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MLB draft roundup: River Ridge's Heinrich taken in fifth round

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Tue. June 9, 2015 | Rodney Page and Kelly Parsons

MLB draft roundup: River Ridge's Heinrich taken in fifth round

The Tampa Bay area had three players taken Monday in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft: Plant OF Kyle Tucker (5th, Houston Astros), Bloomingdale alum/current Florida Gator SS Richie Martin (20th, Oakland A’s) and Plant RHP Jake Woodford (39th, St. Louis Cardinals). Here are the current/former local high school and small college players drafted on Day 2: 

OF Jason Heinrich, River Ridge (5th, 163rd, Orioles): Heinrich said he expected to be drafted between the third and sixth rounds, so his selection by the Orioles was not a surprise. 

“It was a relief to see my name,’’ he said. 

Prior to the draft, he discussed with his family what he would do if he were to be drafted high. He decided he would turn professional and bypass a scholarship to UCF. Heinrich said he would sign with the Orioles soon and report to the Gulf Coast League in Sarasota. 

“There will be something in the contract that will allow me to continue my education,’’ Heinrich said. “I’m going to give this my best shot."

Heinrich is an all-around player who concentrated on the outfield this season for the Royal Knights. He hit .437 with 22 RBIs, seven doubles, four triples and three home runs. He pitched much more his junior year but was limited to just 15 innings this season.

Heinrich is being drafted for his outfield play and offensive power. He is ranked 179th on MLB.com’s top 200 prospect list. The site said Heinrich is a “big risk, big reward kind of high school bat, one with a ton of raw power." 

As the 163rd pick, Heinrich is slotted to earn a signing bonus of $310,500.

RHP Jimmy Herget, Jefferson/USF (6th, 175th, Reds): As the Bulls’ ace last season, Herget, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound junior, finished with a 10-3 record and 2.92 ERA while striking out 113 in 101 ⅔ innings pitched. He had big games against Seton Hall (12 strikeouts and two hits in eight innings) and FAU (first NCAA tournament win), and became the 13th USF pitcher to have a 10-win season. In his time at Jefferson under longtime coach Pop Cuesta, Herget posted two straight sub-2.00 ERA seasons his junior and senior years, finishing with a 6-0 record in 2011 as the Dragons finished 22-5.

RHP Chase Ingram, Wesley Chapel/Hillsborough CC (6th, 179th, Mets): In 15 appearances, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound sophomore threw 120 strikeouts with a 1.88 ERA and 11-1 record. His senior year at Wesley Chapel, Ingram finished with a 1.05 ERA and a county-best 116 strikeouts. MLB.com says: “While Ingram has often pitched out of the stretch, he has the stuff and command to continue profiling as a starter, albeit one in the back end of a rotation.”

RHP Eric Hanhold, East Lake/Florida (6th, 181st, Brewers):  Hanhold was 7-3 with a 1.14 ERA in his senior season at East Lake. He was 0-4 with a 5.88 ERA as a freshman. He moved to more of a relief role as a sophomore and was 4-3 with a 4.2 ERA and three saves in 25 appearances. This season, he has pitched 25 innings and has a 4.26 ERA. Hanhold had the distinction of being the last player drafted in the 2012 MLB draft (40th round, 1,238th overall by the Phillies).

INF Conner Hale, Mitchell/LSU (9th, 275th, Mariners): Hale has played a major role in helping LSU to the College World Series. A senior, Hale has played in 61 games and is hitting .343 with 17 doubles and 56 RBIs. Prior to joining LSU, Hale played two seasons at State College of Florida. While at Mitchell, Hale hit .505 as a senior in 2011 to lead the country.

INF Andrew Brodbeck, Dunedin/Flagler (9th, 281st, Cardinals): Brodbeck played four seasons at Flagler. As a senior, he hit .384 with 18 doubles, five home runs and 32 RBIs. He ends his college career with a .346 batting average, 13 home runs and 82 RBI. Brodbeck hit .469 in his senior year at Dunedin.

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