NEWARK, Del. - - A pair of All-Region performers from this past baseball season have linked up with the MLB Draft League and will begin competition this week with the start of the second half of the season.
All-Region outfielder John Mead and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year and All-Region right-hander Ryan Sandberg will continue their baseball ways this summer. The MLB Draft League is in its second year of existence, created by Major League Baseball and Prep Baseball Report to showcase top draft-eligible prospects.
Outfielder John Mead is playing with the State College Spikes out of University Park, Pennsylvania. Mead finished with a 1.124 OPS, finishing second on the team with a .369 batting average while leading the Wildcats with a .688 slugging percentage. His 19 doubles led the CACC and he ranks 18th in NCAA Division II in averaging 0.43 doubles per game. Of his 58 hits this season, 30 went for extra bases, as he added two triples and nine homers on the season. His 57 RBI are second most in the CACC, ranking 91st in all of NCAA Division II.
Starting pitcher Ryan Sandberg was picked up by the Trenton Thunder out of Trenton, New Jersey, home to the largest stadium in the league, which can house 6,440 people. Sandberg was named the CACC Pitcher of the Year after going 9-3 in 13 starts, tossing 78 innings and throwing a pair of complete games. He broke the program's single season record with 110 strikeouts this season, averaging 12.69 strikeouts per nine innings. He only walked 19 batters and finished with a 3.35 ERA. He is 21st in the country with a 5.79 strikeout to walk ratio while his 110 punchouts rank 13th in all of NCAA DII. He is also 64th overall with a 1.15 WHIP on the season.
The league's season is split into two halves, centered around the MLB Draft. The second half of the season will begin this week.
For more information please view the official website: https://www.mlbdraftleague.com/