Alex Haines was excited about being part of the Major League Baseball draft this past weekend. But things didn't go as planned.
The Seton Hill University junior and 2010 Hempfield graduate was expecting to be a possible Day 2 selection (between Rounds 3 and 10), according to the Perfect Game scouting service.
But Haines didn't go on the second day, and he started to get worried when Day 3 was hitting the 30th round.
“It turned out to be unexpectedly stressful, and I didn't know why,” Haines said.
But finally, in Round 33, the Colorado Rockies selected him.
“If you told me before the draft that Alex wouldn't go until Day 3, I would have been surprised,” Seton Hill coach Mark Marizzaldi said. “We were under the impression that everyone liked him. But teams' medical staff has the final say, and they red flagged him.”
Haines said he found out teams backed off him because they were concerned about his two elbow surgeries, the second coming in October 2012 to remove some bone fragments.
So, instead of Haines signing right away with the Rockies, he has decided to play for the Cotuit Kettlers in the Massachusetts-based Cape Cod Baseball League, where he hopes to prove himself again.
“The Rockies are going to send scouts to watch me,” Haines said. “I'm motivated to pitch well. If I pitch well enough, I can sign with the Rockies later in the summer.”
Marizzaldi said Haines knows what to expect after playing in the Northeast League in 2012.
“He's very motivated to prove he's well enough to pitch,” Marizzaldi said. “I want to see the best for Alex. I expect him to do well and sign. If not and he decides to come back to Seton Hill, that will be good for our program.”
Haines has until Aug. 15 to sign with the Rockies.
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.
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