Mike O’Reilly, a 2012 Shoreham-Wading River graduate, was drafted in the 27th Round of the Major League Baseball Draft Saturday by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was followed shortly afterward by former Riverhead pitcher Matt Crohan, who was taken in the 32nd Round by the Cincinnati Reds.
Nick Ahmed, who played for the University of Connecticut when he was a member of the Westhampton Aviators in 2009, was the first Hamptons League player to reach the big leagues. (Credit: Steve Slade/UConn Athletics)
Brett Mauser had hoped the milestone moment would have come late last summer when Major League Baseball rosters expanded and clubs began calling up players from their farm system. Alas, it never happened.
As the 2014 MLB season unfolded, it quickly became apparent that the race was on. The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, now in its seventh year, was on the verge of seeing its first former player called up to the majors. (more…)