The State College Spikes will be starting their season on Friday, and several players from the 2011 draft will make their way on to the State College roster this season. Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times mentions that four 2011 draft picks are already in camp with the State College roster.
The four players mentioned are 24th round pick Brian Sharp, 29th round pick Kirk Singer, 30th round pick Matthew Benedict, and 31st round pick Derek Trent.
Sharp and Singer are both middle infielders, and both were drafted as shortstops. Sharp had great hitting numbers in college, although he was two years older than his competition, after taking two years off from baseball out of high school. Singer has a strong glove and arm, but didn’t have the best numbers at the plate in college, and really struggled in 2011.
Benedict and Trent are each college seniors who were expected to sign. Benedict is a right handed pitcher, and will likely pitch out of the State College bullpen. Trent is a catcher, and had good numbers in college at East Tennessee State University. He’s also played the outfield in the past, so he might see playing time outside of the catching position.
The Draft Pick Signing Tracker has been updated with the moves.