Held at Biggie’s Clam Bar in Hoboken, NJ, the Saint Peter’s University baseball program hosted their first ever Blue-Gray World Series Draft Night on Tuesday, October 16th.
“First I want to thank our staff and the staff of Biggie’s Clam Bar for putting this all together. Without their dedication and generosity towards our student-athletes, none of this would have been possible.” remarked Coach Cashman.
“Our players and the coaching staff have all worked extremely hard this fall to ensure we have the best season this upcoming spring. Our annual Blue-Gray World Series is a way to reward the players for their efforts, work on things we’ve been practicing, and end the fall with a high level of competition”, stated Head Coach Sean Cashman. “A lot of thought and strategy by Coach Ubbenga and Coach Cohen went into drafting the two teams and I feel that both teams stack up very evenly. I’m expecting a great series and everyone is very excited to begin competition. By ending the fall with such a competitive series, we will head into our off season workouts with focus and intensity that I’m certain will carry into the spring season.”
Junior catcher Jim Smith was selected as the first overall pick for the Gray Team, while senior pitcher Matt Mancini was the second pick, chosen by the Blue Team.
"Last night's draft was a great way to kick off our Blue-Gray World Series”, remarked first overall pick Jim Smith. “It was a good time to socialize, talk baseball with the teammates, and eat some good food. The event also adds a little more of a rivalry to the series than in previous years. It was an honor being picked first for Team Gray and first overall, and I'm looking forward to help my team win any way I can.”
Mancini, who tied for the team lead in wins with 5, was also a NJBCA Division I Second-Team All State selection last year. The second overall pick struck out 40 batters in 72.1 innings pitched in his junior season. "The draft was a fun team experience and a good idea to spark competition amongst the team”, commented Mancini. “I'm honored to be Team Blue’s first pick and I'm excited to help us win the series.”
The series is slated to begin next week, on Monday, October 22nd at Jaroschak Field. Following a best of five game format, game two will take place on Wednesday, October 24th and game three will occur on Friday, October 26th. First pitch for all three games is scheduled for 3:30pm.
Game four will be held on Sunday, October 28th at 10am, and will kick off the annual Alumni Game/Family Day.
General Managers On Draft Selections:
Coach Jon Ubbenga - (General Manager/Head Coach Team Blue) "I feel like we came out as winners on the 2012 Saint Peter's University Blue-Gray World Series draft night. It was also good to see the fans who came out to support the Blue team on such a big night! We are excited about our newly drafted players and are ready to get out on the field and play. Pinning down two of our experienced two-way players was our strategy from the beginning and with those picks we were able to build off that to assemble a solid team. With a great mix of young talent and seasoned veterans, as an organization we feel we have all the necessary ingredients to come home with the championship. I'd like to send my sincere thanks to our front office and all of our scouts for helping us build our depth chart and make the best personnel decisions for our ball club. In the championship series you can throw stats out the window- it's win or go home and we don't want to be going home."
Coach Ryan Cohen - (General Manager/Head Coach Team Gray) "We are excited with this year’s draft class. Team Gray added some experienced pitching depth and a load of young lefty hitters to go along with the number one overall pick, Jim Smith. We are going to work hard on the practice field to prepare for our games against Team Blue starting on October 22nd @3:30pm. I'm looking forward to ordering our championship rings after we beat Coach Ubbenga's team in the series."