Cal State Dominguez Hills’ junior shortstop Cody Puckett led a group of nine California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) players that were selected on Day 2 of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that concluded on Friday.
Puckett was an eighth round pick (239th overall) of the Cincinnati Reds. Sonoma State, which captured the CCAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships, had a conference-high four players selected. Seawolves who had their names called were Travis Babin (New York Mets – 16th round), Konrad Thieme (Florida Marlins – 23rd round), Kevin Asselin (Chicago White Sox – 30th round) and Matt Means (San Diego – 37th round).
The list of CCAA players drafted also included Cal State Stanislaus’ Marquis Fleming (Tampa Bay – 24th round); Cal State L.A.’s Henry Contreras (Seattle – 24th round), Chico State’s Kyle Woodruff (San Francisco – 27th round) and Cal State San Bernardino’s Matt Long (Tampa Bay – 34th round).
The following are capsules on each player taken Friday:
Cody Puckett, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Jr., SS (Cincinnati Reds; 8th round; 239th overall): Puckett was a first team All-CCAA selection after batting .337 with 17 home runs, 49 RBI and conference-leading totals of 61 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. The Toros’ shortstop also ranked second in the CCAA in home runs and walks (42), and tied for second in total bases (130). He was sixth in slugging percentage (.644) and eighth in on-base percentage (.462).
Travis Babin, Sonoma State, Jr., RHP (New York Mets; 16th round; 494th overall): Babin played a utility role for the Seawolves as he saw time on the mound and as an infielder. He batted .329 with six home runs and 20 RBI. Babin was named the CCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after batting .428 (6-for-14) with four runs scored, six RBI and three home runs in three games. All six of his home runs came during the postseason. On the mound, Babin posted a 4-0 record, 4.25 ERA, and a team-high four saves in 29.2 innings. He had 33 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .277 average.
Konrad Thieme, Sonoma State, Sr., C (Florida Marlins; 23rd round; 688th overall): Thieme garnered second team All-American honors and was a first team All-CCAA and All-West Region selection after batting .317 with team-high totals of 19 home runs, 64 RBI and 15 doubles. He led the CCAA in home runs and was second in RBI and slugging percentage (.710). Thieme’s 19 home runs in 2008 rank fourth on Sonoma State’s single-season list and 27 career round trippers are fourth all-time in Seawolves history.
Marquis Fleming, Cal State Stanislaus, Sr., RHP (Tampa Bay Rays; 24th round; 713th overall): Fleming turned in an outstanding senior campaign as he was named both CCAA and West Region Pitcher of the Year after posting an 11-5 record, 2.50 ERA and eight complete games. He logged 115 innings, struck out a single-season school-record 118 and walked just 45 while limiting the opposition to a .187 average. Fleming led the CCAA in innings pitched, opponents’ batting average and strikeouts. He was named CCAA Pitcher of the Week five times.
Henry Contreras, Cal State L.A., Sr., C (Seattle Mariners; 24th round; 732nd overall): Contreras batted .310 with three home runs and 28 RBI while playing in 50 games as a senior this past season. He also scored 25 runs for the Golden Eagles.
Kyle Woodruff, Chico State, Sr., RHP (San Francisco Giants; 27th round; 807th overall): Woodruff compiled an 8-4 record, 5.85 ERA and five saves in two seasons at Chico State. He went 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA while appearing in 18 games and starting four. Woodruff worked 47 innings, struck out 42 and walked 11. As a junior, he went 7-1 with a 5.67 ERA while making 16 starts and logging 73 innings.
Kevin Asselin, Sonoma State, Sr., RHP (Chicago White Sox; 30th round; 900th): Asselin earned second team All-CCAA and All-West Region honors after posting a 9-3 record and 3.55 ERA. He ranked third on the Seawolves with 75 strikeouts and led the club with three complete games. In two seasons at Sonoma State, Asselin went 11-5.
Matt Long, Cal State San Bernardino, Sr., RHP (Tampa Bay Rays; 34th round; 1,013th overall): Long posted a 6-7 record and 3.13 ERA as a senior in 2008. He pitched 100 2/3 innings, struck out 117 and walked 40 while starting 15 games and crafting three complete games. Long ranked second in the CCAA in strikeouts, fourth in innings pitched and fifth in opponents’ batting average (.233).
Matt Means, Sonoma State, Sr., LHP (San Diego Padres; 37th round; 1,125th overall): Means was named first team All-American, All-West Region and All-CCAA. He registered a 10-2 record and 1.85 ERA while starting 17 games as a senior. Means struck out 93 in 102 innings pitched. He led the CCAA in ERA, was third in opponents’ batting average (.223), innings pitched, strikeouts and tied for third in wins. He concluded his four-year Sonoma State career with a 15-9.