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Twenty Current and Former Foresters Taken in 2014 MLB Draft

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Another successful MLB Draft concluded for the Santa Barbara Foresters Saturday evening, as a total of twenty current and former ‘Sters were selected by fourteen Major League teams. This follows the 2013 Draft in which eleven Santa Barbara players were taken, continuing the Foresters’ tradition as a pipeline to the pros.

Selected back-to-back in the fifth round were star pitchers Drew Van Orden and Tejay Antone, picked by the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds respectively. Van Orden led last year’s team with a 1.13 ERA and 72 strikeouts, good for second on the all-time Foresters list. Antone appeared in 20 games for the ‘Sters, dominating batters to the tune of a 1.75 ERA.

In the sixth round, the Chicago White Sox picked 2013 Foresters MVP Louie Lechich, and Austen Williams went to the Nationals. Lechich hit .326 last summer while leading the squad with 35 RBI.

From your current Foresters, four players were selected in the Draft. The Minnesota Twins picked Pat Kelly in the twelfth round while Matt Ditman was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifteenth, both players scheduled to come out to Santa Barbara later in the summer. Vance Vizcaino went to the Kansas City Royals in the twenty-ninth round and Coach Bill Pintard’s New York Yankees selected David Graybill in the thirty-third round.


Here is a complete list of the Foresters picked in the 2014 MLB Draft:

Round             Player                                     Team

5                      Drew Van Orden                   Washington Nationals

5                      Tejay Antone                          Cincinnati Reds

6                      Louie Lechich                         Chicago White Sox

6                      Austen Williams                    Washington Nationals

8                      Ryan O’Hearn                        Kansas City Royals

11                     Zach Fish                                Chicago White Sox

12                    Pat Kelly                                  Minnesota Twins

12                    Garrett Mattlage                    Detroit Tigers

13                    Joey Epperson                       San Diego Padres

13                    Austin Davidson                   Washington Nationals

15                    Matt Ditman                          St. Louis Cardinals

17                    Shane Hoelscher                  Colorado Rockies

19                    Parker French                       Detroit Tigers

19                    Aaron Bummer                     Chicago White Sox

22                   Patrick Weigel                       Milwaukee Brewers

24                   Vince Wheeland                    Houston Astros

25                   Tyler Pearson                         Chicago Cubs

29                   Vance Vizcaino                      Kansas City Royals

33                   David Graybill                        New York Yankees

38                   Colt Atwood                            Oakland Athletics

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