FRIDAY, JUNE 08, 2007
Clifford and Davis selected in second day of the 2007 MLB Draft
June 8, 2007
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Senior left fielder Pete Clifford was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 20th round with the 613th overall pick and junior pitcher Matt Davis was taken by the Los Angeles Angels in the 30th round with the 928th pick of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Dolphins also had two players from their 2007 signing class selected in the final day of the draft. Infielder Glen Johnson (Hobe Sound, Fla.), the son of former major leaguer Howard Johnson, was selected by the New York Mets in the 36th round with the 1106th pick. Pitcher Sean Green (Chesterton, Ind.) was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 42nd round with the 1244th pick.
"We are always proud to have players selected in the draft," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Pete has proven that he can put up big numbers and now he gets a chance to continue his career at the next level. Matt will have to decide whether he wants to stay or begin his career and I know he will make the right decision.
A first team all-conference honoree for the second consecutive season, Clifford continued JU's tradition of producing the A-Sun "Player of the Year" after Murphy received the honor in 2006. He also becomes the third Dolphin to receive the accolade after Chad Hauseman earned the honor in 2003.
Clifford, who led the squad in 13 offensive categories, finished the regular season leading the A-Sun in RBI (53), total bases (127) and walks (39). He also became the first Dolphin to earn A-Sun "Player of the Week" accolades three times in a season since Hauseman accomplished the feat during the 2003 season. On March 12, Clifford also joined Hauseman (April 7 & 14, 2003) as the first A-Sun player to win the award in consecutive weeks.
In the JU program record book, Clifford ranks second with 295 hits and 63 doubles, third with 191 runs and 457 total bases, tied for fourth with 118 walks and seventh with 29 home runs.
Davis enjoyed his best season in a Dolphin uniform despite sitting out the first 23 games of the season due to elbow surgery. After spending the end of 2006 and most of 2007 as the squad's closer, Davis notched 13 saves to tie for second in the program record book with former All-American Casey Shumacher. His biggest saves came in the Dolphins' win over Sacred Heart in the 2006 NCAA Regionals and in a 5-3 win over No. 1 Florida State this season.
At the end of the year, Davis was moved to the starting rotation where he flourished in only five starts. During that span, he finished 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA, 21 strikeouts and a .252 opponent batting average in 33 innings. Among his starts, Davis notched his first career complete game with an 8-4 win over East Tennessee State and started the Dolphins' run in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament after allowing only one run in eight innings against host Stetson.
In JU program history, Clifford and Davis become the 94th players to be drafted by the professional ranks, including nine that have reached the majors. RHP Juan Padilla of the New York Mets, who is currently on the 60-day disabled list, is the only former Dolphin to be on a major league roster in 2007.