June 9, 2013
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina redshirt sophomore catcher Will Remillard was selected as the second pick of the 19th round (558th overall pick) by the Chicago Cubs in the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Draft.
Remillard is the second Chanticleer selected in this year draft, joining teammate Jacob May (third round pick by the Chicago White Sox). This marks the seventh straight year at least two Chants have been drafted in the same year, the 17th straight year at least one Chant was drafted and second straight year a Coastal Carolina catcher was picked as Tucker Frawley was an eighth round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.
Remillard was named second team All-Big South and led Coastal Carolina with 39 RBI this past season in his first year behind the plate for the Chants. Remillard began his collegiate career at Temple, where he was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year, and sat out at CCU last season per NCAA transfer rules.
In 54 games, including 51 starts, Remillard batted .280 with a team-best 13 doubles and just 17 strikeouts - the fewest among the Chants with at least 90 at bats. Remillard played sparingly due to injury in the final series of the regular season, the Big South Tournament and the NCAA Regional, getting just 11 at bats over CCU's final nine games.
The Cohoes, N.Y., native ranked eighth in the Big South in RBI, fifth in sacrifice flies (6), sixth in two-out RBI (17), third in runners picked off (5) and sixth in runner caught stealing (19). However, runners only attempted to steal against Remillard 46 times which were the third fewest attempts against a league catcher.
Remillard had a 16-game hit streak early in the season, batting .393 (24-for-61) over the span with 11 runs scored and 15 RBI. He set two CCU single-game records in the 14-inning win over College of Charleston with 20 putouts and 23 defensive chances. Helped CCU take 2-of-3 games at #23 Georgia Tech as he went 2-for-4 in game two of the series and was just 1-for-4 in the finale with his one hit being a solo home run to tie the game and spark a seven-run seventh inning. Remillard's best game this season came in a contest which he played just four innings in a blowout win over UNC Wilmington late in the season. He went 3-for-4 --two doubles and a triple -- with a career-high five RBI (an RBI triple, an RBI double and three-run double).
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