NEW YORK, NY-With over 720 alumni graduating to wear NCAA uniforms, for more than four decades, the South Troy Dodgers baseball program has been the place where promising high school baseball players from upstate New York have gone to develop into college players. Since 2000, it has also become the place where young professional careers are born with 16 players moving from South Troy to professional baseball during that time. 2014 was a banner year with five South Troy Dodger alums getting their Major League Draft call. A 2014 Dodger draft run-down can be found below
JEFF HOFFMAN, 1ST ROUND, TORONTO BLUE JAYS–Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (No. 9 overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft out of East Carolina Univeristy in Greenville, North Carolina… signed with the Blue Jays on July 2, 2014… ranked the No. 13 overall prospect in the Draft… became ECU’s highest draft pick in the four major American sports… named to Conference USA Second-Team in 2013… went 3-3 with a 2.94 ERA and 72 Ks in 2014.
BRANDEN COGSWELL, 7TH ROUND, OAKLAND A’s–After an All-American college career, Cogswell was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 7th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) where he helped lead the Cavaliers to the NCAA National Championship series.
DAVID ROSEBOOM. 17TH ROUND, NEW YORK METS–Originally drafted bythe Boston Red Sox in the 47th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from LaSalle Institute (Troy, NY), Roseboom was chosen by the New York Mets in the 17th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of South Carolina Upstate (Spartanburg, SC).
JP SPORTMAN, 27TH ROUND, OAKLAND A’s–Sportman was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 27th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from Central Connecticut State University (New Britain, CT).