11 Stingers taken on Day 3 of MLB draft
WILLMAR — Eight former Willmar Stingers and three players off the current team were taken in the late rounds of the 2013 MLB draft on Saturday, to bring the total Stingers drafted this season to 15.
Day 3 of the draft kicked off Saturday afternoon with the 11th round, and Sean Dwyer went almost immediately to the Colorado Rockies. Current Stinger Steven Brault went shortly after to the Baltimore Orioles.
Willmar co-owner Ryan Voz said Brault has been shut down by the Stingers and will likely sign with the Orioles soon.
In the 15th round, Andre Wheeler went to the Chicago White Sox and Isaac Ballou to the Washington Nationals.
Current Stinger Josh Matheson was next, in the 19th round, to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Matheson will negotiate with the Brewers but will be with the Stingers until at least Thursday, Voz said.
The White Sox grabbed Dillon Haupt in the 20th round and the Rockies took Jerad McCrummen in round 23.
Thomas Taylor went to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 26th round, Jake Stinnett went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 29th round, Max Homick went to the Orioles in the 32nd round and Jack Cleary wrapped it up going to the Brewers in the 39th round.
Former Stinger shortstop Hunter Dozier was selected with the eighth overall pick of the first round to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. On Friday, Mikey Reynolds went to the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round, Forrestt Allday went to the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round and Ricky Knapp went to the New York Mets in the eighth round.
Jonathan Davis, who had originally agreed to play for the Stingers but backed out just before the season started, was also drafted to the Orioles in the 15th round. Including Davis, the Stingers had 16 players drafted, which ties them with Eau Claire and Rochester for most players selected this year.
“This was kind of a monumental year for us,” Voz said.” For us, it’s extra special. The last three years with our marketing we’ve hopefully been able to communicate with our fans the affordability and the entertainment (of the Stingers), but also the quality of baseball is very, very high.”
Dozier was the second-highest draft pick in the history of the Northwoods League, trailing only Tony Sanchez, who played for the Battle Creek Bombers, who went to the Pirates fourth overall in 2009.
“Everyone knew (Dozier) was a high prospect, but for him to go eighth overall, there’s a chance this may never happen in the history of the Stingers again,” Voz said. “For them to take him first round they foresee him as the everyday third baseman somewhere down the road.”