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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Record 21 Mohawks Selected In 2019 Draft

By Jon Sargalis

The 2019 MLB Draft has concluded and a record 21 Mohawks were drafted. 2017 Mohawks outfielder Matt Gorski from Indiana was the first off the board as the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the second round. In total, 23 Mohawks were selected by MLB teams as Thomas Lane (2017-Boston College) and Tristen Carranza (2016-New Mexico State) signed free agent deals after the conclusion of the draft. Here's the rundown of all the players selected:

Rd. 2 - Matt Gorski (2017-Indiana), Pittsburgh Pirates

Matt Gorski played center field and first base for the Mohawks in 2017. In 23 games, he hit .347 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 12 RBI, 19 runs scored and stole 9 bases. At Indiana this season, Gorski hit .271 in 55 games, with 12 home runs, 13 doubles and 1 triple. He had 46 RBI, 58 runs scored and stole 18 bases.

Rd. 5 - Will Holland (2017-Auburn), Minnesota Twins

Will Holland was the Mohawks shortstop in 2017. He hit .299 in 32 games, with 4 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run. He drove in 13 runs and scored 25 while stealing 9 bases. At Auburn this season, Holland has played 62 games with a .249 batting average. He's hit 9 doubles and 9 home runs with 32 RBI, 47 runs scored and 14 stolen bases.

Rd. 6 - Andrew Saalfrank (2017-Indiana), Arizona DiamondBacks

Andrew Saalfrank was the Mohawks ace in 2017. The lefty was 7-0 with a 3.78 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched. He struck out 52 batters and allowed 19 walks. At Indiana, Saalfrank was named the BIG 10 Pitcher of the Year. He had an 8-1 record with a 2.84 ERA in 73 innings pitched and recorded 98 strikeouts to 26 walks.

Rd. 9 - Joe Genord (2016, 2018-South Florida), New York Mets

Joe Genord spent the summers of 2016 and 2018 with the Mohawks. The first basemen and catcher was named the 2016 PGCBL MVP. Including playoffs, Genord has played 97 games in a Mohawks uniform. His career average is .301 with 20 home runs, 26 doubles, 100 RBI and 67 runs scored. At USF this spring, Genord had a .333 average in 52 games. He hit 13 home runs and 14 doubles, driving in 52 runs and scoring 36.

Rd. 13 - Ben Anderson (2017-Binghamton), Texas Rangers

Shen grad Ben Anderson pitched for the Mohawks in 2017. Including playoffs, Anderson was 3-2 with a 4.47 ERA in 44.1 innings pitched. He made 11 appearences, started 6 games and recorded 41 strikeouts with 14 walks. At Binghamton, Anderson was 9-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 15 games. He threw 88 innings and recorded 108 strikeouts to 27 walks.

Rd. 14 - Eric Rivera (2017-Florida Atlantic), Toronto Blue Jays

Eric Rivera was the Mohawks center fielder in 2017. In a total of 46 games, Rivera hit .294 with 6 home runs, 12 doubles and 2 triples. He drove in 24 runs and scored 37 while stealing 9 bases. At Florida Atlantic this season, Rivera hit .332 in 62 games with 6 home runs and 9 triples. He had 48 RBI and 59 runs scored while stealing 11 bases. 

Rd. 17 - Morgan McSweeney (2017-Wake Forest), Baltimore Orioles

Morgan McSweeney pitched for the Mohawks in 2017. He went made 7 appearences and started 5 games. McSweeney had a 2-1 record with a 3.99 ERA in 29.1 innings pitched. He recorded 27 strikeouts and walked 11 batters. At Wake Forest this spring, McSweeney was 3-3 in in 14 games. He threw 50.2 innings and had a 7.64 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 36 walks.

Rd. 18 - Dustin Skelton (2017-Mississippi State), Miami Marlins

Dustin Skelton was the Mohawks catcher in 2017. In 29 games he hit .337 with 2 home runs, 5 doubles, 19 RBI and 22 runs scored. At Mississippi State, Skelton has played in 56 games this season with a .316 average. He's hit 10 home runs, 8 doubles and 2 triples while driving in 55 runs and scoring 37.   

Rd. 18 - Joe LaSorsa (2017-St. John’s), Tampa Bay Rays

Joe LaSorsa pitched for the Mohawks in 2017. He combined to go 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 8 starts. He pitched 43 innings and recorded 30 strikeouts with 16 walks. At St. John's, LaSorsa appeared in 15 games this season with a 1.66 ERA. He had a 6-5 record with 1 save and struck out 67 while walking 33.

Rd. 18 - Jeff Belge (2016-St. John’s), Los Angeles Dodgers

Jeff Belge pitched for the Mohawks in 2016 and was also drafted by the Red Sox in the 32nd round that year, but decided to head to school instead. In 2016, Belge was 1-1 for the Mohawks as he appeared in 7 games and made 4 starts. He had a 3.20 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched and recorded 23 strikeouts while surrendering 13 walks. At St. John's this spring, Belge was 4-5 in 15 games with a 5.25 ERA. He had 73 strikeouts and gave up 54 walks in 61.2 innings pitched.  

Rd. 19 - Chris Givin (2016-Xavier), San Diego Padres

Chris Givin was the Mohawks second basemen in 2016. Givin lead the PGCBL with a .383 batting average in 2016. In the playoffs he was 13-for-25 (.520 average) and combined for a .405 average in a Mohawks uniform. In 42 games he recorded 64 hits, 2 home runs and 9 doubles. He had 21 RBI, 36 runs scored and stole 11 bases. At Xavier this season, Givin hit .306 in 58 games. He hit 7 home runs, 11 doubles and 4 triples with 6 stolen bases. He drove in 35 runs and scored 29.

Rd. 21 - Toby Welk (2017-18-Penn State Berks), Baltimore Orioles

Toby Welk played parts of 2 seasons with the Mohawks in 2017 and 2018 at first and third base. In 2017, Welk played in 6 games and hit .412 with 1 home run, 2 doubles, 8 RBI and 6 runs scored. In 2018, Welk played in 10 games and hit .294 with 1 home run, 2 doubles, 4 RBI and 6 runs scored. At Penn State Berks, Toby hit .483 in 39 games with 13 home runs, 17 doubles and 5 triples. He had 58 RBI and scored 56 runs.

Rd. 23 - Elliott Anderson (2017-Auburn), Kansas City Royals

Elliott Anderson pitched for the Mohawks in 2017. He went 1-1 with 1 save in 15 appearences out of the bullpen. Anderson had a 3.86 ERA in 21 innings pitched, recording 22 strikeouts and giving up 16 walks. At Auburn, Anderson was 7-2 in 28 appearences and 64 innings pitched. He had a 4.22 ERA and struck out 66 batters while walking 29.   

Rd. 23 - Pauly Milto (2017-Indiana), Chicago White Sox

Pauly Milto pitched for the Mohawks in 2016 and was the winning pitcher of the championship clinching game that season. Milto was 5-2 for the Mohawks with a 2.85 ERA in 11 games. He threw 53.2 innings, recorded 52 strikeouts and gave up just 9 walks. At Indiana, Milto was 8-6 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 games. He struck out an even 100 batters and allowed 17 walks in 107 innings pitched.

Rd. 24 - Grayson Byrd (2015-LSU/Clemson), Chicago Cubs

Grayson Byrd played just 3 games for the Mohawks in 2015. He hit was 1-for-7 (.143 average) and drove in 1 run. At Clemson this season, Byrd hit .316 in 61 games with 16 home runs, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 59 RBI and scored 49 runs.

Rd. 26 - Elvis Peralta Jr. (2018-Marshall), Oakland A’s

Elvis Peralta was the Mohawks shortstop in 2018. In 46 games, Peralta hit .299 with 7 home runs, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 28 RBI, 39 runs scored and stole 16 bases. At Marshall this season, Elvis hit .357 in 56 games with 9 home runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples and stole 12 bases. He recorded 42 RBI and scored 41 runs.

Rd. 27 - Cameron Enck (2016-Maryland/Rollins), Colorado Rockies

Cameron Enck was the Mohawks ace in 2016. He was 7-1 with a 0.61 ERA in 11 games and had a 0.39 ERA in the regular season. He pitched a total of 59 innings and struck out 28 batters while issuing 12 walks. At Rollins College this season, Enck was 7-5 in 17 games with a 4.33 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 87.1 innings pitched.

Rd. 31 - Peyton Plumlee (2018-Mississippi State), Houston Astros

Peyton Plumlee was 4-0 for the Mohawks last year with a 2.32 ERA in 6 starts. He threw 31 innings and struck out 43 batters while surrendering 8 walks. At Mississippi State, Plumlee was 7-4 this season with a 3.67 ERA in 20 games. He pitched 81 innings and struck out 63 while walking 27.  

Rd. 34 - Tanner Allen (2018-Mississippi State), Colorado Rockies

Tanner Allen was a late arriver to the Mohawks last year due to Mississippi State's deep run in the College World Series. Allen primarly played first and second with the Mohawks and hit .267 in 23 games. He recorded 3 home runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored. At Mississippi State this season, Allen is hitting .348 in 64 games played and has had 7 home runs, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 64 RBI and 55 runs scored.  

Rd. 37 - Cole Barr (2018-Indiana), Seattle Mariners

Cole Barr was an infielder for the Mohawks last season. He hit .275 in 32 games and had 2 home runs, 3 doubles and 3 triples while driving in 12 runs, scoring 25 and stealing 5 bases. At Indiana, Barr hit .255 in 60 games while hitting 17 home runs, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 51 RBI, 46 runs scored and 7 stolen bases. 

Rd. 39 - Chris Lanzilli (2018-Wake Forest), San Francisco Giants

Chris Lanzilli played in 19 games for the Mohawks last year and hit .161 with 2 RBI and 5 runs scored. At Wake Forest this season, Lanzilli hit .347 in 57 games with 16 home runs and 19 doubles. He scored 59 runs and drove in 67, which includes a 10 RBI game on March 17th against Boston College. 

FA - Thomas Lane (2017-Boston College), Cincinnati Reds

Thomas Lane went 3-2 with a 2.30 ERA for the Mohawks in 2017. He appeared in 10 games, made 9 starts and pitched 43 innings. He struck out 48 and walked 32. At Boston College, Lane was 4-1 with 2 saves in 37 games. He threw 41 innings and recorded 48 strikeouts with 30 walks. 

FA - Tristen Carranza (2016-New Mexico State), Arizona DiamondBacks

Tristen Carranza was the Mohawks third baseman in 2016. He hit .322 in 49 games with 6 home runs, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 36 RBI, 20 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. At New Mexico State this season, Carranza hit .371 in 55 games with 18 home runs, 7 doubles, 6 triples, 73 RBI and 67 runs scored.


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