Picks 26-30

26. (802)  Arnoldi Cruz-3B-Palm Beach CC-6′-From the team website: A graduate from Santaluces HS in Lantana, he will hit 3rd in the lineup and share 3B. Tony was drafted by the Dodgers in 2005 and we feel he will get drafted again this year. One of 6 players from PBCC to be drafted this year.

27. (832) Brian Buck-OF-Santa Barbara CC-R/R-6′-Was 2nd Team All-Conference.  Hit .323/.438/.462 with 6 HRs and 29 RBIs in 158 ABs.

28. (862) Ross Oeder-2b-Wright State-5’8-R/R-Oeder was the 2007 Horizon League Player of the Year and was named to the Collegiate Baseball Magazine Second Team All-American had one of the most prolific seasons, both offensively and defensively, in school history.  Oeder was a First Team All-Conference selection this season and paced the Horizon League in batting average (.408), runs scored (79), stolen bases (25), total bases (148), on-base percentage (.496) and slugging percentage (.649). He ranked among the top-ten in every statistical category this season, ranking among the top-five in 11 of the 12.

29. (892) Charlie Pelt-1b-Georgia State-6″-L/R-Also is a catcher.  Pelt finished his career as Georgia State’s career leader in hits.  The senior completed his final year setting career-highs in batting average (369), hits (73), runs scored (40), and on base percentage (.453).  He had 10 HRs and 40 RBIs.  Pelt’s play earned him Second Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a first baseman.  He played both first base and catcher for the Panthers during his four years and will get looks at both positions.  The Marietta, Ga., native graduated from Georgia State last month.

30. (922) Nick Derba-C-Manhattan-5’10-R/R-Derba received First Team All-MAAC honors for the third straight season after posting a .281 batting average, 30 RBI, and a team-leading 11 home runs, which placed him among the national leaders.  The College Point, N.Y. native tallied 212 career hits, which places him third on the Manhattan all-time list.  The three-year captain’s acumen extends beyond the offensive end, as the catcher threw out 16 runners on steal attempts, picked off seven more, and handled the pitching staff with the lowest team ERA in the conference.  He graduated as the career leader in runs scored, and also threw out 71 runners and picked off 25 more. 

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