Midsummer Dirtbags Update
Long Beach State has six summer league all-stars; sees four former players sign MLB contracts.
July 17, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Halfway through the summer, collegiate summer baseball leagues have announced their all-star teams, and the MLB Draft signing date has passed, as all four Dirtbags that were drafted have signed.
Shane Carle, Jeff McNeil, Jon Maciel and Juan Avila, the four players from the 2013 Dirtbags squad that were picked in the 2013 MLB Draft have all chosen to proceed with their professional careers, each signing with the club that drafted them. In the process, Carle, McNeil and Maciel will each pass up on a final year of eligibility, while Avila, a senior, will also immediately join the Miami Marlins organization, who drafted the third baseman in the 20th round. Carle was the first player drafted from the Dirtbags, selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round, while Jeff McNeil signed with the New York Mets after getting picked in the 12th round, and Jon Maciel was an 18th round pick of the Detroit Tigers. Maciel and Carle have both reported to the short-season New York-Penn League, while McNeil and Avila are each playing rookie ball.
Among recruits with Long Beach State ties, Jason Martin was the first player drafted, picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 8th Round, and the outfielder from Orange Lutheran elected to go to pro baseball. Also signing a professional contract was pitcher Matt Ball. Coming out of Bonita Vista HS, Ball was selected in the 11th round by the Chicago White Sox, and signed with the club.
The Dirtbags will welcome one top recruit that was drafted in 2014 however, as shortstop Garrett Hampson did not sign with the Washington Nationals. The No. 84 prospect in the draft as rated by Baseball America, Hampson will join the rest of the 2014 recruiting class on campus this fall.
In other news regarding current players, many members of Long Beach State's team are having outstanding summers with their summer clubs. In the Northwoods League, the Dirtbags had two players make the All-Star team, as both outfielder Johnny Bekakis and pitcher Josh Frye garnered the honor. Bekakis is leading the La Crosse Loggers with 35 RBI, and has five home runs, while Frye has 53 strikeouts in eight starts for the Loggers.
Three Dirtbags also earned All-Star selections in the West Coast League, as pitchers Nick Sabo and Ty Provencher each were picked, as was shortstop Alex DeGoti. Senior pitcher Nick Rosetta is also having an outstanding summer, earning All-Star honors in the Texas Collegiate League after leading the league in ERA, posting a 4-1 record with a 1.48 ERA in five starts with 26 strikeouts and 13 walks.
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