Garnet Valley's DeCarlo heads list of locals drafted

Posted: June 06, 2012

Day 2 of Major League Baseball's amateur draft turned out to be a memorable one for a local high school standout and a number of college players with area ties.

Garnet Valley High shortstop Joe DeCarlo was tabbed with the fourth selection of Tuesday's second round, going to the Seattle Mariners with the 64th overall pick.

This season, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound DeCarlo, projected to be a third baseman at the next level, batted about .460 for the Jaguars. A four-year starter, he is a powerful hitter with an above-average arm.

"It's been a lifelong dream to play professional baseball," DeCarlo, who has a scholarship offer from the University of Georgia, said on Sunday. "Giving it a crack right away is something that I'll have to think about."

Wake Forest's Tim Cooney, a product of Malvern Prep, was the first local player picked from the college ranks. The 6-3, 195-pound southpaw was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round (No. 117 overall).

South Carolina's Christian Walker, a heavy-hitting first baseman and Kennedy-Kenrick graduate, went to the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round (132d overall). Through Sunday, the 6-0, 220-pounder was batting .319 with 53 RBIs, 44 runs, 11 home runs, and 11 doubles.

The Cleveland Indians drafted Joe Wendle, a senior second baseman for Division II champion West Chester, in the sixth round (No. 203 overall). The Avon Grove graduate batted .399 with 64 runs, 59 RBIs, 19 doubles, and 12 homers this season for the Golden Rams.

In the seventh round, with the No. 224 overall pick, the Chicago Cubs took Virginia infielder Steve Bruno. The 5-9, 175-pounder started his high school career at St. Joseph's Prep and finished at Gloucester Catholic.

Bruno, who lives in Audubon, is a redshirt sophomore who batted .370 this season and tied a Virginia record with 23 doubles. He also hit six home runs and led the Cavaliers with 54 RBIs. He batted .380 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, second best in the league.

In his second year removed from Marple Newtown, Chris Kirsch, a sophomore lefthander for Lackawanna College in Scranton, was taken in the 14th round (No. 452 overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays.

It is the third straight year that the 6-3, 195-pound Kirsch has been drafted. He was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates (13th round) in 2010 and by the Cardinals (21st round) last year.

Penn senior righthander Vince Voiro, a Cherry Hill West graduate, was taken in the 15th round (No. 469 overall) by the Oakland A's. This season for the Quakers, he went 5-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 69 innings.

Penn State southpaw Joe Kurrasch, a redshirt senior, went to the San Francisco Giants in the eighth round (268th overall).

The 40-round draft will continue Wednesday at noon, beginning with the 16th round.

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Staff writer Phil Anastasia contributed to this article.

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