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Seven former Stingers taken in MLB draft


WILLMAR -- Seven former Willmar Stingers players were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Wednesday.

The earliest Stinger to be selected was Mitch Delfino, who went to the San Francisco Giants in the 20th round.

Mikey Reynolds was taken nine picks later by the New York Yankees, followed by Joe Sever to the Cleveland Indians in the 21st, Anthony Bemboom to the Los Angeles Angels in the 22nd and Jason Leblebijian to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 25th.

After the run on ex-Stingers in the 20s, it took until the 37th round for Matt Collins to go to the Angels and the 40th and final round for Pat Stover, who went to the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 1,226th overall pick.

Stover was the only Stinger on the current roster to be selected.

Willmar manager Matt Hollod said he was surprised that others weren't picked, such as Dillon Haupt and George Asmus, but that it could help the Stingers out this season.

"I would've liked to see Stover get drafted and go because that's what he wanted," Hollod said. "(But) it's better for us because it gives us a hell of a lot more options."

Hollod added he wasn't sure whether Stover would sign, and it's still possible he could play for the Stingers this season.

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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