Mike Kaelin of the University at Buffalo, Connor Grey of St. Bonaventure and Christian Lindsay-Young of Niagara County Community College were added to the list of players with Western New York connections to be drafted by a major league team this year.
The three players were picked on Saturday as the draft continued. Dan Dallas of Canisius High School was picked on Friday in the seventh round by the San Diego Padres.
Kaelin went in the 15th round (No. 456 overall) to the Los Angeles Angels. He was the Bulls’ closer last season, striking out 44 batters in 35 innings of work. Kaelin led the team with five saves, earned out of 20 appearances. The reliever finished with a 4.11 ERA this past season. He held opposing batters to a .221 batting average during his career.
Kaelin’s selection means that UB has had a player picked in the last five years. Previous draft choices were Nick Sinay (2015), Mike Burke (2014), Tyler Mautner (2014), Jason Kanzler (2013) and Tom Murphy (2012).
Grey went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 20th round (No. 599). He is the first player from Frewsburg High School ever to be drafted.
Grey, a right-handed pitcher, is 6-feet tall and 180 pounds. He recently finished a four-year career with the Bonnies, going 3-6 with a 2.84 ERA. This past season he set a school record with 95 strikeouts (in 92 innings), which ranked second in the Atlantic 10. Grey limited opposing batters to a .206 averag.e.
The pitcher is the 12th Bona player to be taken in the draft under head coach Larry Sudbrook. He is the fifth-highest Bonnie ever to be selected.
Lindsay-Young, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, went to the Oakland Athletics in the 23rd round (No. 682 overall). He is 6-5, 210 pounds and throws in the mid-90s. Lindsay-Young helped NCCC reach the Junior College World Series, and had a 9-0 record during the season.