I'm sure the six former San Diego State baseball players celebrated their draft selection with friends and family for a few wonderful days--but that's all the party time they had. Once Michael Cederoth, Greg Allen, Tim Zier, Brad Haynal, Brandon Thomas and Justin Hepner came down from their respective cloud nines, they signed professional contracts and immediately prepared to begin their journey to The Show.
So how have they done so far?
As you might remember, right-handed-pitcher Michael Cederoth was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the third round. He has started two games for the Elizabethton Twins, the Twins' affiliate in the Rookie Appalachian League. Although it seems that Elizabethton doesn't put much weight on the "starter" title: Cederoth threw 2.2 innings in his first appearance and 3.2 in his second. He allowed zero runs on three hits while striking out two batters and walking two batters in his first start (June 24). In his second start on June 30, Cederoth allowed one earned run on two hits while striking out six batters and walking one. He currently has a 1.42 ERA and a .227 opponent batting average. The Twins are 8-6 this season.
Center-fielder Greg Allen was picked by the Cleveland Indians in the sixth round. He's batting .278 with 3 RBI and a .366 on-base percentage through nine games as a member of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League affiliate of the Indians. He sure started his Minor League season right: he went 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI in his first game (June 22). He's also 3-of-4 on stolen base attempts. The Scrappers are 8-12 this season.
Catcher Brad Haynal was drafted in the 18th round by the Miami Marlins. Haynal has played seven games for the Batavia Muckdogs, the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League affiliate of the Marlins. He's batting .259 and slugging .444 with 1 home run and 6 RBI. Haynal also started his professional career with a bang, going 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI in his first game with the Muckdogs (June 21). The Muckdogs are 12-8 this season.
Second baseman Tim Zier, SDSU's all-time hits leader, was drafted by the Philadephia Phillies in the 21st round. He's played six games so far with the GCL Phillies, the Rookie Gulf Coast League affiliate of the Phillies. He's batting .250 with a .348 on-base percentage. After starting slow, Zier is 5-for-11 in his last three games (June 30, July 3, July 4). He and his teammates are 7-6 in this young Minor League season.
Left-handed pitcher Brandon Thomas was picked in the 24th round by the Kansas City Royals. He's 1-0 with a 7.36 ERA and .250 opponent batting average in three relief appearances for the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Rookie Pioneer League affiliate of the Royals. Thomas began his pro career almost perfectly, allowing zero runs on zero hits and two walks in his first two appearances (2.1 innings). However, Thomas allowed three earned runs, including a home run, in his most recent inning of relief (July 2). The Chukars are 8-10 this year.
Right-handed pitcher Justin Hepner was drafted in the 36th round by the Miami Marlins. Hepner is 0-0 with a 16.87 ERA and a .438 opponent batting average in two relief appearances as a member of the GCL Marlins, the Rookie Gulf Coast League affiliate of the Marlins. Hepner allowed two earned runs on three hits in one inning of relief in his first appearance. The former Aztec allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and one walk in 1.2 relief innings in his second and most recent appearance (June 24). The Marlins are 2-12 so far this season.