Smith and Dorman chosen in the draft
Former Crater High standout Hans Smith and North Medford star Rich Dorman were both selected Monday by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the Major League Baseball free-agent draft.
Smith, a senior relief pitcher at Fresno State, was taken in the 11th round, 316th overall, of the 50-round draft that concludes on Wednesday.
The left-hander was a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference pick in a season that saw him lead the Bulldogs in appearances (33), saves (9), wins (8) and ERA (2.56). His nine saves were the third-highest single-season total in school history, and he finished with a school-record 17 career saves.
I didn't know where or by whom I was going to be drafted, said Smith. Some scouts gave me a hint as to where I'd go (in the draft), but I wasn't really sure.
Smith received interest from quite a few clubs — like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics and Montreal Expos. But he was pleased with the prospect of becoming a Devil Ray.
I really don't know too much about them except that they are a class organization, said Smith.
Dorman, a right-handed pitcher at Western Baptist College, became the first Warrior baseball player ever to be selected by a major-league team.
The 21-year-old was chosen 376th overall in the 13th round and was assigned by the Devil Rays to pitch for their short-season Class A minor-league team, the Hudson Valley Renegades, in the New York-Penn League.
Dorman played catcher for two years at Chemeketa Community College in Salem before transferring to Oregon State and then to Western Baptist in 1999.
In the regular-season finale against Eastern Oregon, Dorman fired a one-hit shutout while fanning 11 batters en route to a 3-0 win.
He was then named the Cascade Collegiate Conference's pitcher of the week.
At the end of his first full season of pitching, he finished 6-6 with a conference-high 81 strikeouts.
With 50 rounds in the draft, I didn't expect to be getting a call this early, but I am very happy about going to Tampa Bay, said Dorman in a statement released by the school. I had several good workouts for them, and they were very good to me.
Florida's other team, the Marlins, had the first pick in the draft and selected Adrian Gonzalez, from Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, Calif.
We all agreed that Adrian Gonzalez was the best hitting prospect available in this year's draft, Marlins scouting director Al Avila said. Every time I went to see him, he hit. He definitely possesses the best pure stroke in this year's draft.
The 6-foot-2 Gonzalez hit .645 with 13 home runs and 34 RBIs this season, and is the first high school infielder to be selected No. — since Alex Rodriguez in 1993.
Cal State Fullerton right-hander Adam Johnson was taken by Minnesota with the second pick. Shortstop Luis Montanez from Coral Park High School in Miami was then selected by the Chicago Cubs. Mike Stodolka, a left-hander from Centennial High School in California, was taken by Kansas City with the fourth pick. Montreal then selected right-hander Justin Wayne from Stanford.
A number of players with famous fathers figured prominently in the first few rounds.
Arizona State right-hander Jason Fingers, son of Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers, was selected by Kansas City with the 284th pick. The New York Yankees took Michigan catcher David Parrish, son of Lance Parrish, with the 28th pick, and Atlanta claimed Pennsylvania high school shortstop Aaron Herr, son of infielder Tom Herr, with the 40th pick.