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MLB Draft: Former CdM duo drafted

Lemmerman, Hauser two of eight locals players taken on second day of baseball's draft Tuesday.

June 09, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Courtesy of Duke )

Jake Lemmerman and Matt Hauser played baseball together at Corona del Mar High four years ago and dreamed of playing in the big leagues one day.

The former Sea Kings on Tuesday learned their dream is closer to becoming a reality. On the second day of baseball's amateur draft, Lemmerman and Hauser heard their names called.

Lemmerman, a junior shortstop from Duke University, went to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth round as the 172nd overall pick. The 2007 CdM graduate is going to the organization he grew up rooting for all his life.

The Minnesota Twins selected Hauser, a senior right-handed pitcher from the University of San Diego as the 225th pick in the seventh round.

The 2006 CdM graduate is now a Twins fan because they are allowing him to continue his baseball career.

Lemmerman and Hauser were two of eight local players chosen on the second day of the draft. The others were from UC Irvine, pitcher Danny Bibona (eighth round, St. Louis Cardinals), outfielder Ryan Fisher (15th, Florida Marlins), first baseman Jeff Cusick (18th, Philadelphia Phillies), catcher Francis Larson (22nd, Los Angeles Angels) pitcher Christian Bergman (24th, Colorado Rockies) and second baseman Casey Stevenson (25th, New York Yankees).

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Lemmerman and Hauser were not only the highest drafted local players on Tuesday, they are also the highest players taken in the draft during CdM Coach John Emme's 13 years.

Once the news hit, Emme relayed it to the rest of the Sea King baseball family. Emme used a new forum to spread the word about the fourth and fifth players he's coached at CdM get drafted.

On Emme's facebook status, it read: "Congrats to Jake Lemmerman '07 [5th round Dodgers] and Matt Hauser '06 [7th round Twins] who were both taken in today's Major League Baseball Draft."

For Emme, it was much easier to post the information online than call the hundreds of players he's guided at CdM.

Emme's cell phone rang all day. One call Emme said he took was from a major-league scout, who predicted Lemmerman would go in the fifth round.

When it happened, Emme understood why Lemmerman was an attractive pick. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder posted impressive numbers, leading Duke in batting average (.335), hits (73), home runs (11), runs batted in (45), slugging percentage (.569), walks (28) and on-base percentage (.418). He was strong defensively, making him the top shortstop in the Atlantic Coast Conference after finishing with a .987 fielding percentage (three errors in 227 chances).

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