Update: Rhett Wiseman was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 25th round of the MLB Draft (764th overall).
On Monday night, BB&N senior Rhett Wiseman had friends over to watch the MLB Draft. After the first 60 picks concluded day one and Wiseman’s name wasn’t called, the center fielder was not disappointed. When day two of the draft was also completed and Wiseman still was not selected, it was something he expected.
“Teams knew what it was going to take to sign me,” said Wiseman. “You set a number and stick to it. I wasn’t going to lower what I value myself at. I knew my number may be too high so I was ok with not getting drafted.”
With the new collective bargaining agreement making it hard for MLB teams to sign players drafted after the 10th round to contracts greater than $100,000, Wiseman knows his number will not be met. It means that instead of turning pro, Wiseman is now 100 percent sure he will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall, the school at which he committed to a baseball scholarship his sophomore year.
“I hopefully have the three best years of my life ahead of me at Vanderbilt and hopefully in three years I will have the chance to be drafted again,” said Wiseman.
The choice was not an easy one.
“This past week and a half has been really tough and emotional. During the season you think of how awesome it would be to get drafted, but it’s not real until two days before when you have to make a tough decision,” said Wiseman. “If you tell teams a price you stick to it.”
This summer Wiseman will play for the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League along with other college players. During the Rox 56 game schedule, Wiseman will accumulate 200-250 at bats.
“It will be my first time facing college pitching every night,” said Wiseman. “It will put me in midseason form for when I go to Vanderbilt.”
Medford native Ben Waldrip was drafted Tuesday in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. Waldrip just completed his senior year at Jacksonville State University, hitting .330 while leading the team in home runs (18) and RBIs (61).
The slugging first baseman played at Medford High and was named the Greater Boston League MVP after hitting over .400 in his senior season. He was a GBL all-star for three years finishing his high school career with a .357 batting average and 12 homers. He also lettered in football and basketball at Medford.
Last summer Waldrip played for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape League. He was named the starting first baseman for the Eastern Division All-Star team and was second on the Cape in home runs (6) and RBI (23) while batting .276 on the season. Waldrip also played two summers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the North Shore Navigators and was named an NECBL All-Star in 2009.
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