2017-06-22 / Around Town

Former Gulls Selected in MLB Draft


The 2017 Newport Gulls team readying for a game against Plymouth. 
(Photo by Jon Dillworth) The 2017 Newport Gulls team readying for a game against Plymouth. (Photo by Jon Dillworth) The Newport Gulls were well represented in this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, with 13 former Gulls selected on the final day, bringing the total for the year to 22. Since 2013, 78 Gulls have been drafted.

The latest draft went as follows:

The Atlanta Braves selected Drew Lugbauer in the 11th round. Lugbauer was a catcher for Newport during the 2015 New England Collegiate Baseball League season. A senior at the University of Michigan, he hit .288 with 64 hits and 60 RBIs this spring.

Left-handed pitcher Andrew Summerville was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round. The Stanford southpaw posted a 4–1 record in 13 starts and tallied 69 strikeouts this spring.

Tucker Baca became the second Gulls pitcher to be chosen in the 12th round when he was taken by the Baltimore Orioles. At St. Katherine College, Baca appeared in 15 games and recorded four saves.

Keith Weisenberg joined his 2015 Gulls teammate, Lugbauer, in the Braves organization when Atlanta selected him in the 14th round. Weisenberg, from Stanford University, ended his 2017 college season with a 4.22 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .227 average.

The Chicago White Sox selected Blake Battenfield, a product of Oklahoma State University, in the 17th round. In his college season, the righty posted a 5–4 record in 11 starts with a 4.91 ERA.

Matt Ruppenthal, who played for the Gulls in 2015, was selected by the Houston Astros. A right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt, Ruppenthal hurled 54 innings this

season, posting a 3.17 ERA with 45 strikeouts.

In the 20th round, the Seattle Mariners chose Troy Dixon, who caught for Newport during the 2016 season. Dixon led St. John’s University with a .394 batting average.

The Washington Nationals drafted Jake Cousins, a right-handed pitcher, in the 20th round. At the University of Pennsylvania, Cousins was a First Team All-Ivy League selection this year, finishing with a 3.15 ERA in a team-high 68.2 innings.

Paul Campbell was the next Gull to go as the Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the 21st round. At Clemson, he recorded a 5.19 ERA in five games.

From Washington State University, infielder Shane Matheny was drafted in the 23rd round by the San Francisco Giants. The rising senior from Bremerton, Washington, led his team in average (.309), slugging percentage (.471), and RBIs (34) this season.

In the 26th round, Charlie Carpenter, who was a two-way player for the Gulls in 2016, was selected by the Braves. Carpenter led South Carolina with a .357 batting average, 11 home runs and 46 RBIs.

Michael Bono, who was a member of the 2015 Gulls, was taken in the 32nd round by the Cincinnati Reds. At Santa Clara University, Bono finished with 21 strikeouts in seven starts, while posting a 6.88 ERA.

In the 32nd round, Martin Figueroa was taken by the Houston Astros. The University of Rhode Island catcher recorded 39 hits this season with 19 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

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