Cason Sherrod, pitching for the Wilson Tobs in a Coastal Plain League game against Martinsville in Fleming Stadium on July 30, 2015, was drafted out of Texas A&M by the Kansas City Royals in the 13th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft earlier this week.
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By William Hibbard
Special to the Times
In 2017, the Wilson Tobs are continuing the tradition to turn the college stars of today into the professional stars of tomorrow. As the Tobs have multiple players on the watch to be signed by MLB organizations in 2017, let’s take a look back to eight past Tobs who got the chance to continue their dreams of playing Major League Baseball by being drafted this summer.
Cason Sherrod (Texas A&M/RHP)
For the Tobs in 2015, Sherrod went 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 241⁄3 innings pitched over 8 appearances. He struck out 22 batters while walking 13, and boasted a .175 batting average against. He was drafted in the 13th round (390th overall) by the Kansas City Royals this past week.
Alex Eubanks (Clemson/RHP)
As a Tob in 2015, Eubanks finished with a 5-3 record with a 3.40 ERA in 552⁄3 innings pitched. He finished 2015 with 39 strikeouts to just 12 walks, with opponents hitting just .264 against him. He was taken in the 14th round (434th overall) by the Texas Rangers.
Logan Baldwin (Georgia Southern/OF)
Last summer for the Tobs, Baldwin hit .316 with one home run and 25 runs batted in. He led the team in stolen bases by a wide margin, swiping 36 bags in only 44 tries. He also hit 13 doubles and 3 triples as a Tob. Baldwin was drafted in the 21st round (636th overall) by the San Francisco Giants.
Clark Scolamiero (North Greenville/CF)
As a Tob in 2015, Scolamiero, who played for the Wilmington Sharks in 2016, hit .296 while starting 52 games in center field. He hit one home run with 23 runs batted in, and stole 21 bases in 25 attempts. Scolamiero also recorded 70 total bases on the season and played in the CPL All-Star Game. Clark was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd round (672 overall) of this year’s draft.
Zack Mozingo (Mount Olive/RHP)
As a Tob in 2016, Mozingo went 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA through 26 innings pitched. Allowing just five earned runs on the season, he struck out 14 while walking 8, with opposing hitters hitting just .198 off of him. He was selected in the 23rd round (679th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Cam Balego (Mercyhurst/IF)
Last year in Wilson, Balego hit .328, a mark good for second on the team, with four home runs and 38 RBIs. Balego, who was picked for the Coastal Plain League East Division All-Star team, also hit 8 doubles, drew 27 walks and stole nine bases. He was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round (915th overall).
Carson Teel (Oklahoma State/LHP)
In 2015 for the Tobs, Teel finished with a record of 2-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 611⁄3 innings pitched. The southpaw, who was a CPL All-Star that summer, struck out 45 while walking only 14 in his 11 appearances, with opponents hitting just .246 off of him. He was taken in the 37th round (1,121st overall) by the Boston Red Sox.
Zack Kelly (Newberry/RHP)
For the Tobs in 2016, Kelly finished with a record of 2-3 and a 5.89 ERA over 441⁄3 innings pitched. He struck out 38 and walked 28 over the course of his 11 appearances, 8 of which games he started. Kelly has agreed to terms with the Oakland Athletics as an undrafted free agent.
There are four current team members who are on the radar to be signed as a compensatory pick or in the 2018 MLB Draft. Alex King, Saint Louis University; Roberto Rivera, UNC Pembroke; Marcello Betances, North Carolina A&T, and Shane Shepard, N.C. State.
In addition to these four current Tobs, Wilson assistant coach Durin O’Linger (Davidson College) will continue his pitching career as he has agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox as an undrafted free agent.
Will Hibbard is the director of media relations and broadcasting for the Wilson Tobs this summer. He is a 2014 graduate of Denison University.