Joel Seddon, a St. Clair native, saved 14 games this year, his junior season. He'll sign with the A's soon. (University of South Carolina)
In a modest apartment in Columbia, S.C., a short jaunt from Carolina Stadium, lived four University of South Carolina baseball players.
And each one of the roommates was selected in the first 11 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft, which concluded Saturday.
The Tigers drafted the first two Friday, catcher Grayson Greiner and third baseman Joey Pankake, in the third and seventh rounds, respectively. Then the Twins took center fielder Tanner English in the 11th round Saturday.
And finally, later in the 11th round, right-hander Joel Seddon, the St. Clair, Mich., native, was selected by the A’s.
“Pretty exciting,” said Seddon, “just to see us all go.”
Seddon, 21, confirmed he will sign with the A’s and skip his senior season. He plans to fly out to Arizona within the week to finish some paperwork, and then should be assigned to the A’s short-season rookie-ball team in Vermont.
It puts an end to an impressive collegiate career for the 6-foot, 170-pound Seddon, who started most of his first two years before shifting to closer as a junior. In 2014, he made second-team All-SEC, going 3-2 with a 1.66 ERA in 27 games. He had 14 saves and 59 strikeouts in 48.2 innings, to just 12 walks.
He throws four pitches, should the A’s decide to make him a starter again. His fastball sits low 90s, and he also throws a curveball, slider and change-up.
Seddon was one of at least 16 players with Michigan ties to be taken in the MLB draft, which lasted 40 rounds. The University of Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan and Oakland each had two players drafted, a first for Oakland since the Golden Grizzlies had three players selected in 2004.
Seddon was in Michigan for the draft, hanging at his grandparents’ home in Sandusky, in the Thumb. He watched closely Friday, but didn’t see his name. Then the A’s called Saturday morning, and the parties started negotiating.
Still, he said, “It was a little bit of a surprise when I saw my name pop up on the Internet.”
Seddon comes from a very athletic family. His brother Brad played baseball at Michigan, his sister Kari softball at Central Michigan. All three siblings are all over the record books at St. Clair High School.
Going, going, gone
A look at Michigan players drafted in the 2014 MLB draft:
|5||NYY||Jordan Foley||RHP||Central Michigan|
|6||STL||Andrew Sohn||SS||Western Michigan|
|11||OAK||Joel Seddon||RHP||South Carolina-1|
|11||CHW||Zachary Fish||OF||Oklahoma State-2|
|13||BAL||Matt Trowbridge||LHP||Central Michigan|
|15||CIN||Jimmy Pickens||RF||Michigan State|
|23||PHI||Joel Fisher||C||Michigan State|
|29||CHW||Evin Einhardt||RHP||Brewton Parker (Ga.)-4|
|29||ATL||Dazon Cole||RHP||West Bloomfield HS|
|31||DET||Grant Reuss||LHP||Cranbrook-Kingswood HS-5|
|34||DET||Sammy Stevens||C||Brother Rice HS|
Key — 1-Attended St. Clair High School; 2-Attended Gull Lake High School; 3-Attended Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School; 4-Attended Battle Creek Lakeview High School; 5-Committed to Michigan