TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, 2006
Baseball sets "Scout Day" for Oct. 5
Sept. 5, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU baseball team will invite Major League baseball scouts to Alexander Brest Field on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. for their annual "Scout Day," it was announced by the coaching staff on Tuesday.
The event will give professional scouts a first look at potential draft prospects on the roster during collegiate baseball's offseason.
JU, which won its first Atlantic Sun Conference title and reached the NCAA Regionals last season, has seen 93 players taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft since the program began in 1957. Over the summer, junior third baseman Daniel Murphy became the highest Dolphin drafted (13th round) since JU joined the A-Sun Conference in 1998 and is only the second Dolphin (Chad Oliva - Philadelphia Phillies, 18th round, 2002) to be selected prior to the 20th round.
Among the Dolphins who will be getting a major look in 2007 will be senior outfielder Pete Clifford, who was a major piece to the Santa Barbara Foresters' run to the 2006 National Baseball Congress National Championship over the summer. During the season, he led the squad with five triples, six home runs, 50 RBI, a .632 slugging percentage and did not commit an error in the field in 44 games. He was second with 18 doubles and fifth with a .335 batting average, while also leading the Foresters to a league-best 25-11 record in the California Collegiate League. The squad would go on to finish 50-11 overall as they defeated the Derby Twins, 8-7, in the NBC national title game on Aug. 12 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan.