Archive | June 2013

FGCU ace Knapp eager to meet Mets

From the June 8, 2013 edition of the Charlotte Sun

Ricky Knapp, in Arizona to visit his dad, Rick, spent most of the Friday huddled around the computer.

Name after name — 235 in all — were recited as players selected in the MLB first-year player draft.

Finally in the eighth round, it was his turn, the last of three Florida Gulf Coast University players drafted on the day.

“The Mets select Knapp, Ricky, right-handed pitcher and the son of former Detroit Tigers pitching coach and current Dodgers minor league pitching coordinator,” the omniscient voice said.

At that moment, Ricky Knapp became a member of the New York Mets. Read More…

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FGCU Eagles keep a watchful eye on draft

From the June 6, 2013 edition of the Charlotte Sun

All it takes is for one team to like you.

More than 1,200 of the country’s top high school and college baseball players will keep repeating that to themselves, hoping that one of 30 teams in this week’s MLB draft will show them some love.

The players drafted tonight will see their lives change in a heartbeat, potentially become millionaires and gain a world’s weight of expectations. Those drafted near the 40th round Saturday are essentially long shots with little risk — just like Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens, who was picked in the final round of the 2012 edition.

And as much as the draft means to major league organizations in their quest to find the next superstar, the draft is arguably just as important for the schools the athletes will depart from. Read More…

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