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Get to know the 2023 Gatemen draft class


The Gatemen gather after game against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, July 9, 2023 at Spillane Field in Wareham. Photo by Maddy Djuric.

The 2023 Major League Baseball Draft officially concluded on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. After 20 rounds and 614 picks, 24 former Gatemen across three seasons were selected by 18 different MLB teams across the country. Wareham is proud of the accomplishments of these players and will remember their time in the Gatemen uniform. Read below for a complete list of this year’s Gatemen draft selections.

Day 1

Paul Skenes (’21) – Round 1, Pick 1 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Skenes was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates first overall in the 2023 MLB draft. Skenes was a member of the 2021 Wareham Gatemen where he appeared in five games with two starts while collecting 11 Ks. The right-handed pitcher spent his first two years playing for the US Air Force Academy, where he threw 112.1 innings, owned an 11-4 record and 2.72 ERA and struck out 126 batters while walking only 39. In his time at the Air Force Academy, Skenes won several major awards including, but not limited to, the 2021 Collegiate Baseball National Co-Freshman of the Year, 2022 Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year, and was selected to the 2021 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Skenes transferred to Louisiana State University for the 2023 season and had a standout season before becoming the first pick in the draft, pitching 122.2 innings and struck out over 200 batters while working towards his 12-2 record. At LSU, Skenes won the 2023 Dick Howser Trophy, National Player of the Year (D1 Baseball and Collegiate Baseball), National Pitcher of the Year (ABCA), the College World Series Most Outstanding Player and SEC Pitcher of the Year.

Tommy Troy (’21) – Round 1, Pick 12 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Troy was selected as the twelfth overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The shortstop batted .299 with four home runs and had nine stolen bases in the 2021 season with the Gatemen. He was selected to the 2021 Cape Cod League All-Star team for his strong performance in 29 games. At Stanford, Troy owned a .394 batting average in 2023. 17 was Troy’s lucky number in 2023, as he cranked17 home runs, 17 doubles and stole 17 stolen bases.  The numbers led Troy to win the Pac-12 Batting Title, along with becoming a Perfect Game First Team All-American, ABCA Second Team All-American, and Baseball American and D1Baseball Third Team All-American.

Chase Davis (’22) – Round 1, Pick 21 – St. Louis Cardinals

While playing for the Gatemen in 2022, the 21st overall pick for the St. Louis Cardinals claimed a .379 on base percentage with a .212 batting average in 15 games. In the past season at Arizona, Davis smashed 21 home runs and collected 74 RBI to create his .362 batting average. Davis also made his presence known in the 2023 Pac-12 tournament. He was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and named to the All-Tournament team. The outfielder was named Second Team All-American by D1Baseball, ABCA, NCBWA and Perfect Game. He was also a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy.

Yohandy Morales (’21) – Round 2, Pick 40 – Washington Nationals

The second round pick for the Washington Nationals spent 17 games with the Gatemen in 2021. Morales had 10 hits with one triple in the Cape while not playing at the University of Miami. The third baseman batted .408 with 20 homers and 17 RBI in 2023, a steep increase from his .329 batting average, 18 home runs and 59 RBI in 2022. Morales was named to the 2023 All-ACC First Team along with the Perfect Game All-American Second Team. Morales’s success in 2022 helped earn him a spot on the 2022 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster.

Max Anderson (’22) – Round 2, Pick 45 – Detroit Tigers

In his second season in the Cape League, Anderson made the switch from Bourne to the Wareham Gatemen in 2022. The second baseman was selected as a Cape Cod League All-Star and a member of the All-League team in 2022 after he led the league with 54 hits. The new infielder for the Detroit Tigers was also a force to be reckoned with at Nebraska. After a successful freshman campaign, Anderson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2021. In 2023, the infielder exploded with a .414 batting average with 20 doubles, 21 home runs, and 70 RBI on his way to being selected as a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award. Anderson dominated the Big Ten, seen through his unanimous selection to the All Big Ten First Team and All-Tournament Team.

Andrew Walters (’21) – Competitive Balance Round B, Pick 62 – Cleveland Guardians

Walters appeared in one game for the Gatemen in 2021 before going on to be drafted by the Cleveland Guardians. Walters allowed one run but struck out three in his time on the mound. At Miami, the pitcher recorded 26 saves over the course of his career, while collecting 170 strikeouts and only walking 22 in the 102 innings he pitched. He was named to the All-ACC First Team, Consensus First Team All-American and NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist in his successful 2023 season.

Day 2

Jason Woodward (’22) – Round 4, Pick 119 – Milwaukee Brewers

Florida native Woodward served as a member of the starting pitching rotation for the Gatemen in 2022. The fourth round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers pitched 23.1 innings and struck out 24 of the batters he faced. At Florida Gulf Coast University, the righty worked 127.1 innings and owned a 3.68 ERA with 139 Ks in his career.

Wyatt Hudepohl (’22) – Round 4, Pick 123 – New York Mets

The Columbus, Ohio native appeared in nine games for the Gatemen in 2022. The righty pitched 17.2 innings and allowed 12 runs on 12 hits. After spending his first two seasons playing for Kentucky, he transferred to University of North Carolina at Charlotte for 2023. In North Carolina, Hudepohl made 17 starts and had a 4.27 ERA after 105.1 innings. Hudepohl held a 129:27 strikeout to walk ratio, which gave him the eighth-most strikeouts in Division I baseball in 2023. He got the win seven times in the season before being selected by the New York Mets in the fourth round of this year’s draft.

Eriq Swan (’22) – Round 4C, Pick 137 – Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ round 4C pick pitched in eight innings for the Gatemen in 2021. Although he gave up four hits, Swan kept a perfect ERA by giving up no runs. The right handed pitcher out of Middle Tennessee State University attacked the zone and struck out 11 batters while only walking one. In his third season at MTSU, Swan threw 61 innings of work and had 71 Ks on his belt. He was selected to the 2023 Conference USA All Tournament Team.

Coleman Picard (’23) – Round 6, Pick 169- Kansas City Royals

The sixth round pick by the Kansas City Royals was a consistent bright spot in a Gatemen bullpen that struggled in the beginning of the 2023 season. The Bryant Bulldog made three starts for Wareham and got the win in his final appearance. Picard pitched 14 innings and was able to work his way out of tough situations. Although he gave up 15 hits, only three earned runs crossed the plate as Picard struck out 13 batters to escape several jams. In his two years at Bryant, he pitched 68.2 innings and owned a 3.15 ERA. Picard struck out 77 batters and walked 24.

Jacob Cravey (’22) – Round 6, Pick 181 – Baltimore Orioles

Samford product Cravey threw 26.1 innings for the 2022 Gatemen. The Andalusia, Alabama native carved through lineups, striking out 26 batters and only allowing nine runs in the seven games he pitched in. Cravey also had a standout year in 2023 at Samford. The Bulldog collected a plethora of accolades including Perfect Game, NCBWA, and ABCA/Rawlings All-American Third Team, Collegiate Baseball All-American Second Team, All-SoCon and ABCA/Rawlings Southeast All-Region First Team. Cravey fought his way into the top ten in strikeouts with 126 in Division I baseball and his work was rewarded with being named SoCon Pitcher of the Year before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round.

Caden Rose (’22) – Round 7, Pick 208 – Boston Red Sox

Rose was a member of the 2022 Wareham Gatemen and scored three runs in the six games he played in. In his time with Alabama, Rose had a batting average of .260 after grabbing 112 hits over his three seasons. The seventh round pick by the Boston Red Sox had a .370 on base percentage and batted in just over 60 runs in his career with the Crimson Tide.

Carter Graham (’22) -Round 8, Pick 228 – Cincinnati Reds

Pick 228 of the draft went to the Cincinnati Reds, who picked up Graham. The first baseman played in 23 games for the Gatemen in 2022 and had two home runs. Graham was consistent on the defensive side, committing zero errors at first base and helping to turn 12 double plays. At Stanford, Graham was dominant in the 2022 season; the 2022 Pac-12 home run leader owned a .331 batting average, 79 RBI, and 22 homers.

Mark Manfredi (’23) – Round 9, Pick 272- Milwaukee Brewers

Manfredi was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth round of the draft. The southpaw made three starts for the Gatemen in 2023 and made his presence on the mound known. Manfredi allowed only three runs in 13 innings pitched and struck out 16 batters. The Dayton product had a career ERA of 4.42 in 29 appearances with 24 starts. Manfredi was a workhorse for the Flyers, pitching 138.1 innings and struck out over 150 batters and walked only 53.

Chris Barraza (’21) – Round 10, Pick 294 – Los Angeles Angels

Arizona pitcher Barraza played three games for the Gatemen in 2021. The reliever, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the tenth round, pitched 3.2 innings and struck out three batters. In his 2023 season with the Wildcats, Barraza collected a 5-2 record while striking out 39 batters in 29 innings.

Day 3

Jim Jarvis (’21) – Round 11, Pick 320 – Detroit Tigers

Jarvis was the sixth pick off the board on the final day of the draft when he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the eleventh round. The shortstop was a key piece of the 2021 Gatemen roster, appearing in 36 games and hitting four home runs on his way to a .289 batting average. Jarvis also showed his speed on the basepaths with eight stolen bases. In 2023, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove recipient and member of the SEC All-Defensive Team controlled the game on both offense and defense. Jarvis worked his way to a .273 batting average with six homers, four triples, and stole nine bases.

Timmy Manning (’22) – Round 12, Pick 360 – San Francisco Giants

Manning made one appearance for the Gatemen in 2022, pitching 1.2 innings and collecting 2 Ks. 2023 proved to be a solid year for Manning at Arizona State. The Sun Devil threw 53.1 innings of work and struck out 66 batters on the year before being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the twelfth round of this year’s draft.

Brett Wichrowski (’23) – Round 13, Pick 392 – Milwaukee Brewers

Wichrowski joins several Gatemen alumni going to the Milwaukee Brewers in this year’s draft. The right-handed pitcher appeared in four games and made two starts for Wareham in 2023, pitching 11.2 innings,striking  out 10 batters and walking two. In 2023 at Bryant University, the Bulldog earned a 5-3 record through 50 innings on his way to adding 64 strikeouts to his career tally of 109.

Grayson Moore (’22) – Round 14, pick 416 – Chicago Cubs

Through 19.1 innings, Moore held a nearly perfect 0.47 ERA in his 2022 season with the Gatemen. Moore appeared in six games with two starts for Wareham. The righty commanded the zone, giving up just one earned run and striking out 25 of the 76 batters he faced. At Vanderbilt, Moore pitched 26.1 innings and caught 36 batters for strikeouts. In his third and final collegiate season, Moore was able to work his way to a 3.08 ERA to end his time in Nashville before being picked up by the Chicago Cubs in the fourteenth round.

Kade Kern (’21) – Round 17, Pick 519 – Atlanta Braves

The Ohio State outfielder joined the Gatemen for the 2021 season. In the 28 games he played in, Kern had 16 RBI, two homers and a .215 batting average. At Ohio State, Kern had a successful career overall. He ended his time with the Buckeyes with a .302 batting average and over 30 doubles. In 2023, Kern was someone to watch on the basepaths, stealing 16 bags. In 2021, the outfielder was named to the Second Team and Freshman All-Big Ten Teams and Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, and in 2022, the Third Team All-Big Ten. Kern will now go down south to the Atlanta Braves after being selected in the eighteenth round.

Matt Jachec (’22) – Round 18, Pick 548 – Cleveland Guardians

Jachec served as one of the midweek starters for the Gatemen in 2022. He made five starts and pitched 21.1 innings. He struck out 19 batters and walked only four. At Indiana State, Jachec collected several awards thanks to his 17-6 career record through 220 innings. In 2022, he led the Missouri Valley Conference in wins with nine and finished in second in ERA with a 2.88 and innings pitched with 97. Jachec was named to the Missouri Valley Baseball All-Tournament team, All-Defensive Team and was a First Team All-Conference selection. In 2023 he showed another dominant performance, with a 7-4 record while throwing for 104.1 innings and striking out 104 batters before being selected as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference First Team.

Ethan Chenault (’21) – Round 18, Pick 553 – Philadelphia Phillies

Chenault appeared in eight games for Wareham in 2021. In 12.2 innings, the reliever struck out nine batters. At the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Chenault worked to a 5-2 record through 47.2 innings in 2023. He sent 59 batters back to the dugout on strikeouts. The 2023 All-CAA honorable mention was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighteenth round with the 553rd pick.

Thomas Kane (’23) – Round 19, Pick 570 San Francisco Giants

The lefty Kane, out of Maryland, appeared in four games and pitched 5.1 innings of work for Wareham in 2023. Kane struck out nine batters for the Gatemen before being drafted in the nineteenth round by the San Francisco Giants just before Wareham’s game against the Falmouth Commodores. At Maryland, Kane pitched 28.1 innings and collected a 2-0 record in 2023.

Kellum Clark (’21, ’22) – Round 20, Pick 606 – New York Mets

Clark played for the Gatemen in back-to-back seasons. Between 2021 and 2022, the outfielder played 46 games for Wareham. He hit eight doubles and had an on base percentage of .360 over the two years. Clark was selected in the final round of the 2023 draft by the New York Mets. At Mississippi State, Clark had a strong final collegiate season. He held a hot bat with a .300 batting average, 11 doubles, 11 home runs, and six stolen bases. Clark also posted a .940 on base plus slugging percentage.

 

Four Gatemen alumni have signed with teams as undrafted free agents. Peter Burns (‘22), Caleb Pendleton (‘23) and Landon Wallace (‘23) all inked deals with the Los Angeles Angels. Angela Dispigna (’21) has signed with the Miami Marlins.