MLB Drafted Mavs
Edward Cruz - 2013
Edward Cruz, former pitcher for the Seacoast Mavericks and Western Oklahoma State Junior College(Altus, OK) was drafted in the 34th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Draft by the Miami Marlins. He appeared in 14 games for the Gulf Coast League Marlins. He went 1-3 with an ERA of 7.59 in 21.1 innings pitched.
Dennis Torres - 2012
A former Seacoast Maverick and UMass Amherst pitcher, Dennis Torres was selcted in the 28th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, 852nd overall pick.
Dennis was assigned to play for the Orioles rookie affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. He pitched 2.1 innings, striking out 2 and allowing 2 hits before his season was cut short due to injury. In 2013, Dennis began the season rehabbing from a partial tear in his UCL. After rehabbing, he was assinged to the Orioles A-ball affiliate in the South Atlantic League, the Delmarva Shorebirds. In 25 appearances, 44.2 innings of work, he compiled an ERA of 3.22.
Michael Hashem - 2011
Michael Hashem, a left-handed pitcher from North Andover, MA, was drafted in the 35thround by the Atlanta Braves in the 2011 MLB Draft. Hashem, who played collegiately at Fisher College, elected to immediately begin his professional career for the Gulf Coast League Braves.
After a rough beginning, the 6-foot-1 Hashem settled down, only allowing one earned run in his last 10.2 innings pitched. He finished his rookie season with an 0-2 record and a 5.30 ERA.
PHOTO: Fisher College
Ruben Sosa - 2011
Ruben Sosa was selected in the 23rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. Sosa began his professional career for the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League (Rookie) and after 39 games, he was promoted to the Class A Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League for the duration of the 2011 season.
Although Sosa was drafted before donning a Seacoast uniform, the resident of Lawrence, MA, left a positive impression with the Arend family, who were scheduled to host him for the summer.
Sosa finished his rookie season with a .239 average and 20 RBI's.
(Photo: Sosa with Mavericks U13 Club player Jack Arend)
Jerico Weitzel - 2008
Jerico Weitzel earned a spot on the 2011 Futures Collegiate Baseball League post season all-star team as an outfielder for his solid play and hustle. Weitzel is also the first former MLB draft pick to play for the Seacoast Mavericks. Selected out of high school in the 27th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, he opted to turn down the opportunity to begin his professional career and enrolled at the University of Florida. Weitzel subsequently transferred to Clarion University (PA).
During the Mavericks inaugural season, he batted .214 with one home run and 6 RBI’s, while leading the team with 18 stolen bases in 40 games.