The Cumberland County College Baseball program is honored to annouce that two players, one current and one former, have been selected in this year's MLB Draft. Former standout Cody Stashak was selected in 13th round by the Minnesota Twins and the Cincinnati Reds picked up sophomore Joe Zanghi in the 24th round.
Stashak, now throwing at St. John's University (NY), exceled in his two years at Cumberland, posting a 15-5 career record with a 3.12 ERA, including 129 strikeouts in 125 innings pitched. In his sophomore season with the Dukes, Stashak was named an NJCAA All-American and helped lead Cumberland to the 2014 National Championship Game. The former Dukes and current St. John's right-hander was just named a First-Team All-Big East selection for his performance this past season for the Red Storm.
Head Coach and Athletic Director Keith Gorman on Stashak:
"Cody was part of our first recruiting class. He was a recruit we wanted badly. We promised him he would develop into a Division 1 talent if he put in the work. Cody certainly put in the work. He is everything we want here at CCC. He graduated with well over a 3.0, worked hard on the field, good citizen in our community and was his best in our biggest games"
Sophomore Joe Zanghi, a transfer from the University of Connecticut, just came off an impressive season with the Dukes recording an ERA of 1.70 and 81 strikeouts in 63 and 1/3 innings. Zanghi finished the season with a streak of 21 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, striking out 26 batters over that span. Zanghi was named a unanimous First-Team All-Region 19 selection.
Gorman on Zanghi: "Joe made major strides as a baseball player and as a person in his one year at Cumberland. I think he is an extremely talented young man who has a bright future in front of him. Joe has as plus pitch that can get big league hitters out right now. Joe worked hard through an injury early and became a respected captain of our team in the process."
Stashak and Zanghi became the second and third draft picks to come out of Cumberland County College and the first two since Ryan Doolittle, who was picked in the 2008 Draft. Coach Gorman feels that both hurlers have a shot at success in baseball after college. "Both of these young men have similar qualities in that they are intrinsically motivated and they also understand improvement in baseball is a process that takes work. They are both going to and have already made this college proud."