A record-tying four Coyotes received “the call” Wednesday from Major League Baseball organizations as the 2012 MLB Draft came to a close.
Seniors Paul Eshleman (catcher) and Casey McCarthy (pitcher), and juniors Ethan Chapman (outfield) and Mike Mudron (pitcher) were selected on the third and final day of the draft.
“We’re always happy that our program’s talent is recognized by Major League Baseball,” Coyotes head coach Don Parnell said. “It’s a dream come true for them and we’re proud that they’ll have the chance to play pro ball. But it comes with a double-edged sword, as both Ethan and Mike have eligibility remaining. It’s the nature of college baseball.”
Eshleman, who played one season with CSUSB, after three years at the University of Oregon, was selected in Round 23 by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Yucaipa native hit .310 for the Coyotes and earned All-CCAA and West Region honors. He also was honored by West Region coaches with the ABCA/West Region Gold Glove.
“One of the benefits that Paul got this season was the chance to play everyday,” Parnell said. “He got better and better each day. He’ll have the best arm in the entire Brewers organization at his position.”
McCarthy was selected by the Miami Marlins in Round 28. The Valencia native stepped into the ace position for the Coyotes and finished with a 5-5 record and 3.84 ERA. He threw 93.2 innings — seventh best in school history — with 58 strikeouts and two complete games.
“Casey really showed that good things come from hard work and it’s paid off for him,” Parnell said. “He goes about his business. He showed it on the field and in his studies and when it all comes together is a good thing.”
Chapman was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in Round 30. The Upland junior set a school record for triples in a season (six) and career (12). He hit .330 and earned All-CCAA and West Region honors and joined Eshleman as a West Region Gold Glove recipient with a 1.000 fielding percentage at his center field position.
“Ethan made himself into someone who I could see as a big leaguer,” Parnell said. “He’s got certain intangibles that you can’t teach. He’s worked hard from the get-go and no one will hard harder. His work ethic will give him every opportunity to succeed.”
Mudron made the most of his one season with the Coyotes as he was selected by the Washington Nationals in Round 32. The Riverside left-hander was 6-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 59 innings. He allowed the opposition to hit just .219 and did not allow a home run.
“We knew Mike had that kind of stuff to have the season that he had,” Parnell said. “He played a pivotal role in our success this season.”
The Coyotes led the CCAA in draft selections. Cal State L.A. had two, while Cal State Dominguez Hills, Sonoma State, Cal State Stanislaus and Cal Poly Pomona each had one.
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