Buffalo (WKBW) Friday was a big day for section six baseball. A pair of Western New York products were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft.
Clarence senior pitcher Mark Armstrong was selected in the third round with the 104th pick by the Cincinnati Reds. Amherst catcher Jonah Heim was selected in the fourth round with the 129th pick by the Baltimore Orioles.
Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo spoke with Armstrong moments after he was drafted. "It's a dream come true. All of my hard work paid off", said Armstrong. The senior was committed to play at the University of Pittsburgh but says he will sign a professional contract.
Armstrong was with the Clarence Red Devils on the way to Binghamton to play in the Class AA State Semifinals on Saturday.
"I get to celebrate with the boys and hopefully win a state championship", said Anderson. "It feels fantastic. Wonderful. Pretty cool that I don't have to change my hat. The "C" used for Clarence is also the Reds symbol"
Here is a scouting report on Armstrong from MLB.com.
6'02" 210lbs DOB: 11/26/94
Armstrong is a strong, athletic right-hander from just outside Buffalo. While his present stuff is good, it isn't as enticing as his upside of having three at least Major League-average offerings. Armstrong's fastball sits around 90 mph and he mixes in a hard, downer curveball and changeup. Scouts think he has the potential to improve thanks to clean mechanics and his 6-fooot-3, 200-pound frame. Despite playing football and hockey in addition to baseball and not having as much game experience as his Southern counterparts, Armstrong already earns high marks for his pitchability. He is committed to Pittsburgh.
Here is a scouting report on Heim from MLB.com
6'03" 189lbs DOB: 06/27/95
The Buffalo area isn't a hotbed of baseball talent, but Heim is the second premium catching prospect in two years area scouts have had to evaluate. At 6-foot-3, 189 pounds, Heim is large for a catcher, but he has plenty of upside. Despite his size, he has good pop times and is fairly agile behind the plate. Heim has a strong arm and, in time, has the potential to be at least an average defender. There are more questions surrounding his offensive ability, but he has some raw power and has a good approach at the plate. Heim is committed to Michigan State.