06/11/2015 1:35 PM
The Blazers organization is proud to announce that four Blazer players have been selected in the recent 2015 MLB draft. The first being outfielder Donnie Dewees of the Palm Beach Blazers from the University of North Florida who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2nd round. This past spring he went on to lead all NCAA Division 1 baseball in hits (106), runs scored (88), slugging percentage (.749) and total bases (188). He also hit .422 which was second highest in all of NCAA D1. Donnie is also a semi finalist in the prestigious Golden Spikes Award which is given to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Notable players who have won this award have been Bryce Harper, Stephen Stroudsburg and Buster Posey.
The second player to be drafted was pitcher Chase Ingram of the Delray Beach Lightning from Hillsborough C.C. by the New York Mets in the 6th round. The Pittsburg University commit put up outstanding numbers this past spring he threw 100.1 innings with a 1.88 ERA, 120 strikeouts and boasted an 11-1 record.
The next player taken was Cedric Mullins of Campbell University in the 13th round by the Baltimore Orioles. The switch hitting centerfielder from Snellville, GA hit a team leading .340 with 59 runs and 34 extra base hits. Mullins also stole 23 bases and was named Second Team Atlantic All-Region and Second Team All-Big South.
Marcus Crescentini, the 6'5 230 pound RHP from Missouri Baptist University was the last player taken for the Blazers as the Los Angeles Dodgers selected him in the 26th round. Marcus reached velocities of 96 MPH while pitching as the Blazers closer. This spring at Missouri Baptist he posted a 0.93 ERA in 29 innings with 58 strikeouts and 12 saves.
The South Florida Collegiate League as a whole had 18 players selected by Major League teams in the 2015 MLB Draft.
While being able to find some early success as a young summer league the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League is still continuing to grow and build on this foundation. It is this drive and commitment for competitive greatness shared by the owners, coaches and players past and present that continues to drive this league to the top of its class. We are excited to see what the future holds for new players coming into the South Florida Collegiate League as well its alumni as we continue to follow them through their careers with their respective major league organizations.