WEDNESDAY, JUNE 07, 2006
Gordie Gronkowski selected in second day of the 2006 MLB Draft
June 7, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior first baseman Gordie Gronkowski was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 49th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.
Gronkowski joins Daniel Murphy (New York Mets - 13th round) as the only Dolphins to be drafted in 2006. Last year, RHP Neal Frontz was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 24th round with the 718th overall pick.
"Gordie has the size and frame to compete at the next level," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "He has been with our program for five years and he is going to be a hard player to replace next season."
Gronkowski led the squad with 10 home runs, 88 hits, 139 total bases, a .565 slugging percentage and a .448 on-base percentage in his senior season. He was named Atlantic Sun Conference Co-Player of the Week after batting .600 (6-10) with a double, a home run, five RBI and a 1.000 slugging percentage against Florida Atlantic. Along with his six hits, he also reached base in 14-of-18 at-bats due to six walks (two intentional) and two hit by pitches to have a .750 on-base percentage. Gronkowski also tallied a career-high 26-game hitting streak during the year in which he batted .377 (40-106) with eight doubles, four home runs, 23 RBI, 60 total bases, a .566 slugging percentage and .451 on-base percentage. The longest Dolphin hitting streak is held by Talmadge Nunnari, who hit safely in 27 consecutive games during the 1997 season.
As a freshman, he was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and earned 2003 A-Sun Freshman of the Year accolades after ranking second on the team with a .366 batting average, third with six home runs and led the team with 40 RBI.
In the JU career record books, Gronkowski is ninth with 26 home runs, eighth with 219 hits, ninth with 42 doubles and is tied for sixth with 343 total bases. He also ranks sixth in the JU single-season record book with 88 hits this season.
In JU program history, Gronkowski becomes the 93rd player to be drafted by the professional ranks, including nine that have reached the majors. RHP Nick Regilio of the Texas Rangers and RHP Juan Padilla of the New York Mets are the only former Dolphins to be on major league rosters in 2006.