Calfee, Sullivan Selected By LA Dodgers
Courtesy: ASU Sports Information
Angelo State first baseman Clay Calfee and third baseman Shan Sullivan became the first-ever Rams to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when both were tabbed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.
Calfee, who re-wrote the ASU career-record book in 2008, and Sullivan, who led the Rams in runs batted in this season, had to sit through the first day of the draft on Thursday without receiving a phone call from a major league club. On Friday, Calfee was picked in the 14th round while Sullivan was picked in the 32nd round.
Calfee is projected as an outfielder by the Dodgers while Sullivan was picked as a third baseman. In his three years at ASU, Calfee has spent most of his time at first base with some appearances as a starting pitcher. Sullivan has played his entire career on the left side of the diamond, splitting time between shortstop and third.
Calfee led the Rams in 2008 with a .418 batting average and banged out a record-tying 13 home runs. He also led the Lone Star Conference with 75 runs scored, 24 doubles and a .517 on-base percentage. Sullivan had his best year as a Ram leading the team with 74 runs batted in. Calfee was received a Daktronics All-America honorable mention and an ABCA South Central Region first team selection while Sullivan was selected to the South Central Region second team. Both players were named to the All-LSC first team in 2008.
Two other players with Angelo State ties were taken in the draft. Tommy Rafferty, who played on the 2006 LSC South Division championship team, was taken in the 28th round by the Tampa Bay Rays while Zack Stewart, who was at ASU in 2005, was taken in the third round by the Cincinnati Reds.