Casey Schroeder Drafted by the White Sox in 8th Round
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina catcher Casey Schroeder was selected in the eighth round (232rd overall pick) by the Chicago White Sox in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday afternoon. (CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF MLB 8th ROUND PICKS)
Schroeder becomes the 22nd Chanticleer selected among the top 10 rounds and the 10th Chanticleer catcher to be selected, joining Larry Raskin (1979), Gary Tremblay (183), Kirt Manwaring (1986), Kevin Schnall (1989), Randy McGarvey, Jr. (2002), Mike Fuentes (2006), Dock Doyle (2007 and 2008), Tucker Frawley (2012) and Will Remillard (2013). Furthermore, his selection marks the 19th consecutive year at least one Chanticleer has been selected in the MBL Draft and the eighth consecutive year a Chanticleer has been taken within the first 10 rounds.
Schroeder is coming off a productive junior season with Coastal Carolina, his lone year on the Conway campus. The switch-hitting catcher hit 13 home runs, which ranks 44th in the NCAA and second in the Big South, with nine of those blasts coming from the left side of the plate and four from the right side. He additionally ranked fifth in the Big South by drawing 33 walks. Although he batted just .230, 21 of his 41 hits went for extra bases (eight doubles and 13 home runs) for a .500 slugging percentage. He also posted a .370 on base percentage thanks to his 33 walks and being hit by seven pitches. Schroder drove in 31 runs and scored 41.
Schroeder started 53 of his 54 games played, including 36 straight, before missing Coastal's final four games (Big South title game and three NCAA games) due to injury. He was having a great conference tournament prior to the injury, batting .417 (5-for-12) by going 2-for-5 in game one, 1-for-3 in game two and 2-for-4 in the semifinal. He reached base safely (hit/walk or hit by pitch) in 39 of his last 44 games, including a streak of 26 straight.
He was named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (Mar. 9) as he hit four home runs in four games --two right-handed and two left-handed - including three round-trippers in one game versus Akron. Overall for the week, he batted .462 (6-for-13) with seven RBI and seven runs scored with a 1.385 slugging percentage and .529 on-base percentage.
This is the third time Schroeder has been selected in the MLB Draft. He was first tabbed after his senior year at Ottowa-Glandorf HS (Lima, Ohio) in the 2012 draft in the 22nd round (690th overall pick) by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was selected again this past year, going in the 14th round (432nd overall pick) by the Oakland A's, after a season at Polk State College.