Monarch’s Logan Soole earned bragging rights on Wednesday by becoming the first BoCoPreps.com-area player selected in the 2015 Major League baseball draft.
Yet two of Soole’s local rivals in the Front Range League will always be able to boast about being drafted by the hometown team.
Soole was selected early Wednesday in the 23rd round (676th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Legacy catcher Wyatt Cross followed in the 33rd round (977th overall) and Fairview’s Ryan Madden (35th round, 1,037th overall) followed, with both players getting selected by the Colorado Rockies.
Soole has already signed with Southern Illinois, but indicated he is leaving the door open to continuing his career at the professional level. Soole said he likely would make that decision within the next few days.
Madden indicated that, barring an unforeseen turn of events, he remains on track to begin his collegiate career in the fall with Oklahoma.
“Just to get drafted is an awesome feeling,” Soole said. “Last night they called and asked about what I might be looking for. And they said they might pull the trigger.”
Despite a dominant season on the mound — Soole led Monarch to the 5A state tournament with a 0.77 earned-run average in 45.2 innings — but, like the coaching staff at Southern Illinois, Soole is being wooed as an outfielder by the Diamondbacks. Soole finished his senior season with a .518 average (29 for 56) with 11 extra-base hits and 22 RBIs.
“At first you’re excited for him because it’s his lifelong dream,” Monarch coach Scott Weiss said. “But for the players playing with him, for his friends, they can say they sat in the dugout with him. They can say they played catch with him and played alongside him. It’s pretty exciting. And it gives the younger guys a great role model to look up to to see what kind of work it takes to get there.”
Madden edged Soole for the Front Range League Player of the Year honor after hitting .446 (29 for 65) with 15 extra-base hits, including seven home runs. Madden went 7-2 on the mound with a 1.41 ERA.
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