Cincinnati Reds select Torres out of N.C. State while Heubeck is drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers
Calvert Hall graduate Jose Torres, the 2019 VSN Baseball Player of the Year who just completed his freshman season at North Carolina State University and Peter Heubeck, the 2021 VSN Pitcher of the Year who led Gilman to the MIAA A Conference championship this spring, both were selected in the third round of the Major League First Year Player Draft, as the draft entered its second day in Denver.
Torres, a shortstop who was also VSN’s No. 1 Infielder of the Decade, was chosen with the 89th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds, after hitting .289 with 10 home runs this season, including a game-winning ninth inning clout that gave N.C. State a Super Regional win over top-ranked Arkansas and propelled the Wolfpack into the College World Series. He also had 44 RBI in 2021 and is projected a top tier defensive shortstop.
Torres was also drafted in 2019, in the 24th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. College players usually cannot be drafted until after their junior year or when they turn 21. With most of the 2020 season wiped out by COVID-19, Torres had become age-eligible after this campaign.
Heubeck, who was taken 101 overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers was 8-2 with a 1.20 ERA in 2021 for Gilman. He compiled 101 strikeouts in 64.2 innings and held opposing batters to a .115 ERA. A converted catcher, Heubeck pitched his finest game in the winner’s bracket final of the MIAA A Conference double-elimination championship tournament, a three-hit, 15-strikeout performance against John Carroll which propelled Gilman into the tournament finals. In the next game, he took the hill in the top of the seventh inning and recorded the final three outs as the Greyhounds clinched their first championship since 2010.
The pair join Severna Park’s Jackson Merrill, who was selected in Sunday night’s opening round by the San Diego Padres. Merrill was the 2021 VSN Player of the Year.