FIT’s Carcaise Selected By Marlins In MLB Draft
By Ryan Jones // June 9, 2013
TAKEN BY Miami Marlins in the 14th round
SECAUCAS, NEW JERSEY – Florida Tech junior first baseman Scott Carcaise heard his name called by the Miami Marlins in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The Marlins chose the Maple Shade, N.J. native with the 412th pick of the draft.
“When I received the phone call (from the Marlins), it was a dream come true,” he said. “Words can’t really explain it. I’m glad the Marlins have welcomed me to the organization.”
In his second year with the Panthers after playing his freshman season at Elon, Carcaise led the team in nearly every offensive category, while starting 49 of 51 games.
He batted .316 with a team-high 55 hits, 10 home runs, 37 RBIs and 39 runs scored. He also slugged .563, had an on-base percentage of .441, drew 33 walks and touched 98 total bases. Defensively, he recorded 373 putouts and a .983 fielding percentage at first base.
His 10 home runs were the most in the Sunshine State Conference.
“We congratulate Scott on being selected by the Miami Marlins,” head coach Greg Berkemeier said.
“It is a tremendous accomplishment and well-deserved. Scott worked to achieve this goal and we wish him all the best in chasing his dream.”
Carcaise becomes the fifth player to be drafted by a Major League team in the last four years. During that span, four other players have signed free agent contracts with big league clubs.
“I can’t even begin to thank everyone at FIT for these past two years,” Carcaise said.
“None of this would have happened for me if it wasn’t for FIT. Coach B and Coach Merc gave me a great opportunity here. I can’t thank them enough for everything they taught me about being a better person and player.”
Below is a list of the nine players who have been drafted or signed since 2009, all under sixth-year head coach Greg Berkemeier, assistant coach Matt Mercurio and pitching coach Lee Stange.
Current Panther and rising senior Jimmie Koch was drafted by the Colorado Rockies after signing with FIT following his senior season of high school in 2010.
PANTHERS DRAFTED OR SIGNED BY MLB TEAM SINCE 2009
2013: Scott Carcaise, drafted in 14th round (412th overall) by Miami Marlins
2012: Steven Schils, drafted in ninth round (299th overall) by Atlanta Braves*; K.C. Clabough, drafted in 28th round (869th overall) by Atlanta Braves; Ryan McChesney, signed free agent contract with Tampa Bay Rays*
2011: Jonathan Cornelius, drafted in 24th round (740th overall) by St. Louis Cardinals*; Randall Thompson, signed free agent contract with Toronto Blue Jays
2010: Jimmie Koch, drafted in 36th round (1,100th overall) by Colorado Rockies^
2009: Sam Palace, signed free agent contract with Washington Nationals*; Mike Piazza, signed free agent contract with Los Angeles Angels*
*Playing professional baseball; ^Playing for the Panthers