Baseball: Eight Northern Nevada players drafted
A number of baseball players with Northern Nevada ties were drafted in last week’s Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft, including several who appeared on Douglas’ Tiger Field this season.
Leading the charge regionally was University of Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley, who went to Arizona with the 15th pick of the first round.
The 6-3, 190-pound right-hander had been projected as high at No. 6 in some mock drafts, but will start his career with the parent organization of the Reno Aces Triple-A baseball club.
Manogue’s ace pitcher Devonte German was the highest-drafted local high school player, going with the first pick of the 11th round to the Houston Astros.
The 6-5, 240-pound right-hander made a number of appearances on the mound against the Tigers during his four-year varsity career, also frequently serving as the Miners’ designated hitter.
Jacob Bray, most recently of Feather River College, was taken by the Orioles with the 396th pick of the draft. The right-handed pitcher played shortstop and pitched for Spanish Springs during his high school career.
Reno High shortstop Garrett Hampson was taken by the Washington Nationals with the 796th pick of the draft, and Reed right-handed pitcher Mark Nowaczewski (6-4, 185) went to the Boston Red Sox with the 803rd pick of the draft.
Former Damonte Ranch product and left-handed pitcher Joey Webb, more recently of Menlo College, was taken by the Nationals as well with the 856th pick of the draft.
University of Nevada pitcher Brent McMinn was taken by the Mets with the 536th pick of the draft, and Western Nevada College right fielder Conor Harber went to the Orioles with the 1,149th pick of the draft.