Sever and Vincej Hear Their Names Called on Day Three of the MLB First Year Draft
June 6, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Junior second baseman Joe Sever was picked in the 21st round, as the 653rd overall pick by the Cleveland Indians, while junior shortstop Zach Vincej was drafted in the 37th round, the 1132nd pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2012 MLB First Year Draft on Wednesday.
Sever (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep) and Vincej (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) represent the 145th and 146th times a Wave has been drafted by a MLB club since the amateur draft was instituted in 1954.
The 2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, Sever led the conference with .417 batting average in conference play. He was second in the league with 86 hits and second with 53 RBI. He also finished with a .366 batting average and his slugging percentage of .620 was second in the WCC. Sever was also named to the All-WCC team for the third time in his career. He also earned his first all-american status after being named a Third Team All-American by Collegiate baseball.
Sever becomes the sixth Wave to be drafted by the Indians, the last being right handed pitcher Cole Cook in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. He becomes the third Wave second baseman to be drafted by the Indians, after 2B/SS David Uribes was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2006 draft and Damon Katz was drafted in the 17th round of the 2000 draft.
Vincej was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year and earned his first All-WCC honor of his career. The junior had an impressive .986 fielding percentage, only making four errors in 49 games. He was second on the team with a .339 batting average and he led the WCC with 18 doubles. Overall he collected 23 RBI. He has also recently been named a top-five finalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame Brooks Wallace Award, given to the top collegiate shortstop.
Vincej joins current teammate Jon Moscot (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Cuesta College/Palisades Charter HS) as a 2012 draft selection of the Reds, after Moscot was drafted in the fourth round on Tuesday. Vincej becomes the first shortstop and just the fourth Wave overall to ever be selected by the Reds.
Two 2012 NLI signees for the Waves were also drafted by MLB clubs. Shortstop Trey Williams (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) was taken in the 11th round by the St. Louis Cardinals as the 360th overall pick. Right handed pitcher Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) was taken as the 1066th overall pick in the 35th round by the Pittsburg Pirates.