06/04/12 – Secaucus, NJ – The Brothers of the Christian Schools, District of Eastern North America, are pleased to announce that three Lasallian students have been selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
The First-Year Player Draft, also known as the Rule 4 Draft, is Major League Baseball’s primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players, from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs, to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season’s standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick.
Former Christian Brother Academy of Lincroft student, Pat Light, had his dreams come true when he was selected 37th overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 2012 draft. After graduating from CBA in 2009, Light was a 28th round pick of the Minnesota Twins, but chose to attend Monmouth University to pursue a starting pitcher spot for Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, NJ. Light went 8-3 in fourteen starts this season at Monmouth, where he wowed scouts with his 97 mile per hour fastball. “It’s a dream come true,” said Light. (Pat is also the son of Carol Light, Assistant Director of Nursing at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft.)
Zach Remillard, a shortstop from Troy, New York’s La Salle Institute was selected in the 38th round by the Houston Astros. Remillard was given the Big 10 Conference Player of the Year award, and will likely be assigned to the Gulf Coast Rookie League or the Appalachian League.
In the 30th round of the draft, the Baltimore Orioles looked to the Bronx to select Manhattan College center fielder, Anthony Vega. The 6’1″ centerfielder from Patchogue, N.Y. set career-highs in every statistical category during the 2012 season to help lift Manhattan’s Jaspers to its second straight MAAC title and berth into the NCAA Tournament. Vega hit .326, scored 41 runs and stole 32 bases which were the 13th most nationally. This summer, Vega will take his talents to the Cape Cod baseball leauge and play for the Chatham Anglers.
We would like to congratulate all three men on their accomplishments, and wish them the best in their Major League Baseball endeavors.