CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam is proud to announce that four current or former players were selected in this year’s MLB first year player draft.
Andre Jernigan was the first former Steam player to hear is name called on Saturday. The junior shortstop was picked in the 14th round with the 423rd pick by the Minnesota Twins. In the spring, Jernigan lead Xavier University to only its third ever NCAA Regional appearance while earning the Big East Player of the Year award.
The Musketeers won its first regular season Big East Championship with Jernigan helping to lead the way. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native set career highs in virtually every offensive category including home runs (14), RBIs (42), hits (56) doubles (17) and runs scored (39). Jernigan was a GLSCL all-star for the Steam in 2015 while leading the team with nine doubles and 26 runs scored and sharing the team high with 44 hits.
Kyle Hart, a fifth-year senior from Indiana University was chosen in the 19th round with the 568th round by the Boston Red Sox. Hart, who graduated from Sycamore High School, played for the Steam in the summer of 2012 after his freshman season with the Hoosiers. Hart went was 3-1 for the Steam in 2012 with 3.78 ERA with a team-high 36 strikeouts and was a GLSCL all-star.
Kyle Nowlin was selected in the 21st round with the 622nd pick by the Oakland A’s out of Eastern Kentucky University. Nowlin played for the Steam during the 2013 summer season. The Harrison High School graduate was second in the NCAA for the last seasons in home runs. He blasted 19 in 2015 and 21 this past spring.
The only current member of the Steam to be drafted was Phillip Diehl out of Louisiana Tech. Diehl went in the 27th round with 818th pick to the New York Yankees. Diehl, a Moeller High School graduate, played for the Steam in both 2013 and 2014 but sat out last summer with a injury. During the spring Diehl went 5-5 with a 4.39 ERA striking out 90 batters in 80 innings pitched as his team won 42 games and advanced to the NCAA Regionals.
The Cincinnati Steam has earned a spot in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League playoffs in nine of its ten previous seasons. Three times the Steam has played in the GLSCL championship round including winning the title in both 2008 and 2009.
The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate, which is entering its 29th season and has 12 teams, is a wood-bat league that is certified by the NCAA and is partially funded by Major League Baseball. The league boasts several players that have earned service time in major league baseball including six former Steam players.
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