June 9, 2010

Two Saints Baseball Players Taken in MLB Draft

MLB Draft Central

DAHLONEGA, GA
– North Georgia baseball catcher Daniel Petitti and left-handed pitcher Chris Rearick were selected on Wednesday afternoon in Major League Baseball's 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

"We couldn't be prouder of Daniel and Chris," head coach Tom Cantrell said Wednesday evening. "They had tremendous careers at North Georgia and will be assets to their respective professional programs."

Petitti was selected in the 37th round with the 1,115 overall pick by the Oakland Athletics, while Rearick went in the 41st round of the draft to the Tampa Bay Rays with the 1,241 overall pick.

"Daniel is the best catcher to ever play at North Georgia," Cantrell said. "His defensive skills were unprecedented at the Division II level, and even though Chris was only here for one year, he made an immediate impact on our program and will be greatly missed."

In 2010, Petitti picked up his third ABCA/Rawlings Southeast Region Gold Glove award in the last four years as the senior had another stellar defensive campaign behind home plate. The Roswell, Ga., native threw out 21 base stealers, a mark that was tops in the Southeast Region, and committed just four errors in 378 chances for a .989 fielding percentage. He had a stolen base allowed percentage of .462 and allowed just two passed balls on the year. At the plate, Petitti hit .233 with nine doubles, three home runs, and 16 runs batted in.

Rearick is drafted after a senior campaign that saw the left-hander pick up awards as the PBC Pitcher of the Year and the Rawlings/ABCA Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year, before garnering Third-Team All-American honors. He finished the 2010 season with a 9-2 record, notching 99 strikeouts in 98.1 innings of work. Rearick had a 3.20 earned run average in 14 starts, while opponents hit .237 against him. He allowed just 25 extra base hits and tossed one complete game.

Petitti and Rearick are the fifth and sixth players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft from North Georgia as the program has had players drafted in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, and now in 2010. Petitti and Rearick will go down as the first two players in Saints baseball history to be selected in the same year, being drafted by clubs that are separated by nearly 3,000 miles.

Sean Pittman was selected during the 2001 draft by the New York Mets, while Kevin Bulger was taken during the 2005 MLB Draft in the 25th round by the Kansas City Royals. Stephen Flake was selected in 2007 by the Florida Marlins in the 34 round, and Rob Flanigan is the highest player ever drafted from North Georgia, going in the 29th round to the San Francisco Giants during the 2008 Draft.