Eagles fly in MLB draft

Polk State baseball players Matt Pearce, Casey Schroeder, and Daniel Sweet were selected in this year's Major League baseball draft. Former Eagle Mike Danner was also chosen.  

"It is an honor to be selected by a major league organization," said head coach Al Corbeil. "All four guys were tremendous players here at Polk, and I am glad that MLB organizations saw the same thing in them." 

The St. Louis Cardinals selected pitcher Matt Pearce in the 13th round. 

Matt Pearce.


"Pearce really solidified himself as one of the best junior-college arms in the state the past two seasons," said Corbeil. "He was a big-game pitcher for us and really dominated in the state tournament." 

Catcher Casey Schroeder went in the 14th round to the Oakland Athletics. He was the first catcher Oakland selected. 

Casey Schroeder.

"To see Casey taken as the first junior-college catcher in the entire draft says a lot," Corbeil said. "He had a great year for us and just continued to get better as the year went on. He is really talented, and I think he has a chance to continue to open up eyes as he keeps working behind the dish." 

The Texas Rangers chose outfielder Daniel Sweet in the 25th round. 

Daniel Sweet

Daniel Sweet.

"Daniel was the best player in the state this year," said Corbeil. "He is one of the hardest working kids I've ever coached, and I think it all paid off for him this season when he led the state in hitting and was a First Team All-American." 

Mike Danner, who played on Polk State's 2012 championship team, went to the Chicago White Sox in the 34th round. 

Mike Danner.

 "I couldn't be happier for Mike, said Corbeil. "He is one of the best hitters I've ever coached at any level. I think he continued to prove himself going to a great program like the University of Tampa and leading them to two back-to-back College World Series. I wish him the best in the White Sox organization."  

Sweet and Schroeder are playing this summer in the amateur Cape Cod League. 

The deadline for signing a drafted player is July 15. A player who is drafted and does not sign with the club that selected him may be drafted again at a future year's draft, so long as the player is eligible for that year's draft. A club may not select a player again in a subsequent year, unless the player has consented to the re-selection.

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