They may be western boys at heart, but itâ€™s time to pack up the bags and move east, because they have the opportunity of a lifetime calling them to the Eastern Seaboard.
In the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, three Zags were selected by three different East Coast teams.
Cody Martin, Ryan Carpenter, and Cameron Edman were all drafted into the Major Leagues.
Martin, an ace closing pitcher this past season, was drafted in the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves.
With the 236th overall pick, the California native moved up nearly 400 spots from last yearâ€™s draft. In 2010 he was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 20th round, but chose to finish out his education and career at Gonzaga. Martin had 12 saves and a 2-1 record in his senior season.
Just four picks after Martin, Carpenter â€œCarp,â€ was chosen by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Considering his high round selection, and stellar season as a starting on the mound, it is likely that Carp will forgo his final season for the Zags to pursue a professional baseball career. Â The Arizona kid completed his season with an 8-2 record.
Edman was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 29th round of the draft.
The catcher from Montana broke through this past season topping the Gonzaga offense with a .346 batting average. He hit a team high of nine homeruns. Cam started all 52 games for the Zags and notched 402 putouts from behind the plate in his red-shirt senior season.
All three of the young men earned a multitude of honors this past season, including each of them making the All WCC First Team.
Carp was awarded the WCC Pitcher of the Year with his conference record of 5-1. He also led the league in strikeouts, at 107, which was 21st in the nation.
Martinâ€™s earned run average earned him national honors. He had the lowest ERA in the country at 0.86. In conference play, he nearly cut that number in half with an impressive 0.47 in 20 innings. He was also named to Baseball Americaâ€™s 2011 Mid-season All-American Team.
Edman collected numerous WCC awards throughout the season, including the player of the month title for April. His team high of 23 doubles propelled Gonzaga to a final record of 32-19-1.
As young boys in the west, they surely dreamt of making it to the Big Leagues. And now, the East beckons to answer that childhood dream for the three young men.