Two Bobcats Taken In MLB Draft
by Tom Butto
HAMDEN – Last week, the Quinnipiac Bobcats baseball team had an honor that not many college baseball programs get to have. What was the honor in a season that yielded only 16 wins?
Two players on the Bobcats team were drafted by two different teams in the 2008 MLB First Year Player Draft.
John Delaney, a senior utility player, and Chris Gloor, a junior pitcher, were the two players that had their lifelong boyhood dreams come true – getting drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers respectively.
Delaney, who got drafted by the Brewers with the 758th overall pick in the 25th round, was very informed about what round he would get drafted in, and was even analyzing the picks during the day.
“I was projected to go between the 15th and 25th rounds and Milwaukee and Pittsburgh showed the most interest leading up to today. I saw that Pittsburgh was taking a lot of pitchers early. Once it got to the later rounds, my father and I were glued to the computer tracking all their picks,” said Delaney.
Even though Delaney and his family couldn’t move from their computer in anticipation, his head coach, Coach Dan Gooley, knew that he had an excellent chance to be a prospect a couple years ago.
“I realized Delaney had a chance to be a prospect during his junior year at the university. He learned to attack right center field with his hitting. Marc Scarpa (hitting coach) worked on having him attack hitting [there],” said Gooley.
Once this happened, “he started to hit the ball to both fields. Once he realized he could do that, there was no way pitchers could pitch to him only one way,” said Gooley.
And this happened after Delaney was already named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team the year before when he had a .355 batting average.
However, after Delaney learned how to hit to all parts of the field, he only had a .301 and .337 batting average during his last two years on the team, while getting selected to two more All-Northeast Conference First Teams.
The results not only showed in his batting average, but also in every other offensive category as Delaney led the team this year with 9 home runs, 40 RBI, 66 hits, 15 doubles, and a .571 slugging percentage.
With those numbers there is no doubt why the Brewers chose Delaney in Gooley’s mind.
“Like I said, I knew he would get drafted. Not only can he hit, but he is also going to be an outstanding utility player. He can play shortstop, center field, right field, 2nd, and 3rd base. He runs well and also has a strong major league arm,” said Gooley
However, let’s not forget about Chris Gloor, who also had an impressive year and has improved significantly since his freshman year.
Gloor had a breakout year during his sophomore campaign, posting a 4-2 record with a 4.22 ERA. Gloor, who is 6’6 and 250 pound lefty, also racked up 68 strikeouts over 59.2 innings.
This was the year when Coach Gooley saw Gloor had a chance to be a prospect and get drafted.
“During his sophomore year he adjusted to college hitters. The key was when he decided to work on the inside plate. Once he established the inside fastball, that’s when I saw he had a chance to get drafted,” said Gooley.
Gloor followed up his sophomore season with a solid junior year on the diamond posting a 5.01 ERA while striking out 55 batters over 59.1 innings. Gloor also closed his college career out in style striking out 10 batters over 6 2/3 innings against Mount St. Mary’s, who were the NEC Tournament Champions.
“I think the Tigers will bring him up as a starter,” said Gooley. “Gloor is the type of pitcher that can give a team seven innings because of his command of the inside part of the plate.”
So what does a coach do who has already coached big leaguer Turk Wendell and potential Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell, as well as these two soon to be rookies?
Go out to a High School Junior Showcase to try and find some more future big league prospects.