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Hobart's Brandon Murray drafted by Phillies

2014-06-07T16:49:00Z 2014-06-07T21:06:19Z Hobart's Brandon Murray drafted by PhilliesHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

LAPORTE | Brandon Murray had just helped his team win a regional semifinal and was walking off Schreiber Field when the news came.

The senior was drafted in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball Entry Draft, picked by the Philadelphia Phillies to make him the first player in Hobart history to be drafted straight out of high school.

Murray committed to South Carolina before his junior baseball season, and he said he'll talk with his family before making a final decision about his future.

"There's a good chance I'll honor my commitment to South Carolina," Murray said. "I'll talk it over with my family and we'll decide. It's an incredible accomplishment for myself. I've set goals my whole life to make it to this day, it's an unbelievable feeling."

Murray threw a complete-game win against Penn to help his team to the regional championship, striking out eight, walking six and allowing two hits.

Murray hadn't yet checked his cell phone immediately after the win to see if the Phillies had called to tell him he was about to be selected.

"If it happened, I knew it was going to be a little bit later (round)," Murray said. "I really had no idea. It's kind of shocking. Obviously it's a dream come true, really. I didn't expect it, but it's a great feeling, especially after a win like that."

Murray was the highest local pick made on the third day of the draft. He was joined by other local high school players and some former Northwest Crossroads Conference foes.

Purdue sophomore Jordan Minch was selected by the Cubs in the 35th round. He's eligible because of his birthday – he turns 21 in June – but also has an opportunity to play this summer with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the wood bat Cape Cod League.

Bishop Noll senior Larry Crisler was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 35th round, hours after his team lost to Lafayette Central Catholic in the Class 2A regional semifinal. Crisler has already signed to take his talents to Indiana University in the fall.

Former Valparaiso High pitcher Jerrick Suiter, now at Texas Christian, was picked in the 26th round by the Pirates. He was also drafted after his senior year of high school, in the 35th round by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Former Valparaiso High player Andrew Sykes was a 35th-round pick by the Kansas City Royals.

Valparaiso University junior Karch Kowalczyk was selected in the 37th round by the L.A. Dodgers. Kowalczyk had 11 saves and a 1.59 ERA with the Crusaders this season.

Prairie State College freshman catcher Kevin Reiher was a 24th-round pick by the Braves. He is the first PSC player ever selected in the entry draft. This season, he helped lead the Pioneers to a second consecutive NJCAA Region IV Sectional title. He threw out 23 of 26 would-be base stealers in 2014. He also made just four errors in 178 total chances (.978 fielding percentage).

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