Four Terps, Three Signees Taken in MLB Draft
June 6, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland baseball program had four players and three prep signees selected in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, which opened Monday and wrapped up Wednesday.
All seven players were selected on Wednesday in rounds 16 through 40, led by senior shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez, who was taken in the 17th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. Two junior pitchers were selected by the New York Yankees, as lefty Jimmy Reed went in the 21st round and right-hander Charlie Haslup was taken in the 26th round. Senior RHP Michael Boyden was taken in the 31st round by the Washington Nationals.
Prep signee Jake Drossner, a left-handed pitcher from Council Rock North High School in Richboro, Pa., was selected in the 23rd round by the Chicago Cubs. The New York Mets took Jared Price, a right-handed pitcher from Twin Valley High School in Mohnton, Pa., in the 33rd round. Shortstop Jose Cuas from Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., was taken in the 40th round by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rodriguez was also drafted in the 32nd round by the Brewers in 2011, but chose to return to Maryland for his final season of eligibility.
One of the most identifiable names for Maryland over the past four years, Rodriguez was in the starting lineup at shortstop for 177 straight games from his freshman through senior seasons. The Oakton, Va., native established career bests in batting average (.294), doubles (12), RBIs (34), on-base percentage (.368) and fielding percentage (.967) as a senior.
Known for his superior defensive abilities, Rodriguez committed a career-low eight errors in 2012 and was named to the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award last month. He also tied the school record with 62 career stolen bases, including a team-high 16 as a senior.
Over the final two months of the 2012 season, Rodriguez was at his best in helping Maryland finish with 32 wins, its second-most in program history. Over that span Rodriguez hit .358 to raise his season batting average to .294, fourth best on the team.
Reed enjoyed a breakout junior season, leading the team with a 2.70 ERA and eight saves. After spending the first month and a half of the season as the closer, Reed made a successful transition into the starting rotation. In his first career start, Reed struck out eight and held NC State to two hits in eight shutout innings to lead Maryland to a 4-0 win. His first three career starts spanned at least eight innings, including a nine-inning effort against Duke.
On the season, Reed held opponents to a .226 batting average and struck out 52 while walking just 16. His eight saves are tied for the second most in a single season in school history.
Haslup also had an outstanding junior season as the team's primary option out of the bullpen. The Easton, Md., native tied a team high with 21 appearances and led all relievers with a 2.64 ERA (minimum 15 innings pitched). Haslup went 5-5 on the year while accumulating 44 strikeouts to 20 walks in 44-1/3 innings.
Used primarily as the setup man, Haslup held opponents scoreless in 12 of 21 appearances. He also showed the ability to pitch in long stretches, tossing 4-1/3 scoreless innings at St. John's on March 28 and 4-2/3 scoreless at Florida State on May 6. Haslup made one start on the year, setting career highs with seven strikeouts in seven innings in a win over Norfolk State on May 1.
Boyden was another top option out of the pen for Maryland, making 21 appearances with six starts. The La Plata, Md., native finished the season 2-3 with a 3.35 ERA and averaged 10.74 strikeouts/9 innings, second best on the team. In 51 innings pitched, Boyden held opponents to a .207 batting average and struck out 50.
This marks the second consecutive year under head coach Erik Bakich that Maryland had multiple players selected in the MLB Draft; Rodriguez, Sander Beck, Eric Potter and Matt Marquis were drafted in 2011.
MLB teams have until 5 p.m., ET, on Friday, July 13, to sign players selected in the 2012 MLB Draft.
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