Three members of the record setting MSJC baseball team were drafted today in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Drew Madrigal, the 2009 Foothill Conference MVP, and All Southern California outfielder, John Eschleman were both chosen in the 11th round. Madrigal was selected by the San Diego Padres with the 324th overall pick and Eschleman went three picks later to the San Francisco Giants. Foothill Conference Most Valuable Pitcher B.J. Salsbury was taken in the 14th round also by the Giants.
Madrigal, who has already signed a scholarship to the University of Auburn, was a two way star for the Eagles this past season hitting .409 with 7 homeruns and 54 RBIs while pitching his way to a 9-5 record with an era of 3.26 and collecting 141 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings. Eshleman set a school record for hits this past season while playing both short stop and outfield for MSJC. Eshleman hit .436 with 3 homeruns and 38 RBIs while stealing 12 bases. Salsbury was tremendous all year on the mound posting a record of 13-2 with an ERA of 3.16 striking out 127 hitters in 111 innings.
Along with their teammates these three players led the Eagles to the most wins in school history as they finished the season 35-13. MSJC lost in the Super Regional Finals just one game short of the State Final Four and also won their first conference title since 1989. With these three players being drafted the Eagles have now had 29 players taken in the draft in the past 20 seasons.
Pictured from left to right are 2009 draftees; Drew Madrigal, John Eshleman, and B.J. Salsbury.