Junior Matt Duffy leads three third day selections in MLB Draft
June 6, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - In the final day of the 2012 MLB Draft, Long Beach State had three players selected, led by junior shortstop Matt Duffy who was selected 568th overall in the 18th round by the San Francisco Giants.
Duffy had a tremendous season in the Cape Cod League last summer, hitting .348 and finishing third in the league in hitting, while making an All-Star appearance. That put him on the radar of scouts, and Duffy then started 54 games for the Dirtbags, finishing the season with 25 walks, 22 RBI and seven doubles.
Also selected by the Giants, picked in the 22nd round (688 overall), was senior center fielder Brennan Metzger. Metzger was a first-team All-Big West outfielder this season after leading the Dirtbags in multiple categories, including batting average (.302), doubles (12), RBI (37), and stolen bases (11).
The third Dirtbag selected on day three was starting pitcher, Shawn Stuart, chosen in the 31st round by the Colorado Rockies (948 overall). Stuart was selected as a second-team All-Big West starting pitcher after posting a 7-1 record with a 2.44 ERA over 92.1 innings pitched. He also led the Dirtbags in strikeouts and innings pitched.
The three selections continues Long Beach State's streak of consecutive drafts with a player selected to 23, every year since the hiring of Dave Snow and the beginning of the "Dirtbag" era in 1989. The three selections were the fewest since the 2000 season.
Long Beach State had two recruits picked in the draft as well; RHP Ryan McNeil was selected in the third round by the Cubs, while RHP David Hill was picked in the 17th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.