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By Scott Barancik, editor

When the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted catcher Sam Finfer out of high school in 2013, nabbing him in the 29th round, the Bellevue, WA, native took a pass. Thus began a collegiate odyssey that took him from Seattle University and Bellevue College to Marshall University.

After a lackluster junior year at Marshall, where Finfer hit .218 with 7 HRs, 27 RBIs and 4 doubles, MLB teams ignored him in the 2016 amateur draft.

Then came 2017. Splitting his time between outfield and catcher, the 22-year-old supersized nearly all of his stats, finishing the season with a .338 batting average in 201 at-bats, 18 HRs (tied for 13th-most among all NCAA Division I players), 51 RBIs, 17 doubles, and 8 thefts in 9 tries. Finfer’s average, on-base and slugging percentages (.338/.410/.692) were even better with runners in scoring position (.393/.500/.714).

Sam Finfer's senior year at Marshall University upped his profile for the June 2017 MLB draft

Sam Finfer’s senior year at Marshall University upped his profile for the June 2017 MLB draft

The 6’2″, 205-pounder was even more of a home-run threat in 2017 than his overall total suggests. Finfer ranked 8th among D1 players in HRs per game (0.35), thanks in part to three multi-homer outings. No wonder he was named All-Conference First Team last week by Conference USA.

How high Finfer will go in next month’s draft is unclear. Baseball America did not include him in its recent ranking of of top 200 draft prospects. But the Dodgers are starting to look pretty smart.


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(Editor’s note: Coverage of the 2013 MLB amateur draft is a collaboration between Jewish Baseball News and our friends at Jewish Sports Review, a bi-monthly newsletter that tracks Jewish athletes in multiple sports around the globe. Click here for subscription information.)

By Scott Barancik, editor

Two days ago we told you about high-school pitcher Rob Kaminsky, whom the St. Louis Cardinals selected in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB draft (see article).

Now, we would like to introduce you to 10 other Jewish players who were drafted last week. Here are the ten, listed in draft order:

Mason Katz, 22

  • St. Louis Cardinals (4th round, 125th overall pick)
  • Hometown: Harahan, LA
  • Position: 2B
  • School: LSU (senior)
  • Factoid: thru 6/8/2013, led the 2013 College World Series-bound LSU Tigers in HRs (15), RBIs (68), on-base percentage (.454), slugging (.630), and ranks second in average (.366)

Zack Weiss, 20

  • Cincinnati Reds (6th round, 195th overall pick)
  • Hometown: Irvine, CA
  • Position: RHP
  • School: UCLA (junior)
  • Factoid: thru 6/8/2013, was 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 41 relief appearances

Brad Goldberg, 23

  • Chicago White Sox (10th round, 303rd overall pick)
  • Hometown: Beachwood, OH
  • Position: RHP
  • School: Ohio State (redshirt senior)
  • Factoid: named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice in 2013

Alec Grosser, 18

  • Atlanta Braves (11th round, 343rd pick overall)
  • Hometown: Alexandria, VA
  • Position: RHP
  • School: T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria, VA)
  • Factoid: a late-blooming pitcher better known as his high school’s quarterback

Ryan Kinsella, 21

  • Arizona Diamondbacks (18th round, 540th overall)
  • Hometown: Warren, NJ
  • Position: 1B
  • School: Elon University (junior)
  • Factoid: named 2013 Southern Conference Baseball Player of the Year

Adam Landecker, 22

  • Pittsburgh Pirates (21st round, 629th overall)
  • Hometown: Calabasas, CA
  • Position: 2B
  • School: USC (senior)
  • Factoid: hit .351 in 2013, second-best in Southeastern Conference

Henry Hirsch, 20

  • Pittsburgh Pirates (22nd round, 659th overall)
  • Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
  • Position: RHP
  • School: University of New Haven (junior)
  • Factoid: only UNH player drafted by an MLB team since 2008

Sam Finfer, 18

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (29th round, 874th overall)
  • Hometown: Bellevue, WA
  • Position: C
  • School: Interlake High School (Bellevue, WA)
  • Factoid: hit .357 with three HRS, 23 RBIs, and a .520 on-base percentage in 2013

Tyger Pederson, 23

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (33rd round, 994th overall)
  • Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
  • Position: 2B
  • School: University of the Pacific (senior)
  • Factoid: older brother of Joc Pederson, currently ranked the Dodgers’ No.3 prospect

Jesse Weiss, 22

  • Milwaukee Brewers (36th round, 1,082nd overall)
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Position: 1B
  • School: Kenyon College (senior)
  • Factoid: at Kenyon College, ranks top five in career batting average, RBIs, hits, runs, doubles, and total bases

The current tally of players identified as Jewish in the 2013 MLB draft stands at 11. Stay tuned for future announcements from Jewish Baseball News and Jewish Sports Review.

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