Flagler College’s Garrett Bush, Jonathan Armold, and John Sgromolo were each selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Flagler has never had more than two players selected in one draft in the history of the program.
Bush, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound right-handed pitcher, went in the 24th Round, the 747th pick overall, to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Armold, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-handed pitcher went in the 30th Round, the 935th overall pick, to the Milwaukee Brewers. John Sgromolo, a 6-foot, 200-pound first baseman was selected in the 37th Round, the 1,136th pick, to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“These kids dream of playing professional baseball,” said Dave Barnett, head baseball coach. “This is a great day for them and for Flagler. I am happy to have had the opportunity to coach Garrett, Jonathan, and John.”
For Bush, this was not the first time a Major League team came calling. He was a 15th Round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 2009 coming out of Stanton College Prep in Jacksonville, and was a 19th Round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers last year after attending Seminole State College in Sanford. He made nine appearances with two starts for the Saints this season. Bush pitched a total of 11.2 innings and recorded nine strikeouts. He lost his Flagler debut on Feb. 5 after tossing two innings against the defending national champion University of West Florida. Bush fanned a season-high three batters vs. Florida Memorial (Mar. 28).
“Garrett has been on a lot of teams’ radars,” said Barnett. “I am happy he has the opportunity to extend his career. Garrett has a tremendous arm.”
Armold has been a four-year starter on the hill for Flagler. He has won 16 games in his career with a 4.25 earned run average. Armold has recorded 255 career strikeouts in 313.2 innings of work. He has made 54 appearances and broke the school record with 51 starts. Armold went 5-5 this year with a 4.67 ERA. He made 12 appearances, all starts, and tossed a staff-high 69.1 innings with 62 strikeouts. Armold struck out a career-high 11 batters vs. the University of Montevallo (Mar. 10) and earned the win.
“Jonathan has worked hard to get himself into this position and deserves the opportunity to play professionally,” said Barnett. “The Brewers will be pleased with their selection.”
Sgromolo was a four-starter for the Saints as well, the first two years as a designated hitter and the last two as a first baseman. He batted .313 for his career and collected 208 hits, 41 doubles, 10 home runs, drove in 95 runs and scored 105 runs. Sgromolo also boasts a .990 career fielding percentage. He is sixth all-time at Flagler in hits, tied for fourth in singles with 156, sixth in doubles and third in fielding. A two-time second-team All-Peach Belt Conference selection, he batted .317 this season with 59 hits and a team-leading 17 doubles. He also led the team with 31 runs batted in and a .996 fielding percentage, which is the second highest single-season percentage at Flagler.
“John is a true baseball rat,” said Barnett. “He loves the game and has worked hard for the opportunity to play for his favorite team – the Los Angeles Dodgers.”
Flagler had the most players selected in the draft from the Peach Belt Conference. In fact, three of the five players picked from the league wore Crimson and Gold. Stephen Carmon of USC Aiken was selected in the 10th Round by the San Diego Padres and Zach Taylor of Armstrong Atlantic State University, the PBC Player of the Year, was picked in the 12th Round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The last time Flagler had multiple players selected in a draft was 1995 when Jim Woodrow was picked in the 5th Round by the San Francisco Giants and Gary Santoro was selected in 29th Round by the then-Florida Marlins.