Eastern's Flacco drafted by Phils

Posted: June 09, 2014

Tom Flacco was surprised and honored.

Flacco, an Eastern High School senior, was selected by the Phillies in the 32d round of the MLB draft Saturday.

"I didn't even know they were following me," Flacco said. "It's a great honor."

Flacco, who has a football scholarship offer from Western Michigan, said he was likely to "play football" but didn't want to rule out signing with the Phillies until he had more discussions with the organization.

Flacco, a speedy lefthanded swinger, batted .506 with eight doubles, six triples, and 30 RBIs as a shortstop for Eastern. He is the brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Phillies selected another South Jersey player in the 36th round: Moorestown centerfielder Tom Gamble, son of the Eagles executive of the same name and grandson of the late Harry Gamble, the former Eagles general manager.

St. Augustine lefthander Zach Warren, a Tulane recruit, was selected by the Pirates in the 22d round.

Lower Cape May righthander Josh Pennington was drafted by the Red Sox in the 29th and said he was "100 percent" committed to signing.

Delsea righthander Bryan Dobzanski, a Louisville recruit, was selected by the Cardinals in the 29th round, and Bishop Eustace lefthander Devin Smeltzer, a Florida Gulf Coast recruit, was picked by the Padres in the 33d.

Holy Cross catcher David Noworyta, son of Phillies assistant player personnel director Steve Noworyta, was chosen by the Royals in the 37th round.

Also in the 37th, Garnet Valley senior shortstop Andrew Bechtold, a Maryland recruit, was taken by Texas.

Some local college players and college players with local ties also were chosen on the draft's final day.

State College of Florida righthanded closer Scott Williams, a graduate of Conestoga, was tabbed by the Rangers in the 11th round.

Cincinnati righthander Connor Walsh (Radnor) went to the White Sox in the 12th round. Liberty first baseman Ryan Seiz (Christopher Dock) was picked by the Angels in the 17th round, and Pittsburgh righthander Joe Harvey (Kennedy-Kenrick) was chosen by the Yankees in the 19th.

St. Joseph's righthander Jordan Carter (Methacton) went to the Indians in the 22d round. The 6-4 senior was named the Atlantic Ten's pitcher of the year this season after going 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA.

Florida senior righthander Keenan Kish (Germantown Academy) went to Cincinnati in the 34th round.


Inquirer staff writers Rick O'Brien and John N. Mitchell contributed to this article.

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