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Four Red Storm baseball players drafted to MLB

Four St. John’s baseball players were selected in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Matt Wessinger, Kyle Hansen, Jeremy Baltz and Matt Casarati were all selected in the second day of the draft.

Outfielder Baltz was picked in the second round at number 68 overall by the San Diego Padres.

The Colorado Rockies picked up two of the Johnnies selecting infielder Wessinger in the fifth round (168 overall) and pitcher Casarati in the sixth (198 overall).

Right-handed pitcher Hansen was picked in the sixth round (201 overall) by the Chicago White Sox.

“I am very happy and excited for this group and it is a true testament to the success of the program to have four players selected in the top six rounds,” head coach Ed Blankmeyer said in a statement on the University Athletics site. “They have worked hard and performed consistently at a high level and have earned this opportunity.”

The Red Storm is on its way to Arizona to compete in the best-of-three Tucson Super Regional portion of the NCAA tournament, starting on Friday, June 8.

Update: Left-handed pitcher Sean Hagan was selected on day three of the draft by the Minnesota Twins in the 29th round, 880th overall.

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Anthony O'Reilly
Anthony O'Reilly, News Editor
Anthony has been one of the most, if not the most, loyal person at this paper. His passion and his dedication to reporting and production is unparalleled. In the last few weeks, he has demonstrated the qualities of a leader and a coach that are required for this position. I have nothing but confidence that Anthony will do a great job. He will serve you, the reader, by providing the most honest, objective news possible. —Terence Cullen News Editor, Emeritus
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