By: Shane Petagna (The University of Tampa), James Middleton (West Chester University)
After Tommy Troy, Enrique Bradfield Jr. and Joe Whitman all heard their names called on Day 1 of the 2023 MLB Draft, over a dozen former Cotuit Kettleers joined them on Monday.
CJ Kayfus: Round 3, Pick 93
The lefty out of Miami, CJ Kayfus, was selected to the Cleveland Guardians. The first-baseman played the 2022 summer with the Kettleers, hitting for an average of .302, with 14 runs batted in. In his final season at Miami, the lefty slashed for a line of .348/.464/.581.
Kade Morris: Round 3, Pick 101
New York Mets
As a Kettleer in 2022, the right-handed pitcher out of Nevada posted a 1.08 ERA over three starts. With the Wolfpack, Morris was selected All-Mountain West Second Team as a sophomore.
Isaiah Coupet: Round 4, Pick 109
Coupet spent two summers with Cotuit in 2022 and 2023. Over the two seasons, the southpaw out of Ohio State posted an 0.87 ERA as a reliever his first summer and made two starts this past June, where he struck out 11 and allowed one earned run over 7 ⅓ innings pitched. With the Buckeyes, Coupet struck out 98 batters in his sophomore season.
Calvin Harris: Round 4, Pick 116
Chicago White Sox
Five picks after Coupet, the backstop from Ole Miss Calvin Harris, was drafted. Harris joined the Ketts after winning the national championship in the 2022 college season. The catcher notched fourteen hits in his sixteen games at Lowell Park. With the Rebels this past year, he hit twelve home runs, the most in his collegiate career.
Quinn Mathews: Round 4, Pick 122
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals elected to go with Quinn Mathews, the left-hander from Stanford, in the fourth round. Mathews started four games in Cotuit during the 2021 summer, posting an ERA of 1.56. This past season the southpaw threw 156 pitches in a complete game win in Stanford’s super regional game against Texas.
Kyle Karros: Round 5, Pick 145
Kyle Karros, the UCLA Bruin, will stay on the west coast as the Colorado Rockies selected him in the fifth round. After spending the 2022 summer with the Ketts, where he appeared in eighteen games, the righty went and hit .284 for the Bruins. Karros was tied for the lead this season in home batting average as he hit .337 in home games.
Michael Carico: Round 5, Pick 149
Carico was an Opening Day starter where his grand slam against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox helped the Kettleers to an 8-6 win. At Davidson, the catcher had a career year in 2022 where he led the country with a .559 OBP and 1.202 OPS, was named to four All-America teams, and won the Wildcats’ first Atlantic 10 Player of the Year award.
Quinn McDaniel: Round 5, Pick 153
San Francisco Giants
The infielder from Maine was a two-time First-Team All-America East selection and set the single-season walk record in the conference with 60 base on balls.The Black Bear spent a brief time in Cotuit in 2023 as McDaniel tripled and stole two bases in four games.
Brock Rodden: Round 5, Pick 160
Rodden was a two-year standout at Wichita State and was a 2023 Opening Day starter for Cotuit. With the Shockers, the switch-hitter won the 2022 AAC Newcomer Position Player of the Year and was a Third-Team All-American a season later as he slashed .371/.474/.701. Rodden played in 11 games for the Kettleers where he stole five bases and posted a .763 OPS.
Jay Harry: Round 6, Pick 177
Another Opening Day starter for the 2023 Kettleers, Harry batted .324 in 12 games and finished with an .855 OPS. As a three-year starter at Penn State, the shortstop finished his last season with the Nittany Lions leading the team with 60 hits.
Ryan Bruno: Round 7, Pick 205
In 2022, Bruno appeared in four games with the Kettleers. The hard-throwing lefty posted an ERA of zero, striking out seven in his four appearances. For the Cardinal this year, he appeared in 30 games out of the bullpen, where he struck out 56 and walked 36 in his time on the mound.
Brett Bateman: Round 8, Pick 236
Bateman finished his 2023 summer with the Kettleers batting .500 and hitting safely in all 13 games played. The left-handed outfielder played his college ball at Minnesota where he was Second-Team All-Big Ten and stole a team-high 17 bases in 2023. Bateman finished eighth in the conference with a .354 batting average.
Eddie Park: Round 8, Pick 239
Chicago White Sox
The final Cotuit and Stanford draftee was Eddie Park. Park wore the Cotuit pinstripes for 26 games in the 2022 season. With the Ketts, he hit for a line of .284/.396/.309 and drew fifteen walks in his time at Lowell Park. Back at Stanford, he hit above .300 for the second year in a row and struck out just 25 times in 276 at-bats.
Zach Fruit: Round 9, Pick 271
Fruit played for Cotuit in the 2021 season, where he appeared in twelve games, making one start. The right-hander went 3-0 and had an ERA of 4.15 while playing for the Kettleers. After transferring from Eastern Michigan, Fruit played his junior season at Troy. Fruit went 6-1, punching out 62 batters this past season for the Trojans.
RJ Schreck: Round 9, Pick 277
After his junior season with the Duke Blue Devils, RJ Schreck played for the Kettleers during the 2021 season. He hit for a line of .231/.423/.333 in fourteen games. After his senior season at Duke, the lefty transferred to Vanderbilt for his graduate season. He posted some of the best numbers of his career as he hit for an average of .306 with 59 RBIs, the most of his college career.
Adam Boucher: Round 10, Pick 303
Tampa Bay Rays
Boucher appeared in seven games for the Kettleers in 2022 where he struck out sixteen batters in 15 ⅓ innings pitched. A three-year player at Duke, the 6-foot-5 right-hander held opponents to a .217 batting average in his career.