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Local players taken in MLB Draft

(June 7, 2014)

Faulkner pitchers Jay Gause and Thomas Dorminy were both selected in the 10th round of Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft Friday, becoming the second and third Eagle players to go in the top 10 rounds in the past three years.

The Houston Astros took Gause with the first pick of the 10th round and 286th pick overall, while Dorminy went 12th in the round to the San Diego Padres. He was the 297th overall pick. The two join Corey Black, who was drafted in the fourth round two years ago by the New York Yankees, as Faulkner’s recent draftees. Since traded to the Cubs, Black was selected this week to the Southern League’s Class AA all-star team as a member of the Tennessee Smokies.

"This seems unprecedented for a program our size," said Faulkner head coach Patrick McCarthy, who guided his 2014 team to the NAIA World Series for the third time in the past four seasons. "It shows the stability of our program and shows what a great recruiter coach (Travis) Watson is. I’m really happy for both of these young men. They’ve worked hard and they deserve what’s come their way today."

Gause, a right-hander from Shallote, N.C., who came to Faulkner from Walters State Community College in Tennessee, was 4-3 on the season with a 2.17 ERA. He struck out 83 batters in 58 innings, including 16 in a complete-game shutout in the NAIA Opening Round tournament. A native of Lutz, Fla. the left-handed Dorminy arrived at Faulkner from Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. He was a sparkling 11-3 on the season with a 3.22 ERA, having struck out 131 batters in 109 innings of work.

Tide’s Turnbull, Moore selected

Alabama right handed pitcher Spencer Turnbull was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the second round of the 2014 First-Year Major League Baseball Draft. Turnbull, who was the 63rd selection overall, he is the first player from the 2014 Alabama NCAA Tournament team selected in this year’s draft.

As a junior, Turnbull finished the 2014 season with a 5-7 record with a 2.22 ERA. He had 61 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .192 batting average, allowing just 61 hits in a team-high 93.1 innings pitched.

In his three-year career at Alabama, Turnbull took the mound in 45 games including 40 times as a starter. He has a 3.54 career ERA after posting a 5.60 ERA as a freshman and a 3.70 ERA in 2013. Turnbull appeared in 236.1 innings, recording 157 strikeouts while allowing opponents to hit .245 against him.

Junior right fielder Ben Moore was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Major League Baseball Draft. Moore is the 254th overall selection in this year’s draft and was drafted as a catcher.

The Cullman native finished his junior season at Alabama second on the team with a .305 batting average. Moore also led the team with nine home runs and tied for the team lead with 39 RBI and 73 hits. His nine home runs were tied for the third most in the Southeastern Conference this season.

A 2014 second team All-Southeastern Conference honoree, Moore added 13 doubles and a triple for a .481 slugging percentage, while walking 18 times with eight hit by pitches to post a .367 on-base percentage. He was one of the toughest players in the country to strikeout, as he went down swinging just 16 times in 239 at-bats, for an average of one strikeout for every 15 at-bats. He also led the team with eight stolen bases.

Wetumpmka’s Roney selected in eighth round

Former Wetumpka pitcher Bradley Roney was picked in the eighth round by the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

Roney, who pitches for University of Southern Mississippi, was 2-0 this season with 1.24 ERA and 12 saves. He finished his career with 30 saves, which tied the USM record.

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