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July 9, 2014

Feeling a draft: Looking back at 73 years of area draft picks

Noah Vonleh made history when the ex-Haverhill great was recently chosen ninth overall by the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.

Our area has a proud history in the draft, particularly in baseball and football. Here is a look at all the area stars who've ever been drafted in the major sports.


Out of high school

2010-14 | Nobody

2009 | Michael Yastrzemski, outfield, Andover/St. John's Prep, 36th round (1,098th pick)

2005-06 | Nobody

2004 | Phillips Academy/Bourne pitcher Adam Crabtree, 15th round (443rd), Anaheim Angels

2001-03 | Nobody

2000 | Brian Wilson, rhp, Londonderry, Cleveland Indians, 30th round (906th)

1999 | Doug Johnson, p, Pelham, N.H., Cleveland Indians, 45th round (1,353rd)

1996 | Bryan Welch, p, Central Catholic/Salem, N.H., Kansas City, 37th round (1,099th)

1995 | Jay Yennaco, p, Windham/Pinkerton, 3rd round Red Sox (74th other overall, highest ever for a local high schooler);

1994 | Nobody drafted

1993 | Sean DePaula, p, Derry/Cushing, 8th round Red Sox (219th) ....didn't sign, went to Wake Forest for 3 years and drafted again

1987 | Steve Lemuth, of, Pentucket, 11th round (279th), Montreal

1981 | Dennis Livingston, p, North Reading, 5th round (113th), San Francisco

1976 | Larry Douglas, ss, Salem, N.H., 6th round (122nd), Detroit

1972 | Victor Sanchez, ss, Pentucket, 10th round (222nd), Milwaukee

1971 | Peter Quinlan, of, North Reading, 9th round (213th), Baltimore; Milton Holt, p, Phillips/Hawaii, 37th round (744th), St. Louis

1969 | Brian Blaney, p, Methuen, 30th round (695th), Pittsburgh

1968 | Mike Camuso, p, Central Catholic, 36th round (783rd), Boston

1966 | James Skovron, p, Pentucket, 35th round (668th), Pittsburgh


2014 none

2013 Mike Johnson of Georgetown, Brooks/Dartmouth, 14th round (No. 424), Dodgers; Mike Yastrzemski of Andover, Vanderbilt, 14th round (No. 429), Orioles; Zach Mathieu of Derry, Franklin Pierce, 16th round (No. 476), Mets; John Farrell of Andover, William & Mary, 21st round (No. 638), Rays; Eric Perrault, Salem/Keene State, undrafted free agent Arizona Diamondbacks; Merrimack senior pitcher/DH Joe Mantoni, 18th round (No. 555) by the Cincinnati

2012 UMass junior pitcher Dennis Torres of Lawrence/Central Catholic, 28th round (No. 852) by Orioles; Vanderbilt junior outfielder Mike Yastrzemski of Andover/St. John’s Prep, 30th round (No. 911) by Seattle;

2011 Jhiomar Veras of Methuen/Western Oklahoma State (15th round, 463rd pick, Florida); Ruben Sosa of Lawrence/Oklahoma City University (23rd round, 700th pick, Houston); Mike Hashem of North Andover/Fisher College (35th round, 1,076th pick, Atlanta),

2010 Ryan O'Rourke, Merrimack College, 13th round (405th), Minnesota Twins; Jim Wood, Trinity College/Windham, 47th round (1,422nd overall), by Seattle

2009 | David Wendt, C, Methuen/Dowling College, Tampa Bay Rays, 50th round (1,519th pick)

2007 | Terry Doyle, RHP, Salem/Boston College, Los Angeles Dodgers, 21st round (656th pick); Billy Mottram, 3B, Haverhill/Dowling College, Chicago Cubs, 36th round (1,082nd pick)

2006 | Chris Anderson, Northern Essex sophomore/Portsmouth, N.H., Minnesota Twins, 18th round (546th); Tim Stronach, Haverhill/Whittier Tech, Worcester State junior pitcher, 22nd round (664th pick), N.Y. Mets; Mike Chambers, Londonderry, Franklin Pierce senior second baseman, 32nd round (973rd pick), Boston Red Sox

2005 | Nobody

2004 | Andover's Kevin Shepard of Andover, BC pitcher, 30th round (902nd), Philadelphia Phillies; Pelham's Derek Miller, UVM pitcher, 47th round (1,390th), Milwaukee Brewers; Haverhill's Ryan Mooradian, Northern Essex pitcher, 48th round (1,429th), Arizona Diamondbacks

2003 | Haverhill's Omar Pena, Northeastern infielder, 15th round (485th pick), St. Louis Cardinals; Brian Wilson of Londonderry, LSU pitcher, 24th round (723rd pick), San Francisco Giants; Buster Mottram, North Andover/UMass Lowell, catcher, 24th round (726rd pick), Arizona Diamondbacks

2002 | Doug Johnson, RHP, Pelham/Bryant Jr., Colorado Rockies, 5th round, 142nd pick

Jeff Mackor, C, Salem/BC Sr., Houston Astros, 15th round, 461st pick

2001 | Rollins senior pitcher Mark O'Sullivan of Andover, 25th round (749th), Anaheim Angels

2000 | Hugh Quattlebaum, 3b, Andover/Phillips Academy, Williams College, Detroit Tigers, 25th round (738th)

1999 | Colin Young, p, Fordham/West Newbury, 9th round (280th), Colorado Rockies

1998 | Carlos Pena, 1b, Haverhill/Northeastern, 1st round (10th pick), Texas Rangers; Zack Lush, North Andover/Brooks, Florida Tech, 46th round (1,368th), Baltimore Orioles

1997 | John Guilmet, p, Merrimack/North Andover, Detroit, 34th round (1,015th)

1996 | Sean DePaula, p, Derry/Cushing Academy, Wake Forest, 9th round (273rd), Cleveland Indians; John Guilmet, p, North Andover, Merrimack, 44th round (1,302nd), Chicago Cubs; Garrett Larkin, ss, Merrimack, 19th round (546th), Pittsburgh Pirates

1995 | Bill Batchelder, p, North Andover/UNH, 30th round (820th), Oakland; Jerry Parent, ss, Merrimack, 31st round (852nd), Milwaukee

1992 | Jim Thomforde, p, Phillips/Trinity, 13th round (354th), N.Y. Yankees

1991 | Peter Feeley, 3b, North Reading/ULowell, 18th round (478th), Detroit

1990 | Greg Coppeta, p, Methuen/Central/So. Maine, 9th round (231st), Detroit; Rob Carpentier, p, Andover/UNH, 26th round (688th), N.Y. Mets; George Evangelista, ss, G'town/Central/Merrimack, 47th round (1,192nd), Texas; Paul Matachun, 3b, Lawrence/Eastern Conn., 52nd round (1,285th), Texas

1989 | David Lavallee, 3b, Plaistow, N.H./Central/URI, 35th round (896th), Texas

1988 | Dean Borrelli, c, Salem, N.H./Central/UMass, 20th round (515th); Bob LeFebre, of, Lawrence/Miami Dade South CC/Fla. Southern, 75th round (1,433rd), Yankees

1987 | Bob LeFebre, of, Lawrence/Miami-Dade South CC, 10th round (259th), Philadelpha ... didn't sign

1985 | Dick Kiluk, of, Haverhill/CC, Northern Essex/ULowell, 19th round (476th), Pittsburgh; Buzz Franzen, Salem, N.H./Northern Essex/Curry, 25th round (661st), Cleveland

1984 | Dennis Livingston, North Reading/Oklahoma St., 1st round, (23rd), Dodgers (only first rounder ever in area history until Carlos Pena); Marty Reed, p, Timberlane/UTampa, 14th round (346th), California

1982 | Brian Farley, p, Methuen/Vanderbilt, 6th round (153rd), St. Louis

1981 | Brian Farley, p, Methuen/St. Petersburg JC, 8th round (190th) January draft, California

1978 | Steve Bedrosian, p, Methuen, Northern Essex, New Haven, 3rd round (53rd), Atlanta

1972 | Mike Camuso, p, Lawrence/Central/ULowell 14th round (333rd), St. Louis

Didn't Grow Up in Area

1975 | John Tudor, Peabody/Ga. Southern, now Middleton, 21st round, N.Y. Mets

1971 | Jim Rice, Anderson/S.C., now North Andover, 1st round, Boston; Kevin Hunt, Londonderry, Doane (Neb.) College, 4th round January draft, Minnesota

1969 | William Norton, Merrimack College (not sure where he's from), 1st round January draft, Boston; Rawly Eastwick of Haddonfield, N.J., now West Newbury, 3rd round, Cincinnati


Here is a rundown of local football players who have been chosen in the NFL Draft.

UConn tight end Ryan Griffin of Londonderry, 2013; 6th round (201st overall), Houston Texans; Zak DeOssie, North Andover/Phillips, Brown, New York Giants, fourth round (116th pick), 2007; Wayne Lucier, Salem/St. John's Prep, Colorado, N.Y. Giants, 7th round (249th pick), 2003; Rob Konrad, North Andover/St. John's Prep, Syracuse, Miami, 2nd round (43rd pick overall), 1999; Steve Doig, North Reading, UNH, Detroit, 3rd round (69th pick), 1982; Ray Preston, Lawrence, Syracuse, San Diego, 11th round (295th pick), 1976;

Dave Rozumek, Lawrence, UNH, Kansas City, 15th round (415th pick), 1976; Bob Shann, North Andover, BC, Philadelphia, 20th round (272nd pick); Eugene "Bear" Carrington, Haverhill/Boston College, Pittsburgh, 9th round (123rd pick), 1963; Jack Moynihan, Central Catholic, Holy Cross, N.Y. Giants, 12th round (165th pick), 1961; Pat Burke, Lawrence, Michigan State, N.Y. Giants, 11th round (133rd pick), 1957; Louis Lovely, Haverhill, Boston University, Philadelphia Eagles, 23rd round (266 pick), 1957; Bill Quinlan, Lawrence, Michigan State, Cleveland, third round (37th pick), 1956; Bob Lovely, Haverhill, Tampa, Chicago Cardinals, 9th round (101st pick), 1956; Gene Goudreault, Haverhill, Boston College, Detroit Lions, second round (15th pick), 1941

2001 | James Perry of Andover, NFL Europe, 12th round, Barcelona Dragons

Buddy Farnham of Andover/Brown undrafted free agent in 2010


Noah Vonleh, Haverhill, Indiana, Charlotte Hornets, 1st round (9th pick), 2014

Todd Orlando, Andover, Bentley, Boston Celtics, 5th round (116th pick), 1984

Joe Dickson, Merrimack, Boston Celtics 9th round (206th pick), 1984

Dana Skinner, Merrimack, Boston Celtics, 3rd round (50th pick), 1978

Ed Murphy, Merrimack, Atlanta Hawks, 8th round (160th pick), 1978

Steve McMahon, Merrimack, Cincinnati Royals, 5th round (134th pick), 1972

Possibly there have been other Merrimack players drafted


2014: Tyler Bird, Andover/KUA, Columbus, 5th round (No. 137); J.D. Dudek, Pinkerton/KUA, New Jersey, 6th round (No. 152); Nolan Vesey, North Reading/South Shore Kings, Toronto 6th round, (No. 158)

2013: Zach Sanford, Pinkerton, 2nd round (No. 61), Capitals; Ryan Fitzgerald, North Reading/Malden Catholic, 4th round (No. 120) Bruins; Brian Pinho, North Andover/St. John’s, 6th round (No. 174), Capitals

2012: Jimmy Vesey, Belmont Hill/North Reading, Nashville Predators, 3rd round (66th overall)

2011: Colin Blackwell, St. John's/North Andover, San Jose Sharks, 7th round (194th overall)

2009 | Chris Kreider, Phillips left wing from Boxford; 1st round (19th pick), N.Y. Rangers

2006 | John McCarthy, Andover, Boston University, seventh round (202nd pick), San Jose Sharks

2005 | Nobody

2004 | Phillips Academy goalie Cory Schneider of Marblehead, 1st round (26th overall), Vancouver Canucks

2003 | Phillips Academy defenseman John Doherty of Lynnfield, Toronto Maple Leafs, 2nd round (57th pick)

2002 | Merrimack College's Matt Foy, 6th round (175th), Minnesota Wild

2001 | Merrimack College's Anthony Aquino, 3rd round (92nd), Dallas Stars; Marco Rosa, Merrimack, 8th round (255th), Dallas Stars; Paul Lynch, North Andover High (school choice from Peabody)/Valley Junior Warriors, fifth round (138th), Tampa Bay

Also: Steve Heinze, North Andover, Lawrence Academy, Boston Bruins, third round (60th pick overall), 1988; Ethan Philpott, PA '93, Harvard; 3rd round pick, 64th overall by Buffalo in 93;

Peter Harris, Haverhill High, 8th round in 1986, 164th overall to N.Y. Isles, went to UML

Jim Hrivnak, Merrimack, 3rd round (61st), 1986, Washington

Jim Vesey, Merrimack, 8th round (155th), 1984, St. Louis

Major League Lacrosse

2012: Hobart midfielder Bobby Dattilo of Derry, fourth round MLL’s Rochester Rattlers;

2005: Greg McCarthy, Pinkerton/Hobart, Boston, 16th round; Brian Boyle, Pinkerton/Penn State, Long Island, 16th round

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