Kevin Minnick, Courier-Post 10:28 p.m. EDT June 7, 2014
It proved to be a huge weekend for South Jersey in Major League Baseball's 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
With rounds 11-40 held Saturday, nine players with ties to region were drafted. That brought the total to 12 over the past three days.
Zach Warren (St. Augustine) was the first area player selected Saturday. The Tulane recruit and left-handed pitcher was taken by the Pirates in the 23rdround.
In the 29th round, area high school players were taken back-to-back. Josh Pennington (Lower Cape May) was picked by the Red Sox, while Bryan Dobzanski (Delsea) was taken by the Cardinals with the final pick of the round.
Pennington, who needs Tommy John surgery and missed most of this year, is expected to sign. Dobzanski, a two-time state wrestling champion, has a baseball scholarship from Louisville and may go in that direction.
Also in the 29th round, the Reds selected left-hander Michael Sullivan out of Gloucester County College.
In the 32nd round, the Phillies picked up outfielder Tom Flacco (Eastern). And in the 33rd round, left-hander Devin Smeltzer (Bishop Eustace) was selected by San Diego.
Chris Knott (Egg Harbor Township), who enjoyed a record-setting career as a right fielder at East Stroudsburg, was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 34th round.
In the 35th round, the Phillies took a second area player in Tom Gamble (Moorestown). The center fielder played just one season with the Quakers after transferring from a Northern California high school.
The final area pick came in the 37th round as catcher David Noworyta (Holy Cross) was taken by Kansas City. He has a scholarship from the University of Hawaii.