The Rollins baseball team had their best draft in decades when four pitchers were selected by Major League Baseball clubs on June 5th. It was the most Tars taken in one draft since 1996, when five players were chosen. Here is a look at how they have been doing during their first few months of pro ball.
(All stats through July 31)
West Virginia Black Bears
Class A Short Season
Leonard was selected in the 15th round of the draft this season by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 22 year-old debuted for the Black Bears on June 18th, and has held the role of closer for the team ever since. He has made eleven appearances thus far, and sports a 2-0 record with four saves. In 16.2 innings, opposing hitters are managing a weak .172 batting average, and have only managed to score five times. Leonard has 16 strikeouts against five walks, and a 2.70 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP.
Bluefield Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays
Robbins finished third in the Sunshine State Conference with 105 strikeouts, and earned the Blue Jays 20th round selection. Things are looking good for the southpaw early on as he not yet allowed a run in seven innings of work. Robbins has scattered six hits, walked zero batters and struck out ten in his three appearances. Most impressive is his ability to find the strike zone … of the 49 pitches he has thrown, 45 have been for strikes.
Class A Short Season
Enck was the Friday starter for the Tars, and was selected by the Rockies in the 27th round of the draft. He made his debut on June 18th with a scoreless inning for the Hawks, and since then has pitched in 14 other games, the second most on the team. Enck has thrown 21 innings, sports a 1-1 record, and has struck out 15 batters.
The big lefty was second on the team in strikeouts, with 91 in 66.1 innings this spring. The Astros took a chance on Drennan in the 29th round, and sent him to the Gulf Coast Rookie League to work on his craft. After a bit of a rocky start, Drennan looks to be settling in. In his last appearance, Drennan tossed 1.2 scoreless innings, and struck out four of the five batters he faced.
In addition to the four rookies, the Tars have three other alumni playing in the minors.
GCL Phillies East
Auerbach signed as a free agent with Philadelphia following the 2018 season. He had a phenomenal debut year, posting a 1.59 ERA over 13 appearances. In 22.2 innings, he was 2-0, had three saves, and struck out 19 batters against only four walks. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury sidelines him, and he has not seen action in 2019.
Class A Advanced
Case was a 17th round pick of the Pirates in 2018, and has been flying through the minors. He has already pitched for five different Pirates affiliates in just over a year of work. After a solid 2018 that saw Case finish 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA, he started at A ball in 2019. After going 7-1 for Greensboro in 11 games, Case earned a South Atlantic League All-Star bid. Before he could play in the game, he was promoted to Class A+ Bradenton. Ince then, he has gone 3-3 in 45 innings with a 3.80 ERA and 30 strikeouts.
Class A Short
San Francisco Giants
Corbett was an 18th round pick in 2017 by the Giants after a phenomenal career with the Tars. He stayed in rookie ball for most of 2017, and then made it all the way to Class A+ in 2018, where he ended his season with a .252 batting average. He was 13 games into the 2019 campaign before an injury forced him to miss more than two months of playing time. He recently started a rehab campaign with Salem-Kaizer, and will look to be back on the upper level roster soon.
We would also like to recognize Anthony Trovato '19 who signed with the Westside Woolly Mammoths of the United Shore Professional Baseball League in June.