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Mallards’ Wikoff drafted in 5th round

June 10, 2009

As I get back into the swing of things with Mallards baseball tonight, I’ve been following the MLB Draft over the past two days for a couple of reasons.
First, I want to see who the Brewers will be taking in the draft. Second, I’m very interested to see how many Northwoods League players, especially those on the Madison Mallards, are drafted.
So far, here’s how it stands:
The Northwoods League has seen 16 of its current or former players drafted in the first seven rounds. Three of those players went in the first round, including the fourth overall pick, Boston College’s Tony Sanchez (Battle Creek, 2007).
More notably, the Mallards have had one current player and one alum drafted so far. Current Mallards’ shortstop Brandon Wikoff was selected in the fifth round (161st overall) by Houston. The junior from the University of Illinois is best known for his ability to get on base, speed and defensive prowess.
Former Mallards third baseman Robert Lyerly (2008) was selected in the sixth round (195th overall) by the New York Yankees. Lyerly led his UNC-Charlotte ballclub with a .401 batting average in 2009 while slugging 12 home runs. He also was a teammate of current Mallards pitcher Joe Yermal.
We’ll have to wait and see if anyone else is drafted today or tomorrow from the Mallards or the NWL. Either way, it’s an exciting time in the baseball world this week.
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