DURHAM, N.C. – Nearly 40 Major League Baseball scouts arrived to evaluate the Blue Devils at Jack Coombs Field Wednesday as part of the team’s annual scout day.
The afternoon began with a timed 60, followed by a round of infield/outfield, batting practice and a six-inning scrimmage.
Duke has produced 72 players selected in the MLB Draft, including a program-record-tying seven this past season. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Griffin Conine in the second round while the Chicago Cubs took Jimmy Herron in the third round, marking the first time Duke had two players selected in the top three rounds in school history. Overall, seven Blue Devils – Conine, Herron, Chris Proctor (Detroit, 13th round), Zack Kone (Pittsburgh, 13th round), Ethan DeCaster (Detroit, 18th), Jack Labosky (Tampa Bay, 22nd Round) and Mitch Stallings (Atlanta, 30th round) were drafted, tying the school record set in 2009.
The Blue Devils have had 42 players drafted over the past 17 years, including 19 during head coach Chris Pollard’s tenure.
Four current Blue Devils have already head their names called on draft day. Junior Adam Laskey (2016, 31st round, No. 935 overall, San Francisco Giants), sophomore Steve Mann (2017, 38th round, No. 1145 overall, Detroit Tigers) and junior Matt Mervis (2016, 39th round, No. 1174 overall, Washington Nationals) were all drafted coming out of high school while graduate student transfer Ben Gross was selected by the Houston Astros in the 34th Round of the 2018 MLB Draft.
In addition, 14 former Blue Devils are currently in professional baseball: Jordan Betts, Bailey Clark, Griffin Conine, Ethan DeCaster, Jimmy Herron, Andrew Istler, Zack Kone, James Marvel, Michael Matuella, Sarkis Ohanian, Chris Proctor, Mitch Stallings, Marcus Stroman and James Ziemba.