Nine Sharks Selected in 2015 MLB Draft

By / Local Sports / Tuesday, 18 August 2015 04:00

The Wilmington Sharks are proud to announce that nine former Sharks have been drafted in this year’s 2015 Major League Baseball draft, including five Sharks from 2013 and three Sharks pitchers from 2014.
Alex Luna (UAB), Dylan Bosheers (Tennessee Tech), Alex Perez (Virginia Tech), Will Shepley (UNC-Wilmington), Gianni Zayas (NC State + Florida International), Kyle Nowlin (Eastern Kentucky), Jon Olczak (NC State), Brandon Rawe (Morehead State), and Andrew Amaro (Marlyand + Univ. of Tampa) were selected by various teams throughout the three-day drafting period.
Right-handed pitcher Alex Luna posted a 1-2 record with a 2.43 ERA in his 6 appearances for the Sharks in 2013, going 37 innings, striking out 27 and walking 15. Luna was selected in the 10th round by the Kansas City Royals.
Brandon Rawe played in just 7 games for the Sharks in 2013, but was a First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference pick as a Junior and a Second-Team All-Conference pick this year while leading the Morehead State Eagles to their first conference tournament since 1993 and their first regional since 1983. Rawe had his name called by the Miami Marlins in the 34th round.
Shortstop Dylan Bosheers and Outfielder Andrew Amaro were each selected by the Philadelphia Phillies, in the 15th and 35th round respectively. Kyle Nowlin, a Sharks signee for 2015, was also selected by the Phillies in the 30th round. Bosheers batted .228 in 31 games as a Shark in 2013, with an on base percentage of .310, while Amaro batted .302 in 46 games with 51 hits and 21 stolen bases.
Alex Perez was the fifth 2013 Shark selected in the draft when the Minnesota Twins used their 23rd round pick to select the shortstop from Virginia Tech. This season, Perez started all 54 games for the Hokies, hitting .322 with 35 RBIs and a team-high 56 runs. He was a constant in the Hokies lineup, starting all 224 games in his four years at Virginia Tech.
Jonathan Olczak was the first of last year’s Wilmington Sharks to be drafted, when he was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 21st round. Olczack, a 2014 Coastal Plain League Eastern All-Star, had a 4-2 record with a 2.29 ERA. In 59 innings of work, Olzack recorded 64 strikeouts, the third most in the CPL.
Gianni Zayas, who transferred from NC State to Florida International University, was picked up by the Seattle Mariners in the 35th round. The righty made just two appearances out of the bullpen for the Sharks in 2014, but had a 3-2 record and 5.60 ERA for the Panthers in 2015. In 35.1 innings, he struck out 34 and walked 25.
UNC-Wilmington’s reliever Will Shepley became the third of five Seahawks to be drafted in 2015 when the Baltimore Orioles called his name in the 31st round. In three seasons at UNCW, Shepley went 7-0 while pitching in 56 games, striking out 57 batters in 58.2 innings, holding opponents to a .233 batting average. For the Sharks in 2014, Shepley was 1-2 in 21 appearances. Shepley struck out 31 batters in 22 innings.


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