Thursday, June 11, 2009

Day 3, Part 2: Rays Picks 41-50

Matt Stabelfeld41st Round - 1249th Overall: LHP Matt Stabelfeld Lewis-Clark State

Ht/Wt: 5'10"/185. Senior. Born August 21, 1986. His grandfather, Glen Stabelfeld, reached the AAA level with the St. Louis Cardinals. He is majoring in Kinesiology at LCSC.

From the L-CSC release: Senior left-handed pitcher Matt Stabelfeld was the only Lewis-Clark State College player selected on the third day of this year’s Major League Draft as he was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. Tampa Bay made the Turlock, Calif., product its pick in the 41st round of the 50-round draft. Stabelfeld was the 1,249th player chosen in the draft.
Stabelfeld posted a 4-0 record with the Warriors this season with a 4.09 earned run average. He made 14 appearances and tied for the team-high with 12 starters. He threw a team-high 61.2 innings and allowed 54 hits and 36 runs, 28 of which were earned. He struck out 60 and walked 29 and the opposition hit only .236 off him.

During his junior year, he made one start and 14 relief appearances. He posted a 2-1 record with two saves, but the highlight came when he earned the win the championship game of the Avista NAIA World Series, helping the Warriors capture the title.

Bennett Davis42nd Round - 1279th Overall: 3B Bennett Davis Elon

Ht/Wt: 5'10"/185. B/T: R/R. Senior. Born February 9, 1986. Majoring in business administration.

From the Elon release: "I'm thankful for the opportunity that the Rays have given me," said Davis. "They have a lot of youth and talent in the organization and I will have to find my place in that system. It's been a privilege to play at Elon for two year – they have been the best two years of my life. It's been a pleasure to play for the coaching staff at Elon. They make playing baseball very enjoyable."

Davis spent two years with the Phoenix and posted a .343 batting average during his senior year. In 2009, Davis also belted 18 homers, tied for the fourth-most in program history for a single season. Davis added 16 doubles and two triples while stealing 11 bases. He also scored 63 runs and drove in 64 runs, which rates as the fourth-most RBI in a season in school history. Davis picked up one SoCon Player of the Week Award in 2009.

In his two years, Davis ripped 36 home runs, one shy of the school record total of 37 dingers. His 146 career RBI rates eighth on the program's all-time chart. He also holds two of Elon's single-season top-10 slugging percentage totals, slugging .664 in 2008 (ninth) and .661 in 2009 (10th).

Geno Glynn43rd Round - 1309th Overall: 3B Eugene Glynn Minnesota State-Mankato

Ht/Wt: 6'1"/185. Senior. B/T: R/R. Born October 27, 1986.

From the MSU release: Senior third baseman Geno Glynn (Waseca, Minn.) has been selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 43rd round (1,309th overall) in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

An All-NSIC Second Team selection this year, Glynn hit .376 with eight home runs and a team-high 58 runs batted in. His 58 RBI rank second on MSU’s all-time single-season list. Named to the 2009 NSIC All-Tournament Team, Glynn hit .545 (12-for-22) with nine runs scored, two home runs and 10 RBI in five games at this year’s tourney and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. For his two-year MSU career, Glynn hit .347 with 10 homers and 82 RBI.

44th Round - 1339th Overall: SS Kalani Brackenridge Kapolei High School

Was a surprise to him:
Since he didn't play baseball his senior season, Kalani Brackenridge wasn't expecting a certain phone call today. Going through his normal daily routines, Brackenridge got out of the shower and noticed a message waiting for him on his cell phone. The Tampa Bay Rays wanted a word with their newest draftee.
"I was a little surprised because I didn't play all season," said the 5-foot-11 Brackenridge, who was drafted as a shortstop. Brackenridge, who signed with Hawaii in football as a cornerback, is expecting to play both sports if he decides to attend UH.

"I'm not sure what I'll do," he said. "I've got to talk about it more with my parents and see what happens when they call me back." The chance to play both sports was the primary reason he chose UH during the football recruiting season. He said football coach Greg McMackin and baseball coach Mike Trapasso are fine with it. "That was the main reason why I chose UH, to play both," Brackenridge said.

45th Round - 1369th Overall: LHP Cole Nelson Des Moines Area CC

Ht/Wt: 6'7"/233. In 2009 he had a 3.19 ERA in 42.1 IP with 62 strikeouts and 31 walks.

46th Round - 1399th Overall: 3B Aaron Oates Skyline HS

Nothing on him.

Jason Patton47th Round - 1429th Overall: RF Jason Patton Kent State

Ht/Wt: 6'4"/195. Senior. B/T: L/R. Born December 27, 1986.

From the KSU release:
Patton joins former Kent State pitcher and current Rays’ starter Andy Sonnanstine in the Tampa Bay organization. In his time with KSU, Patton was known for his 2007 and ’09 heroics in the Mid-American Conference tournaments. In 2007, he was named MVP after going 10-for-16 with four RBI and two runs scored.

In ’09, he was named to the all-tournament team with six hits (two home runs) in 19 at-bats with eight RBI and five runs scored. With Miami leading 4-0 in the fifth of the first game of the ’09 tournament, Patton slammed a solo shot to lead off the inning and helped KSU rally for the 6-4 win.

In the ’09 NCAA tournament, Patton was named to the All-Tempe Region team by going 8-for-14 with seven RBI and four runs scored in three games. Before the 2009 season, Patton had hit only seven home runs in his KSU career. He hit 15 his senior year alone.

48th Round - 1459th Overall: RF James "Nate" Roberts Parkland College

Ht/Wt: 6'1"/195.

In 2009 he hit .514/.601/.914 in 140 AB's with 10 HR's and 27 SB's for the Cobras.

49th Round - 1489th Overall: RHP Vince Spilker Raytown HS

Ht/Wt: 6'2"/215.

David Wendt50th Round - 1519th Overall: C David Wendt Dowling College

6'0". Senior.

Interesting facts: Favorite professional sports team is the Boston Red Sox. Favorite pro athlete is Jacoby Ellsbury.

From the Golden Lions release:
Wendt, a four year starter behind the plate for the Golden Lions, batted .299 with 12 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 28 RBI's and 21 stolen bases to help lead Dowling to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II College World Series in his senior year. A outstanding backstop with great catch and throw abilities, he also gunned down attempted base stealers at a 42 % clip in 2009.

Wendt, a three time ECC All-Conference Second Team selection, finishes his Dowling career in the top 10 on the program's all-time records list for hits, RBI's, at-bats, doubles, triples, and stolen bases.

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