JSerra Alumni Drafted into MLB

Catcher, Colton Plaia

Two JSerra Alumni from the class of 2009 have been drafted into major league baseball (MLB).

Colton Plaia, a catcher, has been drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 33rd round. While attending JSerra Plaia earned three varsity letters for coach Brett Kay, served as team captain in his senior year, and garnered All-League recognition as a junior and senior. Plaia was named a Scholar-Athlete, and earned the Coaches Award as a senior at JSerra.

“Colton Plaia was one of the best student athletes here at JSerra, a quality young man, and one of the brightest athletes I have seen here,” said Brett Kay, JSerra head baseball coach. “He is a continuous hard worker, and has the baseball acumen to excel at any level he wishes.”

Plaia batted .382 with 18 runs scored and 19 RBI as a senior, collected six doubles and two home runs in 2009, and was 18-for-31 throwing out potential base runners in his final year. Recruited by Oregon and Long Beach State, Plaia chose LMU because it was close to home, has a great sports program, and is a very nice campus.

Joe Kurrasch, a left-handed pitcher, was selected in the eighth round of the draft by the San Francisco Giants.

Joe Kurrasch, left-handed pitcher

“Joe was an outstanding pitcher for JSerra for the two years he was here. He was at the top of the list in LHP in Southern California, and his development throughout his two years were great,” said Kay. “Joe has earned everything that has happened to him and the fact he was drafted in the eighth round is a testament to him and his hard work.”

Kurrasch was a standout competitor at JSerra earning a 2007 USA National Team Invite for his efforts, and recorded a 7-1 record with a stellar 0.67 ERA and 58 strikeouts as a senior.  He garnered first-team all-league and second-team All-CIF Southern Section honors for his performance. Kurrasch previously posted a 3-3 record with a 1.67 ERA and 74 strikeouts during his junior campaign.

For more on Colton Plaia click here.

For more on Joe Kurrasch click here.

To see the complete list of the 2012 MLB Draft click here.

JSerra Catcher Austin Hedges signs $3 million contract with Padres

Former JSerra catcher Austin Hedges, considered by many to be the best prospect at his position in a decade, signed a $3 million deal to play for the San Diego Padres, according to reports this week.

Hedges, who had planned to play at UCLA, signed at the deadline, according to a report in the North County Times.

He was represented by Scott Boras, whose son played with Hedges on JSerra’s baseball team.

For more, read the NC Times story here.

Hedges’ first day out on the Padres field are captured here:

Padres sign draft pick Hedges

Hedges visits the booth

Hedges and Ross’ first pitch

Hedges Retires High School Jersey to Catch the San Diego Padres

Austin Hedges of JSerra Catholic High School

In the second round of the Major League Baseball draft today recent JSerra graduate Austin Hedges was chosen by the San Diego Padres as one of their catchers. While the excitement ensues, Hedges will be a tough sell out of his prior college commitment to UCLA, he made last fall. With super agent, and JSerra co-founder Scott Boras behind Hedges there is no guess worth making on this call.

To view Hedges MLB draft scouting report click 2011 Draft.

To view the MLB draft announcement click Padres.

MLB Comments: There may not be a better catcher in this class, at least defensively, than Hedges, a SoCal high school product. An extremely polished defender who draws comparisons to Craig Biggio and Brad Ausmus in terms of body type, Hedges has a plus throwing arm and outstanding receiving skills, not to mention a high-energy leadership style. How much he will hit will determine just how good an all-around backstop he’ll be. While he’s got a good approach at the plate, he hasn’t hit consistently. He does have natural power, and that’s a little bit ahead of his hit tool right now. He could be the type of catcher who hits .260 with 12-15 homers per year, and with his defensive acumen, that’s more than enough to be an everyday player. If he exceeds expectations with the bat, though, he could be an All-Star behind the plate. With a commitment to UCLA, it’s believed he will not be an easy sign after the Draft.

Fellow Alums and MLB hopefuls from JSerra include brothers Shane and Trent Boras both of which play for the USC Baseball team. Shane was previously drafted in the 35th round, 1,055 pick in 2008, likely that younger brother Trent starting this fall at USC will also be drafted.