TA grad drafted by MLB’s Cleveland
Michael Papi, a 2011 Tunkhannock Area High School graduate, who plays baseball for the University of Virginia, was called up in the first round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft Thursday night.
He was selected by the Cleveland Indians’ organization, and was the 38th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft.
Papi, while still a senior in high school, was drafted in the 30th round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels, but chose to pass up becoming a pro so he could attend college.
A dream of his was to participate in a College World Series, and his Virginia Cavaliers will be doing just that over the next couple of weeks, as on Monday night they beat the University of Maryland to become one of eight teams competing for the CWS title in Omaha, Nebraska.
Whether Papi stays in college for his senior year after the World Series is a point of major speculation.
According to MLB’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 38th pick in this year’s draft by the Cleveland Indians has a $1.495 million signing bonus on it.
Papi received the news of his selection around 10:40 Thursday night while watching the draft at a restaurant with his teammates.
His parents, Joseph and Laurie Papi, watched the draft unfold from their Tunkhannock home via live television on the MLB network.
His dad, a retired Tunkhannock Area Middle School principal who coached or managed countless Little League, American Legion, Tunkhannock Area and travel team athletes over the past two decades, said simply on Friday, “We’re very pleased to see Mike’s lifelong dream progress to the next level.”
For additional stories about Papi, see pages 13 and 18.