A pair of current Sedalia Bombers and several former Bombers were selected in the Major League Baseball first-year players’ draft. The two current players were picked by NL West rivals.
Pitcher Mark Reyes went to the San Fransisco Giants in the 22nd round with the 658th overall pick. Three rounds later, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected first baseman Matt Jones in the 25th round with pick No. 759.
Jones, out of Hutchinson Community College, is currently hitting .484 with two home runs and eight RBI.
“They’re going to get a big, physical first baseman with a lot of up-side,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “When he hits the ball, it goes. You get a good athlete. He’s a healthy kid whose body is not going to break down like some big guys.”
Kindle added that Jones’ talent is still somewhat raw. He signed with the University of Nebraska as a pitcher before an arm injury forced a move to first base.
Reyes, from Crowder Community College, has yet to appear for the Bombers this summer. He had a 2.20 ERA in 13 starts for Crowder with 81 strikeouts throwing a fastball that ranges from 88-91 m.p.h.
“What he has is a really good breaking ball, a really good changeup,” Kindle said. “He’s going to be a good signing for them.”
Three former Bombers were also drafted.
With the highest draft pick in Bombers history, Brett Graves went in the third round to the Oakland A’s with the 101st overall pick.
The right-handed pitcher from Missouri was 3-6 with a 3.87 ERA for the Tigers.
“He’s got really good stuff, 89-93, clocked at 95,” Kindle said. “He’s very projectable to be a big-league guy.”
Troy Stein went in the 10th round to the Colorado Rockies with the 293rd pick. The Texas A&M catcher played for the Bombers in 2011.
“(He’s a) very good defensive catcher,” Kindle said. “He’s a catch-throw guy. Defense-wise, you’re not going to find a better catcher than him.”
The Boston Red Sox drafted Michael Gunn in the 16th round with the 494th pick. The left-handed pitcher out of Arkansas had a 0.74 ERA for the Razorbacks in 28 games. He had seven saves.
“Gunn was a closer for us two years ago,” Kindle said. “He came in halfway through our season and really changed our season for us. You’re getting a lefty that’s a power arm.”
Another former Bomber, Oscar Sanay, signed with Tampa Bay following the draft. The all-time leader at Cal State-Bakersfield in hits and runs scored played second base for most of his college career before switching to shortstop this spring.
He hit .230 for the Bombers in 2011.
“He’s fast,” Kindle said. “He was really good at what he did.”
Kindle also said Sanay was the most polished former Bomber picked up by a Major League team this year.