June 6, 2014
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Pitcher Jordan Foley became the highest Central Michigan draft pick in more than a decade Friday when he was selected in the fifth round - 152nd overall - by the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball entry draft.
Foley, a junior right-hander, was the first player from Michigan or a Michigan college taken in the draft. He was also the first player from a Mid-American Conference school selected in the first two days of the draft.
Foley, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 223 pounds, went 6-5 in the 2014 season with a 3.69 earned run average. He led a staff that compiled a MAC-best 3.39 ERA.
He struck out 81 and walked 28 in 97 2/3 innings. He appeared in 15 games, all of them starts . Foley was a 26th round pick by the Yankees coming out of The Colony (Texas) High School in 2011.
He was CMU's Friday start, a role generally reserved for the staff's ace.
He is the Chippewas' highest draft choice since Chad Pleiness was selected with the 146th pick in 2002 by the Toronto Blue Jays. He is the 10th Chippewa to be taken in the first five rounds of the draft.
"His fastball's been up to 96 mph," CMU coach Steve Jaksa. "He's got a big, strong powerful arm that's going to get stronger, and he's going to maintain that velocity. He also throws a slider that's gotten better and better.
"The excitement for us is how much progress he made. He's gotten better every year and he continually improved his command and his secondary pitches. We are excited for him, we're happy for him."
Several other Chippewas are among those that may be drafted on Saturday, including left-handed pitcher Matt Trowbridge, catcher Tyler Huntey, first baseman/designated hitter Cody Leichman, and outfielder Nick Regnier.