Six More MAC Baseball Players Selected On Second Day of Draft

Updated 6/6/2000

The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft concluded June 6 with rounds 21-50, and six more Mid-American Conference players were drafted. The first player selected on the second day was Kent State senior catcher Alex Marconi, a first-team all-MAC choice behind the plate this season. Marconi was drafted in the 27th round and 796th overall by Tampa Bay. Marconi was ranked in the top six in the league in five different offensive categories, including second in home runs (18) and runs scored (64), and was tied for second in RBIs (57).

Central Michigan senior hurler Mike Steele was picked by Detroit in the 29th round (858th), while Kent State closer Dan Adams went in the 33rd round (985th) to Philadelphia. Steele was 8-1 this year for the Chippewas with a 3.82 ERA and helped CMU to a share of the West Division title. Adams, the MAC's career leader in saves, paced the league for the second straight year with 14 saves.

Ball State second baseman Jeremy Ridley, the twin of Cardinal shortstop Shayne, was picked by Toronto in the 34th round (1,018th). On Monday, Shayne was drafted by Baltimore in the 19th round. Jeremy, who was sixth in the league with 16 stolen bases, finished the 2000 campaign with a 327 batting average.

Central Michigan catcher Shaun Gragg and Western Michigan pitcher Matt Vriesenga were both chosen in the 37th round, Gragg to Milwaukee (1,101th) and Vriesenga to St. Louis (1,103rd). Gragg hit 14 home runs and batted .293, while Vriesenga was 3-6 on the mound with a 3.16 ERA.

The six drafted on the second day join seven players that were selected on Monday during the first 20 rounds. Those seven are: Bowling Green pitcher Tony Fontana (7th round, Boston), Akron pitcher Mark Malaska (8th, Tampa Bay), Ball State pitcher Jason Hickman (8th, Los Angeles), Miami hurler Nate Tekavec (12th, Detroit), Miami second baseman John Lackaff (15th, Chicago White Sox), Ball State pitcher Adam Sheefel (17th, Cincinnati) and Shayne Ridley (19th, Baltimore).