Up until Wednesday Niagara was the only Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference baseball program to have three players selected in a single Major League Entry Draft. The Purple Eagles now share the distinction with their Bridge rivals.
The Oakland A’s on Wednesday selected Canisius College junior outfielder Brett Siddall in the 13th round. He becomes the third Golden Griff chosen this week, joining Connor Panas (ninth round, Toronto) and Devon Stewart (ninth round, Cleveland). Siddall, the 2015 MAAC Player of the Year, posted a .339 career batting average with 42 doubles, six triples and 16 home runs. He hails from Windsor, Ont. Niagara had three players selected in the 2005 draft. Interestingly, Canisius head coach Mike McRae coached Niagara before joining the Griffs in 2005.
Later Wednesday, Toronto selected UB junior outfielder Nick Sinay in the 22nd round. Sinay, a native of Marcellus, was voted to the Mid-American Conference first team and all-MAC defensive team after a season in which he dazzled in the outfielder while stealing 39 bases, second most in the nation.
St. Bonaventure pitcher Steven Klimek was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 33rd round. Klimek, a junior from Greece Arcadia High School near Rochester, went 3-7 with a 7.93 ERA in 12 appearances this season.