Chesterton’s Jake Post, Andrean’s Ryan Dineen taken in MLB draft
By Mark Lazerus 648-3140 or firstname.lastname@example.org June 6, 2012 11:36PM
Updated: July 8, 2012 7:03PM
Chesterton coach Jack Campbell wishes his Trojans could have done a little more to get ace Jake Post the recognition he deserved this season.
“We didn’t do a very good job scoring runs for him,” Campbell said.
But big-league scouts don’t go by high school stats. They saw a sturdy 6-foot-3 kid with a 92-mph fastball and excellent command of four pitches. The fact that he had a 1.29 ERA and a 70-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio his senior season was a bonus.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were on Post all season, and selected him in the 29th round of the MLB draft on Wednesday.
“We’ve had seven, eight or nine players drafted,” said Campbell, who has been at Chesterton for more than 40 years. “But he’s the highest we’ve had. It’s just unbelievable.”
Also drafted on Wednesday was Andrean grad and Valparaiso native Ryan Dineen, who just completed his junior season at Eastern Illinois. Dineen was selected by the Houston Astros in the 25th round.
A three-year infield starter at Eastern Illinois, Dineen batted .335, scored 37 runs and had seven homers and 36 RBI as a junior after hitting just .228 over his first two seasons. As a senior at Andrean, Dineen led the 59ers to the state finals with a .429 average, 39 runs scored and 27 RBI.
With just one year of college left, Dineen is likely to take the pro route. Post, on the other hand, is just finishing up high school and has a big decision to make. He has signed to play baseball at Ohio State, and Campbell said he and his family have yet to make a decision.
Campbell said Post’s work in the summer in exposure camps, in all-star games in Florida and California, and on the Indiana Bulls travel team is what put him on big-league radars.
“All the things he did last summer were really important,” Campbell said. “He was able to put in the time to make sure the right people saw him. … He’s a tremendous competitor. He’s certainly getting what he deserves.”