June 7, 2014
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina pitchers Ben Smith and Tyler Herb were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Saturday. Smith was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 17th round (496th overall), while Herb was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the 29th round (861st overall).
The two join Colin Hering, who was taken in the 10th round, and a pair of Coastal Carolina signees selected in the this year's MLB Draft. Casey Schroeder, a junior college catcher from Polk College, was drafted by the Oakland A's in the 14th round (432nd overall) and Al Molina, an infielder from Freehold, N.J./Red Bank Catholic HS, was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 29th round (862nd overall).
Smith, a junior left handed pitcher, played and started in six games this season before suffering a season-ending injury and eventually having Tommy John surgery on this throwing elbow. In the preseason, he was listed as one of the top 51 college players in the nation by Baseball America and CollegeBaseballDaily.com. Prior to his injury, Smith was among the NCAA top 10 in strikeouts, fanning 39 batters in 28.2 innings. He was just 1-3 on the mound but posted a 2.51 ERA and opponents batted just .200 off the lefty. In the Chanticleers' 2014 season opener, Smith struck out 11 of the 20 batters he faced but was saddled with the loss despite allowing no hits, one run, four walks, a hit batter and a batter reached on catcher's interference. Later he earned what proved to be his line win by striking out nine in 5.0 innings versus Rhode Island.
Smith was a first team All-Big South pick in 2013. For his career, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native has posted an 8-9 record with three saves in 43 games (31 starts) with a 2.57 ERA. He has struck out 181 batters in 178.1 innings while holding opponents to a .217 opponent batting average.
Herb ended his impressive Chanticleer career with a 22-9 record - including an 11-3 mark in Big South play - and 3.40 ERA in 61 games (46 starts). He pitched 272.2 innings and struck out 210. His career ERA is 15th on the CCU Division I list and his 22 wins rank 13th all-time while his 46 starts rank sixth, his 272.2 innings pitched ranks 13th and his 201 strikeouts ranks 13th.
As a senior, the right handed pitcher started the season 0-3 before reeling off six straight wins over an eight-game span (CCU was 7-1 in the eight games). He pitched nine innings twice and eight innings twice while posting a 2.36 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 16 earned runs over 61.0 innings. The one game CCU lost that Herb started (at Gardner-Webb), he left the game with a 6-2 lead through eight complete and the bullpen allowed five runs in the ninth to fall 7-6. Overall, Herb was 7-6 in 15 games - all starts - with a 3.53 ERA. He pitched 97.0 innings and struck out 68.
Herb was a second team All-Big South pick as a sophomore, going 9-2 in 17 games - all stats - with a 2.61 ERA and striking out 70 batters in 96.2 innings while holding opponents to a .222 batting average. Herb battled injuries as a junior, getting 12 starts, but posted a 6-1 record with a 4.15 ERA. He pitched 52.0 innings and struck out 48. As a freshman, Herb pitched in 17 games with two starts, but did not figure in any decisions.
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