MLB FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT SELECTIONS
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ANDRE RANDOLPH, 47th Round, New York Yankees, 2003
An original Golden Falcon in 2000, Andre Randolph was among the first class of four-year Felician baseball players in 2003, and was among the first members of the school's 100-hit club. A native of Franklin Lakes, N.J., Randolph went on to play one season each with the Class-A Staten Island Yankees and the independent Newark Bears. He is the son of former major-league player and manager Willie Randolph.
JERRY VASTO, 24th Round, Colorado Rockies, 2014
A left-handed pitcher, Vasto improved each season as a Golden Falcon before leaving behind one year of eligibility to sign with the Rockies. He capped his collegiate career by being named the CACC Pitcher of the Year, consensus First Team All-Region, and to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Honorable Mention All-America Team in 2014. With a 6-3 record, 1.84 ERA and school-record 79 strikeouts, he helped lead the Golden Falcons to their first CACC championship. Vasto left Felician as its all-time leader in strikeouts per nine innings.
SCOTT De JONG, 32nd Round, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2014
De Jong and Vasto were chosen hours apart on June 7, 2014. A power-hitting first-baseman, De Jong took a "redshirt" season at the University of Connecticut in 2012 before playing two years for the Golden Falcons and becoming draft-eligible. In Felician's CACC championship season of 2014, he set school wood-bat era records of seven home runs, 51 RBI and a .378 batting average. De Jong was named first-team All-CACC, first-team All-Region, and the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Division II/III Player of the Year.
MATT BLANDINO, 19th Round, Cincinnati Reds, 2016
Blandino was drafted by the Reds in the 33rd round out of high school in 2013, but elected to attend Division-I Central Connecticut State University. After two years at CCSU, the right-handed pitcher transferred to Felician for his first draft-eligible season and posted one of the best years in Golden Falcon history. He helped Felician to its second CACC title by going 9-4 with a 2.32 ERA, setting single-season school recors for starts (14), innings (100 2/3) and strikeouts (97). He allowed just 79 hits and 16 walks. Blandino was named the CACC Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-Region.
BRENNAN PRICE, 29th Round, Milwaukee Brewers, 2016
Price and Blandino were drafted hours apart on June 11, 2016. A three-time all-conference and two-time all-region selection as a designated hitter/first-baseman, Price was drafted on his potential as a pitcher. The 6-foot-9, 265-pound right-hander displayed a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s. His 44 1/3 innings in 2016 were by far the most he had ever pitched in a high school or college season. He posted a 3-3 record, including a victory over Dominican in an elimination game of the CACC Tournament. He gave up 40 hits while striking out 42 batters. Offensively, he turned in 141 hits in three seasons, and is one of only six players in program history with 100+ RBI (105).