BURLINGTON, VT --- After six position players selected in the 2017 MLB Draft joined Vermont over this past weekend, four pitchers taken by the Oakland Athletics in the draft earlier this month are expected to join the Lake Monsters on Wednesday as the New York-Penn League team opens a five-game homestand against the Staten Island Yankees.
The four pitchers joining the Lake Monsters are Logan Salow (6th round out of University of Kentucky), Parker Dunshee (7th round out of Wake Forest), Michael Danielak (19th round out of Dartmouth College) and Bryce Conley (22nd round out of Georgia State). The pitching quartet join infielders Aaron Arruda, Ryan Gridley, Kevin Merrell, Will Toffey and outfielders Jack Meggs, Payton Squier as 2017 draft picks to join Vermont.
Salow was a 2017 first-team All-SEC selection as a closer after tying a UK record with 12 saves and ending the year with a 1.95 ERA, allowing 12 earned runs with 17 walks and 73 strikeouts over 55 1/3 innings in 31 relief appearances. In one 10-inning stretch during the 2017 season, the left-hander retired 30 straight batters (19 by strikeout) and notched five saves.
Dunshee was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2017 after going 9-1 with a 3.91 ERA, allowing 45 earned runs with 30 walks and 111 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings for the Demon Deacons. The right-hander finished with a Wake Forest record 330 strikeouts and fourth all-time with 28 career wins.
Danieak was a 2017 second-team All-Ivy, finishing with third-best League ERA and 2nd most wins, as he went 7-2 with a 2.64 ERA and earned wins early in the season against the University of Miami and Central Florida. Conley went 2-7 with a 7.46 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) this season for Georgia State, finishing with 58 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings.
While the four draftees join the Lake Monsters on Wednesday, three Vermont players are headed back to Arizona and another back to the Beloit Snappers. Pitchers Jhenderson Hurtado, Carlos Sanchez and infielder Christopher Quintin have been sent to the Arizona League Athletics, while outfielder Mike Martin has been promoted back to Beloit in the Midwest League.
The Lake Monsters will host Staten Island for a three-game series Wednesday-Friday before closing out the homestand with single games against the Lowell Spinners on Saturday and Sunday.
Paul Stanfield is the Media Relations Director for the Vermont Lake Monsters.
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