MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2008
Baseball sets Scout Day for Oct. 15
The JU baseball team will invite Major League scouts to Johns Sessions Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. for their annual “Scout Day.” The event will give professional scouts a first look at potential draft prospects on the roster during collegiate baseball’s offseason.
JU has had 94 players taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft since the program began in 1957. Among those players, nine have reached the major leagues including three in the last five years. The latest to reach the show, Daniel Murphy (2004-06) batted .313 with 41 hits, nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 17 RBI in 49 games with the New York Mets in 2008.
Among the Dolphins who will be getting a major look in 2008 will be senior catcher Jeremy Gillan, who earned second team all-A-Sun honors after transferring from Indian River Community College. In his first year with the Dolphins, he led the squad with a .377 batting average, 83 hits, 10 doubles, nine home runs, 60 RBI, 120 total bases and a .545 slugging percentage.
Junior pitcher Andrew Carson will also be a hot commodity after leading the Santa Barbara Foresters to the 2008 National Baseball Congress National Championship over the summer. Andrew helped lead the Foresters to a 33-16 overall record and a league-best 19-11 mark in the California Collegiate League to win their 15th conference title. As the ace of the staff, Andrew went 4-0 with a 0.77 ERA while striking out 45 batters in 47 innings en route to CCL “Pitcher of the Year” honors.