Top Stories of 2019 - No. 3 - Cumberland Baseball adds 3 players to the professional ranks

Top Stories of 2019 - No. 3 - Cumberland Baseball adds 3 players to the professional ranks

A whirlwind week continued for the Cumberland County College Dukes Baseball program. A week after winning the college's first ever National Championship, two members of the this year's championship team and a member from the 2017 record breaking Region XIX Championship team were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft.

Below are the Dukes who were selected.

Daniel Goggin - New York Mets - Rd. 17 Pick 508

Goggin had a unique career while wearing the Navy & Gold. As a freshman, he led the team in hits and at bats during the 2016 season as the team's everyday third baseman. Heading into his sophomore year, Goggin put the bat away and became a full-time pitcher transforming himself into a formidable force. The Dukes went 55-8 that included a 33-game winning streak and a Region XIX Championship, the second in school history. The 55 wins earned by the Dukes in 2017 is the college record for any institution in New Jersey. On the year, Goggin went 9-2 with 79 strikeouts in 90.2 innings that included two saves, one of which clinched the Region Championship.

Goggin then accepted a scholarship to James Madison University where he would catapult himself into the level he finds himself today. Dan now joins former Dukes pitcher, Joe Zanghi, in the Mets organization. Joe is currently at Triple-A Syracuse.

 

Michael Miles - Cincinnati Reds - Rd. 28 Pick 834

Miles, a Vineland native, made his way to Cumberland by way of Barry University (FL). The St. Augustine Prep graduate made his presence felt from the moment he stepped onto campus. An imposing righthander, Miles burst onto the Region XIX season and established himself as the ace of the number one team in the nation. On the season, Miles was a perfect 12-0, which topped the country in wins, with 93 innings pitched and an eye-popping 114 strikeouts, just shy of leading in the country in that category as well.

Miles shined the brightest on the big stage as he threw a complete game victory in game 1 of the World Series against Century College (MN). He would return to the mound for a crucial one-out save against Rowan-Gloucester in the winner's bracket final. Then the thoroughbred would return to the mound on 3 days rest for another complete game victory, this time against Rowan-Gloucester in the National Championship Game. He would be named to the All-Tournament team as well as World Series MVP. Miles would also earn the Region XIX Pitcher of the Year award, joining current St. Louis Cardinal pitcher and former Duke, Will Latcham (2016), and current teammate Jarrett Quinn (2017) on the list of Dukes who have earned the award.

 

Jose Rodriguez - Cincinnati Reds - Rd. 20 Pick 594

Rodriguez, a Vineland native, is the perfect example of a player who needed a chance to prove himself. The under-recruited righthander joined the Dukes pitching staff in 2018 looking to prove the doubters wrong. Did he ever. The fireballer developed into a force for the Dukes balancing roles as a starter and closer during the 2019 Championship season. Rodriguez would go 8-2 on the season with 54.1 innings pitched and 65 strikeouts.  He would pitch a crucial 2.1 innings to earn the win in the winner's bracket final against Rowan-Gloucester at the World Series, holding the Roadrunners last efforts to tie the game.

Rodriguez has committed to St. John's University and will have the option to sign a professional contract with the Reds or join the St. John's Red Storm.

*Editor's note - Jose will honor his committment and will be attending St. John's University in the fall.


ProDukes Update

Cody Stashak - Minnesota Twins - Class of 2014

The 2014 NJCAA 2nd-Team All American continues to impress the Twins organization with a strong 2019 thus far. After starting the season with 28.1 innings pitched and 40 strikeouts at Double-A Pensacola, Cody was promoted to AAA Rochesters on June 9th. He has been nothing short of magnificient since then as he is currently 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched and 31 strikeouts, bringing his current season totals to 49.2 innings pitched and an eye popping 71 strikeouts. He last took the mound on Sunday, July 14th where he pitched a perfect inning on just 8 pitches that included 2 strikeouts. Stashak dazzled Cumberland fans with his pinpoint control and devestating fastball during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and it looks to be much of the same from the righthander from Mays Landing, NJ.

 

Joe Zanghi - New York Mets - Class of 2015

2015 First-Team All-Region pitcher began the 2019 season in Double-A Binghamton before being promoted to AAA Syracuse on May 24.  He has since returned to Binghamton and continues to showcase his electric, high 90s fastball and devestating slider. On the season, Joe is 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA with 46 innings pitched and 38 strikeouts, and he is currently 3 for 3 in save opportunities for Binghamton. Zanghi is on quite a streak as of late as he has only given up just two earned runs in his last 16 innings, an impressive feat for a reliever/closer. The Milford, CT native last took the mound on Sunday, July 14th where he a pitched a perfect 2 innings and striking out one batter.

 

Will Latcham - St. Louis Cardinals - Class of 2016

The 2016 Region XIX Pitcher of the Year has spent the entire 2019 season thus far at Double-A Springfield. Battling some ailments throughout the early going, Latcham has continued to post the high strikeout numbers many have come accustomed to, with 118 career strikeouts in just 106.1 innings pitched. He currently has 21.1 innings pitched on the year with 17 strikeouts, however, injuries have halted his progress in 2019. He last pitched on July 1st prior to being placed on the disabled list, but rest assured, the Philadelphia native will be back.

 

Dan Goggin - New York Mets - Class of 2017

The newest member to Cumberland's #ProDukes list is Dan Goggin. The 2017 Third Team All-Region pitcher was drafted in the 17th Round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of James Madison University, where he continued his academic and athletic career after an impressive career at Cumberland. Goggin has been absolutely spectacular early in his professional career. Starting out in Single-A Brooklyn, he is currently 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA, 2 for 2 in save opportunities, and has tossed 11 total innings with 17 strikeouts.  Opposing hitters are hitting just .139 against Dan as he has become a reliable arm for the Cyclones. Also a Philadelphia native, Goggin last took the mound for Brooklyn on Saturday, July 13 as he pitched 2.1 innings giving up just one hit and striking out five batters. None of this should come as a surprise as Goggin helped lead the Dukes to the 2017 Region XIX Championship that included striking out 5 of the last 6 batters he faced.