June 5, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina pitcher Josh Conway was selected in the fourth round (134th pick overall, sixth pick of the fourth round) by the Chicago Cubs in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft.
Conway (Smithsburg, Md.) is the seventh-highest Coastal Carolina player selected in the MLB Draft and the 10th Chanticleer over the last five years to be drafted within the top 10 rounds. Other top picks in CCU history include Mickey Brantley (35th overall pick in 1983; second round), Kirt Manwaring (35th overall pick in 1986; second round), Anthony Meo (63rd overall pick in 2011; second round), Mike Costanzo (65th overall pick in 2005; second round) John Rigos (78th overall pick in 1983; third round) and Larry Raskin (99th overall pick in 1979; fourth round).
Conway was voted second team All-Big South, marking his first all-league honor. The 2012 Preseason Big South Pitcher of the Year as voted by the league's coaches and Baseball America, Conway was dominant at times, but ultimately missed the last month due to Tommy John surgery. This season, Conway was 4-1 and he struck out 50 in 54.2 innings.
In 40 career games, Conway was 14-3 with four saves and a 2.68 ERA. In 178.0 career innings, he struck out 153 with only 56 walks. His 2.68 career ERA ranks sixth on the CCU all-time list during the Division I era and eighth overall.
In his first seven starts, Conway posted a 4-1 record. In his last two starts, the junior pitched only 3.2 innings versus High Point and 4.0 at Liberty, striking out eight despite the injury. He was 2-0 in Big South games, producing two impressive performances. First, facing off against Radford's Eddie Butler (the 2012 Co-Pitcher of the Year), Conway got the win, allowing four hits and two runs (a two-run home run in the seventh) with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. The following week, he struck out 10 in seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs.
Perhaps his best performance of the year came in a loss versus Virginia Tech in week two. Conway struck out 10 with no walks over seven innings, and allowed two runs. The following week, he pitched his first complete game to beat Ohio State, surrendering just three hits and one run.
Through the regular season, Conway ranked third in the conference in ERA (2.14) and third in opposing batting average (.222).
Conway was also drafted in the 42nd round of the 2009 Major League Draft by the Atlanta Braves.
Coastal in the MLB Draft
1977 Joe Stethers LHP 13th Rd (324) Chicago Cubs
1979 Larry Raskin C 4th Rd (99) Cincinnati Reds Mike Barba RHP 7th Rd (170) San Diego Padres
1980 Tom Romano OF 17th Rd (431) Kansas City Royals Steven Smith RHP 21st Rd (521) Toronto Blue Jays
1981 Bruce Franklin 2B 29th Rd (725) Detroit Tigers
1982 Mickey Brantley OF 8th Rd (207) Cincinnati Reds
1983 Mickey Brantley OF 2nd Rd (35) Seattle Mariners John Rigos OF 3rd Rd (78) St. Louis Cardinals Gary Tremblay C 6th Rd (151) Boston Red Sox Brian Aviles RHP 18th Rd (464) Atlanta Braves Mark Clemons RHP 19th Rd (479) Toronto Blue Jays Frank Talotta 2B 20th Rd (503) Houston Astros
1985 Lawrence Brady OF 29th Rd (730) Pittsburgh Pirates
1986 Kirt Manwaring C 2nd Rd (35) San Francisco Giants Art Smith OF 31st Rd (749) Atlanta Braves
1988 Mike Fortuna OF 40th Rd (1030) Pittsburgh Pirates
1989 Matt Logue RHP 46th Rd (1191) Detroit Tigers
1990 Tony Spires SS 20th Rd (553) San Francisco Giants
1995 John Canetto 3B 25th Rd (685) Pittsburgh Pirates
1997 Mack Haman OF 13th Rd (405) Baltimore Orioles
1998 Damien Hart LHP 13th Rd (380) Cincinnati Reds Dorian Cameron SS 44th Rd (1321) San Francisco Giants
1999 Kevin Schnall C 25th Rd (758) Cincinnati Reds
2000 Rett Johnson RHP 8th Rd (236) Seattle Mariners Scott Sturkie RHP 28th Rd (828) Detroit Tigers
2001 Scott Sturkie RHP 12th Rd (367) Cleveland Indians
2002 Adam Kiem SS 12th Rd (348) Kansas City Royals Randy McGarvey, Jr. C 26th Rd (791) Houston Astros Justin Owens OF 34th Rd (1016) Toronto Blue Jays
2003 Brandon Powell 2B 8th Rd (222) Kansas City Royals Justin Sturge LHP 12th Rd (354) Boston Red Sox Ryan McGraw OF 39th Rd (1151) San Diego Padres
2004 Brett Grandstrand 2B 13th Rd (382) Pittsburgh Pirates Steven Carter RHP 26th Rd (787) Oakland Athletics
2005 Mike Costanzo 3B 2nd Rd (65) Philadelphia Phillies Michael DeJesus 2B 15th Rd (452) Cincinnati Reds Byron Binda RHP 19th Rd (567) Colorado Rockies Ricky Shefka RHP 20th Rd (594) Washington Nationals Jacob Hurry LHP 25th Rd (764) Houston Astros Chris Todd 2B 33rd Rd (1002) San Francisco Giants
2006 Mike Fuentes C 29th Rd (877) Philadelphia Phillies
2007 John Mariotti RHP 18th Rd (549) Baltimore Orioles Andy DeLaGarza LHP 18th Rd (554) San Francisco Giants Pete Andrelczyk RHP 32nd Rd (968) Baltimore Orioles Dom Duggan OF 32nd Rd (973) San Francisco Giants Austin Hinkle RHP 41st Rd (1218) Tampa Bay Rays Chris Raber 1B 42nd Rd (1269) New York Yankees Dock Doyle C 44th Rd (1309) Atlanta Braves
2008 Pete Andrelczyk RHP 5th Rd (148) Florida Marlins Dock Doyle C 5th Rd (164) New York Mets David Sappelt OF 9th Rd (269) Cincinnati Reds Tommy Baldridge OF 33rd Rd (1010) New York Yankees Jeff Richard RHP 38th Rd (1150) Atlanta Braves
2010 Cody Wheeler LHP 5th Rd (151) Arizona Diamondbacks Rico Noel CF 5th Rd (154) San Diego Padres Scott Woodward 3B 15th Rd (455) Oakland Athletics Austin Fleet RHP 16th Rd (498) San Francisco Giants Chance Gilmore OF 25th Rd (772) Los Angeles Dodgers Keith Hessler LHP 28th Rd (841) Arizona Diamondbacks Jim Birmingham LHP 33rd Rd (1008) San Francisco Giants
2011 Anthony Meo RHP 2nd Rd (63) Arizona Diamondbacks Scott Woodward 3B/OF 7th Rd (224) Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy La Stella 2B 8th Rd (266) Atlanta Braves Taylor Motter SS 17th Rd (540) Tampa Bay Rays Daniel Bowman RF 38th Rd (1165) Cincinnati Reds