Stoga Alum Ryne Ogren Selected in MLB Draft
by Mitchell Gladstone, Staff Writer
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If Tuesday seemed like a slow day for local prospects, Wednesday wasn’t much better.
When the final 30 rounds of the 2018 MLB draft kicked off at noon, there were several Philly-area players still left on the board, including Paul VI righthander Will Gambino and Eastern outfielder Jack Herman. But it wasn’t until the 894th selection that Herman heard his name called by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gambino, who is committed to Kentucky, finally was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 35th round.
“Coming into this year, I didn’t have the expectation of the draft,” Gambino said after Paul VI’s state tournament loss May 29. “[When I get to college and exclusively,] I’m a pitcher, my pitching is going to take off, and I’m really excited to see that happen.”
Herman, who will likely head to Maryland instead of joining the Pirates, was selected in the 30th round. The Eastern senior helped his team to a Diamond Classic title Monday afternoon when the Vikings beat St. Augustine for the title.
First to be chosen Wednesday was Conestoga alum Ryne Ogren, who starred as a second baseman for Elon University. This year, he hit .338 on his way to first-team All-Colonial Athletic honors and the Mariners selected him 358th overall in the 12th round.