Ten Stanford Players Taken In 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft
June 7, 2004
New York, N.Y. - A total of ten Stanford Baseball players - outfielder Danny Putnam (Escondido, CA/Rancho Bernardo HS), catcher Donny Lucy (Fallbrook, CA/Fallbrook HS), right-handed pitcher Mark Jecmen (Diamond Bar, CA/Diamond Bar HS), right-handed pitcher David O'Hagan (Wayzata, MN/Breck HS), infielder/outfielder Brian Hall (Carlsbad, NM/Carlsbad HS), outfielder Sam Fuld (Durham, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy), infielder Jonny Ash (Oakland, CA/Bishop O'Dowd HS), outfielder Chris Carter (Concord, CA/De La Salle HS), infielder Ben Summerhays and right-handed pitcher Drew Ehrlich (Merced, CA/Golden Valley HS) - were selected in the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The two day event included 50 rounds and concluded Tuesday.
The ten players drafted was one shy of the school record 11 Stanford players chosen in the 1992 draft. Six of the players were drafted in the first 10 rounds, equaling the most number of players the Cardinal has ever had taken in the first 10 rounds as the Cardinal also had six players selected in the first 10 rounds of the 1992 draft. Two more were selected beyond the first 10 rounds on the first day of the draft and the final two were chosen on the second day of the draft.
'We have a good reputation for having players drafted and being successful in professional baseball and this just adds to that reputation,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'I'm pleased that these guys were recognized for having professional baseball ability.'
Putnam highlighted the picks when he was taken by the Oakland Athletics as a Compensation A selection with the 36th pick overall to become the 15th Stanford player in the last 18 years to be selected either in the first round or as a Compensation A pick. Lucy was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the second round with the 59th pick overall. Jecmen went to the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round with the 197th pick overall, while O'Hagan was picked by the San Diego Padres with the first pick of the ninth round (252nd overall). Hall and Fuld were both drafted in the 10th round with Hall going to the Toronto Blue Jays (297th overall) and Fuld going to the Chicago Cubs (306th overall). Ash was selected in the 11th round by the Houston Astros with the 334th pick overall, while Carter was chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 17th round with the 506th selection. Summerhays was selected by the Seattle Mariners in 23rd round with the 693rd pick overall and Ehrlich was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 30th round with the 905th selection.
Putnam hit a career-high .378 with a career-high-tying 16 home runs and 62 RBI as a junior at Stanford in 2004 to earn All-Pac-10 honors. In his first three years with the Cardinal, Putnam has a .345 batting average with 33 home runs, 138 RBI and eight stolen bases. Putnam also earned All-Pac-10 honors and was selected to the All-College World Series, as well as an All-Regional team as a sophomore in 2003. Putnam led the team in hits (94, #2 Pac-10), multiple-hit games (31), two-homer games (2) and triples (4, shared team lead) in 2004. He also ranked second on the club in home runs (#2 Pac-10), batting average (#3 Pac-10), runs scored (61, #6T Pac-10, #26 NCAA), total bases (160, #2 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.643, #2 Pac-10) and on-base percentage (.454, #9 Pac-10). In addition, Putnam stole a career-high six bases. He finished the regular season by hitting safely in 29 of his last 33 games (4/8 - 6/6), which included a career-high 15-game hit streak (5/2 - 5/29) that was tied for the second longest run by a Cardinal player in 2004.
'This is a dream true,' said Putnam about the opportunity to start his professional baseball career. 'I've enjoyed my time in college, and it's really helped my development. It has afforded me with an opportunity to begin pursuing a lifelong goal to play Major League Baseball, and now I get to a chance to start that process.'
'Danny Putnam has had two fabulous seasons back-to-back and a great career at Stanford,' commented Marquess. 'The A's know him well because they've been able to see him play a lot due to their proximity, and they know what he can do.'
Lucy earned All-Pac-10 honors for the first time as a junior in 2004, finishing the season with a .313 batting average, 12 homers, 47 RBI and five stolen bases. His season included a career-high 15-game hit streak (3/28 - 4/30) that tied with Putnam for the second longest run by a Cardinal player in 2004. Lucy started 56 of Stanford's 60 games at catcher.
Jecmen has a 6'8' frame and a high ceiling of potential. He is 2-4 with a 7.22 ERA in his first three seasons at Stanford, striking out 50 batters in 57.1 innings.
O'Hagan developed into one of the top pitchers in the country in his senior year, posting a 6-2 record with a team-leading six saves and a 2.97 ERA that would lead the Pac-10 if he had 1.0 more innings pitched to meet the minimum qualifications of 1.0 innings pitched per team game played. He also co-led the team with 22 appearances, striking out 58 batters in 57.2 innings of work with opponents hitting a team-low .192 against him that would lead the Pac-10 had he met the minimum inning qualification. O'Hagan finished his career with a 13-3 record and a 3.99 ERA with 109 strikeouts in 119.2 innings pitched, appearing in 58 games with one start.
Hall had a breakout year in 2004 to earn his first All-Pac-10 selection, leading the team with 15 stolen bases (#5 Pac-10), while sharing the team lead in triples (4, #5T Pac-10), ranking second in doubles (13), fourth in RBI (52, #6T Pac-10) and batting average (.356, #8 Pac-10), and tied for fifth in homers (9). Hall hit a team-high .447 in 24 Pac-10 games, adding five homers, 25 RBI and six stolen bases. Hall's season included a career-high 21-game hit streak (3/5 - 4/23) that was the longest by a Stanford player in 2004. He also earned three national or regional honors (College Baseball Insider.com West Regional Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, NCBWA National Co-Hitter of the Week) after going 10-for-11 with two homers and eight RBI in a three-game series versus Washington State (4/30 - 5/2) and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week twice (4/13, 5/4). Hall finished his collegiate career with a .306 career batting average, 20 homers, 152 RBI and 53 stolen bases. Hall played in 243 career games with 190 starts.
Fuld was a two-time All-American and added three All-Pac-10 selections during his four-year Stanford career. He finished his career on top of Stanford's all-time lists in runs scored (268) and at bats (1071), while ranking second in hits (356) and games played (260). He also ranked tied for third on Stanford's all-time list in triples (16) and tied for sixth in doubles (58). Fuld's career batting average checked in at .332. He also played in the final 253 consecutive games in his career, making starts in each of his last 170 contests. Fuld had 108 career multiple-hit games, including 24 three-hit contests and 13 four-hit games. Fuld's career was highlighted by a sophomore season in which he broke Stanford's single-season record with 110 hits and posted a .375 batting average. He also tied the school's single-season record when he scored 83 runs as a junior in 2003. Fuld earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a senior when he hit .273 with four homers, 30 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Ash saved his best year in a Cardinal uniform for his last when he hit .372 with five homers, 35 RBI and two stolen bases as a senior in 2004. Ash started 44 games, missing 15 contests with an injury late in the regular season before returning for the team's final six regular season games and all of the postseason. Ash finished his Cardinal career with a .335 batting average, seven homers, 98 RBI and three stolen bases.
Carter hit .289 with nine homers, 39 RBI and a stolen base as a junior in 2004, adding a .523 slugging percentage. In his first three years at Stanford, Carter has hit .280 with 24 homers, 76 RBI and two stolen bases to go with a .551 slugging percentage. He has hit his 24 homers in just 343 at bats for an average of one every 14.3 at bats.
Summerhays, a 6'3' and 235 pound hitter with power potential, hit .167 (2-12) with one RBI while he was limited to just 10 appearances off the bench for the Cardinal primarily due to injury as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2004.
Ehrlich, who checks in at 6'5' and 235, finished his four-year Stanford career with a 2-2 record, a pair of saves and a 4.71 ERA in 48 appearances (four starts), striking out 74 batters in 80.1 innings for an average of 8.29 strikeouts per nine innings. Ehrlich posted a 2.57 ERA in limited action (7.0 IP) as a rookie in 2001 and a 3.14 ERA that ranked second on the club in limited action (14.1 IP) as a senior in 2004. Ehrlich was used most often in his sophomore campaign when he tied for second on the club with 20 appearances and made three starts, going 0-2 with a 5.43 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 39.2 innings (9.08 strikeouts per nine innings).
Fuld (2003, Chicago Cubs, 24th round) and Hall (2000, Pittsburgh Pirates, 28th round) had been selected in previous MLB First-Year Player Drafts. The other players were all drafted for the first time.