Local NY/NJ Baseball Players Harrison Bader, Mariano Rivera Jr. Feel the Draft

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Local NY/NJ Baseball Players Harrison Bader, Mariano Rivera Jr. Feel the Draft

When it comes to major league baseball organizations looking to add talent through the June amateur draft, the New York/New Jersey area isn’t the first place that comes to mind because the inclement weather limits playing time.

But there have been a few notables that have come out of NY/NJ in recent years to make an impact at the major league level. For instance, the Yankees Dellin Betances (‘06/Grand Street Campus HS) and Pittsburg Pirates Pedro Alvarez (‘08/Horace Mann HS, Vanderbilt University) are two NY players who’ve performed well for their respective teams.

And who can forget mega superstar Mike Trout (Millville Senior HS in Millville, N.J.), whom the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim picked in the 1st round (25th overall) of the 2009 amateur draft?

This season, various major league clubs have drafted a number of NY/NJ area players in the first few rounds, given them a chance to climb the minor league ranks, hoping to one day make “The Show.”

The highest selected area player, Harrison Bader, a former Horace Mann HS standout and Bronxville native, was plucked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round, 100th overall, out of the University of Florida.

Bader and the Gators are headed to Omaha for the College World Series before he starts his pro career. The 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder is hitting .292 and is second on the squad with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. He’s also displayed a stellar glove, not committing an error all season.

The Washington Nationals chose a familiar name in the fourth round (144th overall), Mariano Rivera Jr., son of legendary Yankee closer Mariano Rivera.

Mariano Rivera Jr. in Iona College Baseball Photo.

Mariano Rivera Jr. in Iona College Baseball Photo.

The former Iona College pitcher went 5-7 with a 2.65 ERA and struck out a school-record 113 batters over 85 innings. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MACC) named him the 2015 Pitcher of the Year.

Last season, the Yankees used their 29th round pick on the 5-11, 155 pound hard-throwing right-hander, but he decided to return to Iona for his senior campaign.

The Twins grabbed University of Maryland southpaw Alex Robinson, from Hewlett, L.I., in the fifth round (140th overall). Robinson posted a 1.63 ERA in 27.2 innings of work for the Terps in 2015.

The Brewers selected former Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) star George Iskenderian from the University of Miami in the seventh round (211th overall). The junior third baseman has helped the Hurricanes reach the College World Series, slugging a club-high .367 with 55 RBI and 14 doubles.

 

About the author

Jerry Del Priore is a veteran freelance sports writer from Brooklyn, New York, who covers a variety of professional, college and high school sports for a number of print and digital publications. In addition, Del Priore is the author of Running Through Roadblocks: Inspirational Stories of Twenty Courageous Athletic Warriors, available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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