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Three Cumberland Dukes selected in 2019 MLB Draft

Dan Goggin, Michael Miles, and Jose Rodriguez were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft
Dan Goggin, Michael Miles, and Jose Rodriguez were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft

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.