June 6, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. - Day two of the 2008 MLB Draft saw seven players taken with ties to the University of Louisville baseball team.
Cardinal seniors B.J. Rosenberg, Zack Pitts, Derrick Alfonso and Justin McClanahan along with signees Layton Hiller, Keith Landers and Tony Zych all had their names called by big league clubs on Friday. In the past two seasons the Cardinals have seen 17 players have their name called during the two-day event.
A senior tri-captain, Rosenberg was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 24th pick of the 13th round, 406th overall.
A Third Team All-BIG EAST selection from Vine Grove, Kentucky, Rosenberg finished his Cardinal career with the school record in starts (47), tied for 6th in career appearances (73), 3rd in innings (306.2), 6th in strikeouts (187), tied for 3rd in wins (18) and tied for 7th with nine saves. He is tied for 4th on the single season save list with his nine on the 2008 season.
He was on the mound and recorded the final out of the 2008 BIG EAST Championship game, striking out then final batter to clinch the first conference championship in school history.
Hiller was picked by the Atlanta Braves with the 18th pick of the 15th round, the 460th pick of the draft.
The sophomore outfielder played 49 games for Blinn College last season, posting a .393 batting average with 12 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBI to lead the team in all four categories.
Landers, a 6-7 left-handed pitcher from St. Peter Marian Central HS in Massachusetts had his name called by the Baltimore Orioles in the 18th round, overall pick #536.
A two-time Telegram & Gazette Super Team selection, he boasted a 1.97 ERA last year as the No. 1 pitcher for the Guardians. He was 5-1 during his sophomore campaign, with a 0.92 ERA as St. Peter-Marian reached the Division 1 quarterfinal.
Pitts, the 2007 BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-BIG EAST selection, finished his career as a Cardinal with 36 starts (T5th), 233.2 IP (10th), 187 K's (8th), a 4.01 ERA (9th) and 17 wins (T4th).
In the 26th round of the draft, the Milwaukee Brewers grabbed Alfonso with the 16th pick(788 overall). The third of the three tri-captains to be drafted, the senior catcher from Bowling Green, Kentucky homered in his final collegiate at bat and completed his career having been hit by a pitch 23 times, tied for 8th on the career list.
He threw out a staggering 20 of 32 baserunners during the 2008 season, and 47.7% of baserunners during his four-year career
McClanahan, a Third Team All-BIG EAST, and All Tournament selection was Toronto's 17th pick of the 33rd round(999th overall).
McClanahan, a senior second baseman, finished one off the single season doubles record with 26, and tied for 6th with 97 hits. He finished the season batting a team-best .372 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI, also leading the team with 17 stolen bases.
Zych, got the call from his hometown Chicago Cubs with the 17th pick of the 46th round(1386 overall).
The two-way player is rated as the top infielder and the fourth-best prep baseball player in the state of Illinois by Prep Baseball Report. An All-State, All-Area and All-League selection after hitting .416 with 14 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 41 RBI and 33 runs offensively and posting a 9-4 record with a 2.19 ERA and 85 strikeouts in just 67.1 innings his junior season.
The signees, joined by Jake Odorizzi - the 32nd overall pick in the draft by the Brewers on Thursday and sophomore Chris Dominguez who was picked in the 5th round by the Colorado Rockies, have the option of signing a pro contract before August 15 or playing for Louisville.
The Cards have consecutive seasons of 40 or more wins and have advanced to an NCAA Regional in each of the first two seasons of Head Coach Dan McDonnell's tenure.