The SwampDogs professional success continues for yet another year with four players being drafted in this weeks MLB First Year Player’s Draft.
Michael Tauchman headlined the four SwampDogs’ alumnus when the Colorado Rockies selected him in the tenth round.
Tauchman recently graduated from Bradley University and he could develop into a quality corner outfielder. The former Dog was named the 2013 Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and a second-team Louisville Slugger All-American. He led the nation with 79 hits and was fourth in the NCAA with a .513 on-base percentage. Tauchman also roped 16 doubles and stole 28 bases.
The 6-2, 215 pound outfielder played in pinstripes for 44 games last summer and he was second on the Dogs with a .351 batting average, three home runs, 70 total bases and third with 30 RBIs as the leadoff hitter.
The Palatine, Illinois native can flat out run the bases and he led the Coastal Plain League with 38 runs and 35 stolen bases during the 2012 summer.
2012 SwampDog and former Coastal Plain League Defensive Player of the Year Layne Somsen was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round.
Somsen led all Fayetteville starters with a 1.29 ERA and he had a perfect 5-0 record on the bump. The right-handed pitcher tossed 47 strikeouts in 42 innings for the SwampDogs.
The 6-0, 190 pound senior led South Dakota State with a 1.87 ERA, 91.1 innings pitched and 91 strikeouts.
Shortstop Reed Harper was selected in the 25th round by the Atlanta Braves. Harper finished his senior year at Austin Peay University with a .346 batting average with seven home runs and 59 RBIs. He was also second on the team with 14 stolen bases.
The Clarksville, Tennessee native led the 2012 SwampDogs in batting with a .370 average and 57 hits in 43 games. Batting in the middle of the order, he was second on the team with 31 RBIs and was a big reason why the SwampDogs made it to the Petitt Cup Championship series
Tyler Brunnemann was the fourth former SwampDogs player selected in the MLB Draft when the Houston Astros drafted him in the 40th round.
Brunnemann led the Dogs with ten saves last summer in route to a 0.41 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 22 innings. He only allowed one extra base hit in 78 at-bats and he was named a CPL All-Star.
The Garden Ridge, Texas native had ten saves during his senior year at Hardin-Simmons University and he was second on the team with 62 strikeouts with just three walks allowed.
He is a 6-2, 225 pound right hander who can reach the 90s with his fastball and could develop into a great late inning option
The entire SwampDogs organization wishes them well in the next level of their playing careers and we are excited to see Fayetteville’s legacy continue in the big leagues.