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Seven CAA Players Picked On Day 3 Of MLB Draft

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          Release: 06/08/2013
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Seven CAA players were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. That brought the conference's total to 11 for the 2013 Draft.

Chosen on Day 3 were Old Dominion junior outfielder Ben Verlander, Delaware senior pitcher Matt Soren, William & Mary junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth, Old Dominion junior pitcher Ryan Yarbrough, William & Mary senior pitcher John Farrell, UNCW senior second baseman Michael Bass and Delaware senior outfielder Nick Ferdinand.

Verlander was selected in the 14th round (426th overall) by the Detroit Tigers. Verlander, who was named first team All-CAA, and was a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson  Award which is awarded to college baseball's top player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season  ranked eighth in the CAA in hitting at .367, third in homers with 11 and led ODU in runs scored with 46, along with four triples and 13 stolen bases. He also knocked in 37 runs and was the Louisville Slugger National Team of the Week after his three home run performance against Northeastern on March 9. He hit .380 with eight homers and 24 RBI in 27 CAA games. Verlander was also named the team MVP.  

Soren, a 6-5, 225 lb. pitcher from Roslyn, N.Y., was picked in the 19th round (571st overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies. Soren, a two-time CAA Pitcher of the Week in 2013, was one of the team’s most reliable pitchers this spring as he went 4-5 in 15 games with 10 starts and led the team with 81 strikeouts in just 74.2 innings pitched. His 3.62 ERA ranked second among Blue Hen starters. 

Lindemuth was taken in the 20th round (599th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates. A native of Burke, Va., Lindemuth batted .351 in 2013, which included team-highs in hits (88) and RBIs (49).  The 2013 second-team All-CAA selection was clutch when needed most this season as he batted .647, which included 12 RBIs, 11 hits and eight runs scored in this season’s CAA Tournament.

Yarbrough was chosen in the 20th round (602nd overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers. The 6-6, 205 pound Yarbrough tied for the team lead with 13 starts as he compiled a 4-4 record, including a complete game four-hit shutout over NCAA participant William and Mary. He fanned eight batters in six innings against Hofstra and saved a game in relief at James Madison.  He fanned 60 batters in 82.2 innings of work.

Farrell was tabbed in the 21st round (638th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays. The 2013 campaign was a special one for Farrell as he finished the year with a record of 11-3 and an ERA of 2.70.  He became the first Tribe hurler to win 10 or more games in a season since Rosy Waugh accomplished the feat in 1938.  Additionally, he led the CAA in wins and innings pitched (116.2).  The Andover, Mass. native, earned first-team All-CAA accolades as he became the sixth W&M pitcher to garner first-team all-league distinctions.

Bass was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 27th round (808th overall). Bass became the first Seahawk to earn Academic All-America and All-America honors when he was named second-team on Capital One’s Academic All-America squad and later earned third-team Louisville Slugger All-America honors. Both honors were announced during UNCW’s appearance in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional earlier this month. A four-year starter for the Seahawks at center field and second and third base, Bass concluded his career with a tremendous senior campaign as he was named first-team  All-CAA and was runner up to Delaware’s Jimmy Yezzo for the circuit’s player-of-the-year honors. As a senior, Bass led UNCW in five offensive categories, including batting average (.380), runs (62), doubles (21), on base average (.479) and stolen bases (26). Bass finished his career at UNCW ranking among the top-five in seven offensive categories, including triples (10), hits (257) and stolen bases (76).

Ferdinand, a 6-2, 215 lb. outfielder from Bensalem, Pa., was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 35th round (1,051 overall pick). Ferdinand, a first team All-CAA selection, batted .362 in 54 starts this past spring and led the CAA in home runs with 15 while ranking third in the league in RBI with 61. He also recorded 16 doubles and led the team with 29 walks.

Four CAA players were chosen on Day 2 of the MLB Draft – Hofstra pitcher Bryan Verbitsky, Delaware first baseman Jimmy Yezzo, Delaware pitcher Chad Kuhl and UNCW pitcher Justin Livengood.

CAA Players Selected In 2013 Major League Baseball Draft

Bryan Verbitsky, Hofstra - P - San Diego Padres - 3rd round (86 overall)

Jimmy Yezzo, Delaware - 1B - Washington Nationals - 7th round (226 overall)

Chad Kuhl, Delaware - P - Pittsburgh Pirates - 9th round (269 overall)

Justin Livengood, UNCW - P - San Diego Padres - 10th round (298 overall)

Ben Verlander, Old Dominion - OF - Detroit Tigers - 14th round (426 overall)

Matt Soren, Delaware - P - Philadelphia Phillies - 19th round (571 overall)

Ryan Lindemuth, William & Mary - 2B - Pittsburgh Pirates - 20th round (599 overall)

Ryan Yarbrough, Old Dominion - P - Milwaukee Brewers - 20th round (602 overall)

John Farrell, William & Mary - P - Tampa Bay Rays - 21st round (638 overall)

Michael Bass, UNCW - 2B - San Diego Padres - 27th round (808 overall)

Nick Ferdinand, Delaware - OF - Philadelphia Phillies - 35th round (1,051 overall)