Posted by: bhyman | June 21, 2008

2008 Draft Team, Part VIII

This is the final installment of the draft team unveiling.

47. Cory Harrilchak, rf, Elon

Harrilchak’s numbers were the stuff of legends. He finished his junior campaign hitting .410/.492/.678 with 11 home runs. He was the first Elon player since 1988 to finish the year with a .400 batting average or better. Harrilchak also tied the program record with 71 runs and placed third in school history with 84 hits in 2008. He also earned several national honors, including a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Atlantic Region Second-Team and First Team All-SoCon and was named the SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He also spent 66 2/3 innings on the mound, but he’s not a pro pitching prospect because he allowed 12 home runs in 15 appearances. Harrilchak’s a bit undersized at 5-foot-11, but he has a strong arm and can play outfield in the minor leagues. He was not drafted and will return to the Phoenix for his senior season.

48. Hank Robertson, rhp, Texas A&M

Actual selection: Undrafted

Kirkland Rivers and Brian Ruggiano may have been drafted, but Robertson was as important to the Aggies’ 46-19 record and NCAA Super Regional berth as any. As a short-reliever, Robertson held opponents to a 3.75 ERA, with 26 strikeouts and seven walks in 24 innings. He pitched at North Central Texas College for two seasons before transferring to College Station prior to the ’08 season. At North Central, Robertson set the school record with 26 saves and made his junior college’s All Conference Second-team. He was not drafted in ’08 and will return to the back of the Aggies bullpen as a senior in ’09.

49. Luke Demko, rhp, Rhode Island

Actual selection: Undrafted

Demko is a monster at 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds. The Gilford, New Hampshire native is more than simply a physical specimen, however. He held opponents scoreless over four consecutive appearances in early March, allowing only three hits in that stretch. He has been dominant all season, too, posting a 2.30 ERA with 55 strikeouts and seven walks over 43 innings in his lone campaign for the Rhodies. These numbers should be tempered by URI’s relatively soft schedule as they play in the weak Atlantic 10 conference. Rhode Island plays in an extreme pitchers’ park, but it’s still worth giving Demko his due. No MLB team did, however, and Demko will return to Kingston for another season.

50. Bradley Chovanec, rhp, Texas-San Antonio

Actual selection: Undrafted

Our Mr. Irrelevant is the 6-foot-4 Chovanec. He may look like an ordinary junior college transfer whose ERA has hovered around 5.00 in two seasons with the Roadrunners. Closer inspection reveals that the Blinn Junior College transfer is much better than that ERA; he struck out 63 and walked 20 in 2008. His nine wins tied for second in the Southland Conference and in UTSA history and he was fourth in conference with 98 innings pitched and three complete games. Chovanec won SLC Pitcher of the Week honors twice in the ’08 season and graduated with a 3.91 GPA in kinesiology.  The Burton, Texas native was not drafted.

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