DURHAM, N.C. - Approximately 30 MLB scouts turned out for the Duke baseball team's annual pro scout day, held Tuesday evening at Jack Coombs Field.
The Blue Devils began with 60-yard sprints, transitioned to on-field batting practice and throwing drills then finished the day with a simulated game.
In program history, Duke has produced 53 players selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur draft, including 11 over the past four seasons. In addition, 40 former Blue Devils have gone on to play in the Big Leagues, including current Major Leaguers Chris Capuano (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Nate Freiman (Oakland Athletics).
Duke returns 24 letterwinners from this past season's team, including seven position starters and 14 pitchers. Second team All-ACC selections Jordan Betts and Andy Perez both return, along with all three of the Blue Devils' weekend starters: Robert Huber, Trent Swart and Drew Van Orden.
Ten newcomers also joined the Blue Devil ranks, including graduate students Ryan Deitrich and Chris Kono, redshirt sophomore Cam Neal and true freshmen Karl Blum, Bailey Clark, J.R. Holloway, Kevin Lewallyn, Cristian Perez, David Williams and James Ziemba.
The Blue Devils close out the fall semester with their Fall World Series, beginning Oct. 25. Duke opens the 2014 campaign with a three-game series against Binghamton Feb. 14-16.
Former Blue Devils Currently in Pro Baseball
|Name||Pos.||Current Organization (Affiliate)|
|Greg Burke||RHP||AAA Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets)|
Los Angeles Dodgers
AAA Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox)
|Ben Grisz||RHP||A Auburn Doubledays (Washington Nationals)|
|Alex Hassan||OF||AAA Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox)|
|Jake Lemmerman||SS||AA Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals)|
|Christopher Manno||LHP||AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati Reds)|
|Ryan McCurdy||C||AA Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros)|
|Dennis O'Grady||RHP||A Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres)|
|Will Piwnica-Worms||OF||A Potomac Nationals (Washington Nationals)|
|David Putman||RHP||A Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox)|
AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronoto Blue Jays)