60 Valley Leaguers Selected by Major League Teams

6/12/2006 – Valley League News

Valley Baseball League News Major League Baseball teams selected 57 former and current Valley Baseball League players during the 2006 amateur draft held on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition, three players signed contracts prior to the draft. Headlining the 2006 VBL draft class was Chris Perez of the University of Miami. The 2004 Staunton Brave was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the supplemental first round. In fact, St. Louis picked three of the first four Valley Leaguers to be drafted, including Jon Jay out of Miami in the second round and Tyler Norrick (Southern Illinois) in the sixth. Jay was also a Staunton Brave while Norrick played for the Harrisonburg Turks, as did the third VBL pick, Scott Cousins (San Francisco) who was chosen by the Florida Marlins. National League teams selected 36 VBL players, led by the Reds with five. The Cardinals and New York Mets followed with four each. Twenty-one players were chosen by American League teams with the Toronto Blue Jays taking four and the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners picking three apiece. Staunton and Luray led the way with eight players each selected in the draft. Covington and New Market were right behind with seven. Valley League Selections in 2006 MLB Draft Name, College, Round (VBL team and year) MLB Team Chris Perez, Miami, Supplemental first round (Staunton 2004) Cardinals Jon Jay, Miami, second round (Staunton, 2004) Cardinals Scott Cousins, San Francisco, third round (Harrisonburg, 2005) Marlins Tyler Norrick, Southern Illinois, sixth round (Harrisonburg), Cardinals Tim Norton, UConn, seventh round (New Market) Yankees Will Harris, LSU, ninth round (Staunton) Rockies Bridger Hunt, Central Missouri State, ninth round, (Staunton) Dodgers John Raynor, UNC Wilmington, ninth round (New Market) Marlins Brian Bocock, Stetson, ninth round (Luray) Giants Sam Walls, N.C. State, 10th round (Covington) Phillies Kelly Edmundson, Tennessee, 11th round (Woodstock) Indians Stephen Faris, Clemson, 12th round (New Market) Padres David Carpenter, West Virginia, 12th round (Covington) Cardinals Kevin Gunter, ODU, 13th round (Covington) Reds Matt Camp, N.C. State, 13th round (Covington) Cubs Danny Murphy, Jacksonville, 13th round (Luray) Mets Jeff Kindel, Ga. Tech, 14th round (Covington) Rockies Mike Ballard, Virginia, 14th round (Staunton) Rangers Matt Oxendine, North Florida, 15th round (New Market) Diamondbacks Chase Lirette, South Florida, 16th round (Woodstock) Blue Jays Patrick Nichols, ODU, 16th round (Front Royal) Nationals Tobi Stoner, Davis & Elkins, 16th round (Front Royal) Mets Nathan Nery, Stetson, 18th round (Luray) Orioles Mike Wagner, Washington State, 18th round, (Winchester) Rangers Kyle Walters, Bucknell, 18th round, (Winchester) Blue Jays Derrik Lutz, George Washington, 19th round (Front Royal) Reds Sean Jarrett, Oral Roberts, 20th round (Harrisonburg) Rockies Eddy Rodriguez, Miami, 20th round (Luray), Reds Enrique Garcia, Potomac State, 20th round (Winchester) Diamondbacks Michael Campbell, South Carolina, 20th round (Winchester) Padres Brad Mills, Arizona, 22nd round (Harrisonburg) Blue Jays Brian Aragon, N.C. State, 22nd round (Luray) Yankees Aubrey Miller, Arkansas Tech, 23rd round (Waynesboro) Orioles Adam Calderone, Florida Southern, 23rd round (Woodstock) Blue Jays Scott Massey, Southern Miss, 24th round (Waynesboro) Pirates Brian Baisley, South Florida, 24th round (Staunton) Yankees Joseph Hunter, Mississippi State, 25th round (Woodstock) White Sox Michael Cooper, California, 26th round (Harrisonburg) Cubs Brett Logan, Hosuton, 26th round (Woodstock), Nationals Ryne Reynoso, Boston College, 26th round (Waynesboro) Braves Tim Haines, UT-Pan American, 27th round (Staunton), Mets Brantley New, Mercer, 27th round, (Staunton), Red Sox Greg Nesbitt, JMU, 29th round (Harrisonburg) Mariners Lee Tabor, Francis Marion, 30th round (New Market 2005) Reds Zach Baldwin, W.Va. St., 31st round (Front Royal) Nationals Jon Kirby, Lee, 31st round (Luray) Padres Joe Agreste, Potomac State, 32nd round (Winchester) Mariners Chris Siewert, Tennessee, 33rd round (New Market) Giants Stan Posluszny, West Virginia 34th round (Luray) Mariners Nick Wandless, USC-Aiken, 36th round (Front Royal), Reds Edgar Ramirez, LSU, 36th round (Waynesboro) Mets Alex Fonseca, Florida Atlantic, 36th round (New Market) Angels Dana Arrowood, ODU, 38th round (Front Royal) Tigers Tom Hagan, Virginia, 39th round (Covington) Pirates Chris Dennis, Auburn, 40th round (Winchester). Rangers Michael Cowgill, 40th round (Covington) Twins Michael Solbach, Liberty, 48th round (Luray) Diamondbacks Fifth-Year Seniors who signed before the draft Quinn Stewart, LSU, (Staunton, 2004) Devil Rays Rowdy Hardy, Austin Peay (Staunton, 2004) Royals Tim Gudex, Iowa (Harrisonburg), Cubs