DBP's Burns among five NJ stars drafted
Five players, including three high-school pitchers, from the Garden State were selected on Wednesday during the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Draft.
Former Manalapan standout and current Seton Hall junior Ryan Harvey was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 18th round. The 6-2, 215-pound right-hander finished 6-4 for the Pirates this season with a 3.04 ERA. He struck out 90, walked 43 and allowed 65 hits over 77 innings.
Barnegat’s Mark McCoy, a left-hander who is committed to Wake Forest, was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round. McCoy is an extremely athletic 5-11, 184-pound senior who went 4-3 this spring and is armed with a fastball that hovers in the high 80s.
The Brewers must have liked what they saw in New Jersey this season because Milwaukee grabbed Don Bosco Prep ace Tommy Burns in the 34th round. The 6-1, 180-pound right-hander, who is heading to national junior college power Howard of Texas, has been nothing short of stellar for the Ironmen, crafting a 9-1 mark. Burns is expected to be on the hill Saturday at 2 p.m.when Don Bosco (26-3), No. 1 in the MSG Varsity New Jersey Top 15, meets Gloucester Catholic for the NJSIAA Non-Public A state championship at Toms River North.
The Cincinnati Reds chose Mike Sheppard III of Seton Hall Prep in the 35th round. The 5-11, 174-pound right-hander was 7-3 with 55 strikeouts in 42 innings.
Hopewell Valley’s Kevin Bradley, a 6-0, 180-pound switch-hitter senior shortstop, went to the Colorado Rockies in the 36th round.
Gregg Lerner covers baseball for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @gregglerner