Five Dirtbags Drafted in Second and Third Rounds
June 5-6, 2008
LONG BEACH-- Long Beach State Baseball saw a record 11 players drafted in the 2008 Amateur Draft headlined by second round picks Shane Peterson and Bryan Shaw. In the first seven rounds, the Dirtbags had eight players drafted, six which came to LBSU undrafted and another, Andrew Liebel, who went from a 47th round pick in 2004 to an All-American and one of three third round picks for LBSU in 2008.
On day two, LBSU saw four more players drafted, including three seniors--senior outfielder Jason Corder (seventh round), senior catcher Travis Howell (18th), junior reliever Nick Vincent (18th) and senior infielder Jason Tweedy (20th).
Peterson (Temecula), was the first of seven players drafted on day one, going in the second round to the St. Louis Cardinals. The 53rd overall pick was the first of five players drafted in the second and third rounds on day one. Peterson was undrafted as a freshman, as was Shaw (Pleasanton), who was a second round pick (73rd overall) of the Diamondbacks.
The Dirtbag program had 10 players drafted in 1992, and nine in 1991 and 1997. Each of those years featured at least two future Major Leaguers.
Starting with Shaw, four players went over a span of 29 picks, the rest in the third round--shortstop Danny Espinosa (Santa Ana), who went to Washington (87th overall); Blue Jay pickup and Big West Pitcher of the Year RHP Andrew Liebel (Pomona) and fellow weekend starter and RHP Vance Worley, who went to the Phillies (102nd overall). Worley was a 20th round selection following his final prep season.
The five drafted players through the first three rounds was also a school-record.
RHP reliever David Roberts (Renton, WA) was selected in the fourth round (141st overall) to the Indians, while RHP Brett Lorin (Laguna Niguel) finished off the draft's first day going in the fifth round (162nd overall) to the Mariners.
Corder (Mission Viejo) was the first player drafted on day two, in the seventh round to the Rays. Howell improved 25 rounds to the 18th round, going to the Mariners, while Vincent went three picks later to the Padres. Jason Tweedy finished off the draft for LBSU as a 20th round pick of the Rays.
"It was a fun process, and obviously I am happy at where I have ended up," said Peterson. "I'm glad to get it behind me and now go out and play."
Peterson, a third team All-American and first team Academic All-American, batted .390 as a junior and hit .352 in three varsity seasons. Shaw, whose ERA of 2.20 ranks second all-time, compiled 23 saves and a 9-5 record over 80 relief appearances. Espinosa, who continues a long line of Dirtbag shortstops getting drafted, batted .303 over 168 games. Liebel went 19-4 over 75 appearances and 21 starts, reaching the seventh in 20 of those starts, posting a career ERA of 2.69 over 261.0 innings. The second team All-American went 8-4 with a 2.22 ERA this past season. Worley finished his career 7-4 this season with a 4.27 ERA and 12-13 overall with a 3.98 ERA. Roberts went 7-2 witha 3.20 ERA over two relief seasons, compiling 54 career games. Lorin went 5-3 with a 2.61 ERA over 15 appearances and eight starts in his only season for LBSU.
Corder hit 20 home runs over two seasons for LBSU after transferring from Cal. Howell, a 2007 first team All-Big West pick, batted .267 in two seasons, throwing out 43 percent of runners over two seasons. Vincent, a junior college transfer, was 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 26 relief appearances in 2008 for LBSU. Tweedy hit .269 in two seasons, batting .306 as the team's second baseman in 2008.
DIRTBAGS IN THE 2008 DRAFT