Manatee's Correlle Prime, ex-SCF pitcher Nick Goody taken in MLB draft

HERALD STAFF REPORTSJune 5, 2012 

Manatee High School baseball star Correlle Prime has been selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 378th pick in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Prime, a right-handed pitcher and first baseman, led the Hurricanes to the state final four as a junior and had a solid campaign this past spring. He is listed as a first baseman on the official draft website.

Also Tuesday, in the second day of the draft, Nick Goody’s absence apparently made the New York Yankees’ hearts grow fonder.

The Yankees drafted the former State College of Florida pitcher, now the closer for the super regional-bound LSU Tigers, with the 217th overall pick in the sixth round Tuesday during the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Last year, the Yankees drafted Goody in the 22nd round, but he opted to honor his commitment to LSU.

As LSU’s closer, Goody owns a 2.51 earned-run average with 11 saves in 33 games. He has struck out 45 batters in 32 1/3 innings.

Cardinal Mooney pitcher Sean McAdams was taken in the 14th round (432nd overall) by the Baltimore Orioles.

Also Tuesday, IMG Academies outfielder Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado was an eighth-round selection (253 overall) of the Kansas City Royals. Escalera, who turned 17 in February, has spent four years at IMG after moving here from Puerto Rico.

Escalera-Maldonado’s teammate, left-handed pitcher Max Foody, was a 12th-round selection (390) of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Also at IMG, alumnus L.J. Mazzilli, the son of former major-leaguer Lee Mazzilli, was drafted in the ninth round (280th overall) by the Minnesota Twins. Mazzilli, an infielder, spent one year at IMG before heading onto the University of Connecticut for three years.

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