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Draft update: Lefty Ferrara goes in seventh

The baseball draft is back underway, and it didn't take long for another USF signee to be taken. Left-handed pitcher Anthony Ferrara of Riverview went to the Cardinals in the seventh round, which should be high enough to keep him from making it to campus this fall.

Ferrara is the second USF signee to be drafted, following catcher Adrian Nieto in the fifth round. Ferrara obviously could keep his commitment to the Bulls, hoping to land a higher bonus in three years, but the 215th player in last year's draft, for comparison, got a $120,000 signing bonus, according to Baseball America.

Bulls junior right-hander Daniel Thomas is likely the next USF player to be picked. We'll keep posting updates throughout the day ...

-- While we're writing about baseball: Former USF pitcher John Vigue has been named baseball coach at St. Petersburg Catholic, athletic director John Gerdes announced Friday.

"John Vigue has been around successful baseball programs since before he

was five years old,” Gerdes said in a statement. “Whether it was watching his father lead championship teams, or playing for USF teams that reached NCAA Tournament play, or coaching at St. Petersburg College, Dunedin, Seminole and Palm Harbor University, he has been involved in success. But what really makes him stand out is his passion for instruction. He will be a tremendous instructor of the game for our players at SPC."

Vigue, 29, was the pitching coach at SPC this past season, and was previously a head coach at Palm Harbor University High and assistant at Dunedin and Seminole, also in Pinellas County.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:27pm]


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