9 from NH picked in MLB draft
June 12. 2016 12:51AM
Seven New Hampshire players were selected in the third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday. Two more were picked Friday for a total of nine overall.
Southern New Hampshire University left-handed pitcher Tim Viehoff was selected in the 12th round by the Seattle Mariners. He was the 357th overall pick. Viehoff, a senior from Derry and Pinkerton Academy, went 8-2 with a 2.19 ERA. He struck out 115 in 92 2/3 innings.
SNHU righty Justin Valdespina went in the 15th round, 440th overall, to the Colorado Rockies. Valdespina, of Garfield, N.J., went 10-3 for the Penmen this season with a 2.89 ERA. He struck out 91 in 81 innings pitched.
Portsmouth High School outfielder Kobie Taylor was selected in the 15th round by the Texas Rangers, The senior, who has committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt, was the 459th player taken. Taylor missed a month of his season when he broke his right thumb diving for a fly ball.
Franklin Pierce third baseman Jay Jabs was selected by the New York Mets in the 17th round with the 520th pick overall. Jabs, of Schwenksville, Pa., hit .352 this season with 14 home runs and 69 runs batted in.
SNHU shortstop Manny Cruz was picked in the 23rd round, 678th overall, by the Cincinnati Reds. Cruz, of Wolcott, Conn., hit .373 with a .487 on-base percentage for the Penmen this season. He hit three homers, drove in 39 runs and scored 68 times.
Franklin Pierce right-handed pitcher Paul Covelle, of Malden, Mass., was selected in the 27th round, 807th overall, by Seattle. Covelle started 15 games for the Ravens this season, going 10-2 with a 1.96 ERA, striking out 93 in 96 1/3 innings.
Dartmouth righty Michael Danielak went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 28th round with the 855th selection. Danielak, of Mount Prospect, Ill., went 2-3 with a 2.95 ERA for the Big Green this season. He struck out 43 batters in 39 2/3 innings.
On Friday, Dartmouth righty Duncan Robinson went in the ninth round, 284th overall, to the Chicago Cubs. Robinson, from Houston, had a 4-6 record and 3.28 ERA this season, leading the Ivy League with 73 strikeouts.
Keene State right-haned pitcher Cody Dube was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round, 301st overall. Dube, from Windham, Maine, had a 3-3 record with a 1.20 ERA. He struck out 84 batters in 67 2/3 innings.