Twenty-Three BIG EAST Players Selected on Second Day of MLB First-Year Player Draft

After a record-setting first day with three BIG EAST players being selected in the first round, 23 more players were taken in the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Through two days, the BIG EAST has had 26 players selected. The most BIG EAST players taken in one draft was 35 last year. The MLB First-Year Player Draft will conclude on Wednesday with rounds 31-50.
 
Connecticut had six players selected on the second day, including shortstop Nick Ahmed, who was the highest BIG EAST player drafted on day two with the 85th overall pick to the Atlanta Braves. Outfielder John Andreoli was taken in the 17th round with the 519th pick by the Chicago Cubs, while lefthander Greg Nappo was taken in the 18th round by the Florida Marlins. Nappo was the Clemson Regional MVP. Closer Kevin Vance was taken in the 19th round by the Chicago White Sox, first baseman Mike Nemeth was drafted in the 21st round by the Milwaukee Brewers and reliever David Fischer was selected in the 30th round by the San Francisco Giants.
 
USF also five players drafted including four pitchers in righthanders Kevin Quackenbush, Jim Moran and Randy Fontanez, and lefty Junior Carlin. Quackenbush, who finished his career with 11 saves in BIG EAST play, was taken in the eighth round by the San Diego Padres, while Moran was selected in the 18th round by the Cincinnati Reds. Carlin went in the 20th round to the Los Angeles Angels and Fontanez was taken in the 27th round by the New York Mets. Infielder Jonathan Koscso was selected in the 29th round by the Tampa Bay Rays
 
Louisville had three players taken on day two, with righthander Tony Zych going in the fourth round to the Chicago Cubs, second baseman Ryan Wright selected in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Reds and righthander Derek Self taken in the 27th round by the Oakland Athletics. Pittsburgh had two players drafted on the second day. Catcher Kevan Smith and reliever Ray Black were taken just six picks apart in the seventh round, with Smith going 231st overall to the Chicago White Sox and Black going 237th overall to the San Francisco Giants.
 
Other BIG EAST selections included Villanova righthander Kyle McMyne (fourth round), Notre Dame righthander Brian Dupra (seventh round), Cincinnati righthander Dan Jensen (20th round), Seton Hall righthander Joe DiRocco (21st round), Georgetown catcher Erick Fernandez (25th round), St. John's first baseman Paul Karmas (25th round) and West Virginia shortstop Grant Buckner (26th round).
 
Rd/Pk.       Player, Position, School                 Team
1/11           George Springer, OF, Connecticut     Houston Astros
1/19           Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut          Boston Red Sox
1/29           Joe Panik, SS, St. John's                    San Francisco Giants
2/85           Nick Ahmed, SS, Connecticut            Atlanta Braves
4/129         Tony Zych, RHP, Louisville                 Chicago Cubs
4/145         Kyle McMyne, RHP, Villanova              Cincinnati Reds
5/175         Ryan Wright, 2B, Louisville                Cincinnati Reds
7/217         Brian Dupra, RHP, Notre Dame          Washington Nationals
7/231         Kevan Smith, C, Pittsburgh               Chicago White Sox
7/237         Raymond Black, RHP, Pittsburgh       San Francisco Giants
8/263         Kevin Quackenbush, RHP, USF          San Diego Padres
17/519       John Andreoli, OF, Connecticut         Chicago Cubs
18/553       Greg Nappo, LHP, Connecticut          Florida Marlins
18/565       Jim Moran, RHP, USF                         Cincinnati Reds
19/591       Kevin Vance, RHP, Connecticut         Chicago White Sox
20/615       Junior Carlin, LHP, USF                       Los Angeles Angels
20/625       Dan Jensen, RHP, Cincinnati              Cincinnati Reds
21/633       Joe DiRocco, RHP, Seton Hall             Seattle Mariners
21/641       Mike Nemeth, 1B, Connecticut          Milwaukee Brewers
25/757       Erick Fernandez, C, Georgetown       Washington Nationals
25/773       Paul Karmas, 1B, St. John's               San Diego Padres
26/801       Grant Buckner, SS, West Virginia       Chicago White Sox
27/822       Randy Fontanez, RHP, USF                New York Mets
27/826       Derek Self, RHP, Louisville                 Oakland Athletics
29/900       Jonathan Koscso, IF, USF                  Tampa Bay Rays
30/927       David Fischer, RHP, Connecticut        San Francisco Giants