Pierpont, Petty chosen in baseball draft
Several players with local ties were selected during Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft that concluded Saturday.
California University senior Kyle Petty was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round, and Winthrop University senior pitcher Matt Pierpont, a former Canon-McMillan High School standout, was chosen by the Colorado Rockies in the 26th round.
Pierpont, who was the 769th overall selection, had a 4-5 record and 3.38 ERA in 13 starts this year for the Eagles. Pierpont began his career at Winthrop as a third baseman. At Canon-McMillan, Pierpont helped the Big Macs win the 2008 Class AAAA state championship. He was the Observer-Reporter Player of the Year in 2009.
Petty, who has played multiple positions while at Cal, was the 687nd overall selection. He was selected as a first baseman. His is the eighth baseball player in Cal history to be drafted and the first since 1995.
Petty was named the PSAC West Division Player of the Year this season and was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award, given to the top player in NCAA Division II.
Petty set career highs in every offensive category this spring, finishing among the top 20 in Division II in batting average, triples, stolen bases and slugging percentage. He ranked second in the league and No. 16 in the country with a .416 batting average (74-for-178. The 6-5 standout tied for the national lead with eight triples, which was the most by a Cal player in more than 35 years, and finished with a conference-best .674 slugging percentage. A native of New Jersey, Petty led the PSAC and ranked No. 12 in the country with 37stolen bases, which tied for the third-most in school history. He also finished second in the league with 49 RBI and was third with six homers, 51 runs scored and a .483 on-base percentage.
One of the most versatile players in the country, Petty started games at seven different positions over his collegiate career. He started 13 games at first base in each of the last two seasons.
Another player with local ties who was drafted is Tyler Marinkov, a junior outfielder for North Florida. He was selected in the eighth round Friday by Oakland. Marinkov is the son of Brian Marinkov, who played for Washington High School in the late 1970s.