Several local baseball players were selected on the third day of major league baseball's amateur draft Wednesday, starting with former Mount St. Joseph standout Ryan Kemp. The St. Joseph's University reliever was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 14th round with the 445th overall pick.
The junior closer made 25 appearances this season for the Hawks, posting a 1-2 record with a 3.14 ERA. He struck out 42 batters and walked just 12 en route to four saves. Opposing hitters managed a .198 batting average against Kemp, a Columbia native.
Frostburg State senior pitcher Greg Ross made history by being selected in the 18th round (566th overall pick) by the Atlanta Braves. Ross, a Loch Raven graduate, is the first Frostburg player to be drafted in 33 years.
Ross went 11-2 with a 1.49 ERA for the Bobcats. In 902/3 innings, he struck out 112 while walking 35. He also held opposing hitters to a .196 batting average and pitched two complete games.
In the 19th round, the Oakland Athletics picked up Maryland senior pitcher Eric Potter with the 586th pick of the draft.
Potter, a 6-foot-4 lefty from Arundel, appeared in 18 games -- starting 11 -- for the Terrapins, earning a 3-7 record with a 4.80 ERA.
Towson University pitcher Charles Cononie went in the 24th round to the Tampa Bay Rays, while George Washington pitcher and Calvert Hall grad Bobby Lucas was taken in the 27th round by the Washington Nationals. Both Cononie and Lucas were seniors.
Former Parkville standout Kevin Jacob, who played his college ball at Georgia Tech, was nabbed by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 31st round. Maryland junior shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez went 21 picks later to the Milwaukee Brewers in the 32nd round.
The Orioles picked up Terps junior pitcher and Severn grad Sander Beck in the 33rd round.
Former Fallston standout Mike Thomas, who plays at Rider, went in the 35th round to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Matt Marquis became the fourth Maryland player drafted when the Boston Red Sox picked him in the 41st round.
The Orioles closed their draft by selecting Brendan Butler, a first baseman from Bel Air who played at John Carroll, in the 50th round.
"He has a tremendous work ethic and amazing speed -- he ran a 6.5[-second] 60-yard dash," John Carroll coach Joe Stetka said of Butler, who is committed to Towson. "He can play third or first, he's got great hands and footwork. Somebody is not going to be disappointed in him no matter where they put him, whether it is the Orioles or Towson."
The Orioles had drafted Butler's John Carroll teammate, third baseman K.J. Hockaday, a day earlier.
"Two kids from the same high school, drafted by the same major league team, their hometown team -- I don't know what odds are, but it is remarkable," Stetka said. "I am just thrilled they have been drafted."
Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly contributed to this article.
Several local baseball players taken on third day of MLB draft
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