chester, Pa.

A four-year starter in the Emory outfield, Hissey finished his career as the school's career leader in stolen bases (113), second in runs scored (180) and third in hits (237). He compiled a .366 career average, six home runs and 96 RBIs.

In 2009, he started all 42 of the games he saw action in and finished second on the team in hitting with a .369 average. He tooped the team with 44 runs scored and was second in base hits (59) and third in doubles (12). He paced the team with 37 stolen bases in 40 attempts. Hissey was named to the ABCA all-South Region second team, and to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) first team. Hissey was the UAA's Most Valuable Player in 2006.

A four-year starter in the Emory outfield, Hissey finished his career as the school's career leader in stolen bases (113), second in runs scored (180) and third in hits (237). He compiled a .366 career average, six home runs and 96 runs batted in.

This season, Hissey was named to the ABCA all-South Region second team, and to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) first team. Hissey was the UAA's Most Valuable Player in 2006.

Hissey is the fifth Eagle drafted since Emory reinstated its varsity program in 1991 after a 100-year absence. Twin brothers and pitchers Scott and Jeff Kramer were both drafted in 1994, Scott in the 13th round by the Cleveland Indians and Jeff in the 30th round by the Milwaukee Brewers, and third baseman Andrew Pinckney was drafted in 2004 by the Boston Red Sox. Last year, third baseman Frank Pfister was selected in the 17th round by the Cincinnati Reds, and is currently playing for their Class A affiliate.

Hedman Drew Hedman, 1B, Pomona-Pitzer
Boston Red Sox, 50th round, No. 1,518 overall

Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 200.
Bats: Left. Throws: Left.
Hometown: Redding, Calif.

Hedman is the third Sagehen since 2003 to be selected in the draft.

This honor caps the best offensive season in Pomona-Pitzer baseball history. Hedman hit .489 with 24 home runs and 87 RBI this season to help lead the Sagehens to the No. 1 ranking at the end of the regular season and the automatic bid from the SCIAC. Hedman finished shy of the hitting triple crown as he topped the circuit in home runs and RBIs but finished with the third best batting average (Kyle Wooden, Guilford hit .514).

With his offensive numbers Hedman swept the hitting honors handed out at the end of the season. He was the the D3baseball.com Player of the Year as well as the National Hitter of the Year by the ABCA and the NCBWA.

Hedman hit .422 over the last three years for the Sagehens earning first team all conference honors each year. The two-time D3baseball.com All-American first baseman added 56 home runs and 203 RBIs in those three years.