Another day, another West York High School graduate has been selected in the major league baseball draft.
A day after Brett Kinnneman got picked in the seventh round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kinnneman's former teammate with the Bulldogs, Cash Gladfelter, was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 27th round on Wednesday. He was the 808th pick overall.
Both graduated from West York in 2015.
"In the winter, when we were working out, we talked about it," Gladfelter said about the possibility of getting drafted this season. "We've been best friends since we were 5 or 6. Getting drafted the same year as your best friend is something you always dream about."
When he got the call that he was drafted, Gladfelter was speechless.
"Honestly, I blacked out," he said. "I got the call and I was amazed. I honestly didn't know what to say. I was very thankful."
Gladfelter batted .324 this season for Shippensburg University with four home runs, 11 doubles and 33 RBIs. His five triples tied for second in the Atlantic Region.
Defensively, the 6-foot, 4-inch, 195-pound junior had a team-high 111 assists from his spot at shortstop. Gladfelter had an especially strong conclusion to the season. Over his final 25 games, he hit .414 with 12 extra-base hits, 21 RBIs, 10 walks (.471 on-base percentage) and scored 23 runs.
"I had a decent season (with Shippensburg), but it could've been better," Gladfelter said. "But at the end of the season, I played the way I wanted to play."
Gladfelter said we will sign with the Mariners and will travel to Arizona on Friday. He's not sure what minor league team he'll be assigned to or what position he'll play. It could be infield, outfield or even pitching — something he hasn't done regularly since high school.
"I am very excited to get started," He said. "It's an amazing opportunity. I can't begin to thank everyone in my life for everything they've done for me."
Kinneman: Kinneman, meanwhile, played with North Carolina State this season. The junior outfielder started all 60 games this season for the Wolfpack while posting a .274 batting average with 64 hits, with 17 of those homers. He also drove in 61 runs and scored 52.
Kinneman said he expects to sign with the Pirates, but nothing was etched in stone yet. He expects to be a corner outfielder.
"I'm thankful for the opportunity," he said. "It's been a dream of mine since I was little. I'm really blessed."
He said the fact that he got to spend Tuesday with his parents made it really special, especially considering the many sacrifices they made for him.
When Kinneman heard that Gladfelter was drafted the very next day, it only added to the significance of the week.
"His growth spurt hit later than most and he's just gotten better," Kinneman said of his friend. "I'm ecstatic for him and his family. He deserves everything coming his way."
Kinneman said the reaction in the West York community has been "awesome."
"West York is a pretty special place," he said. "So many people have reached out. It's always been a tight-knit community."
Before this season, the last West York player picked in the draft was catcher Trent Kline, who was selected in 2003 (Expos, 39th round) and 2007 (Giants, 49th round).
Burchett: Another player who was thought to be a draft prospect, Red Lion's Tyler Burchett, was not selected in the draft.
Burchett is a 6-foot, 6-inch, 220-pound right-handed pitcher, whose fastball has been clocked the mid-90s. He's already signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Kentucky. He said previously that he would sign with an MLB team only if they offered him third-round money.
That combination of factors may have led teams to bypass him in the draft. They may have assumed that once he didn't get picked in the first three rounds, he would go to college, rather than sign with a pro team.
Burchett has led Red Lion (16-7) into the PIAA Class 6-A quarterfinals. The Lions will take on La Salle College High School at 4 p.m. Monday at Manheim Township High School.
For the season, Burchett is 6-1 with a 0.94 ERA. In 52 innings, he has 78 strikeouts and 16 walks. In a first-round state game on Tuesday, Burchett pitched a five-hit shutout vs. Bethlehem Freedom, striking out seven. Red Lion won the game, 1-0.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.