BRISTOL - In their short history, the Bristol Blues have seen a number of their players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. It trend continued this year with four current and former players selected this week.
Left-handed pitcher and UConn closer P.J. Poulin was taken in the 13th round by the Colorado Rockies, who also took Rayne Supple in the 13th round.
Another Husky, Tim Cate, was taken 65th overall by the Nationals, while outfielder Ryder Green, was selected in the third round by the Yankees.
Cate was the highest selection of the Blues players. The south paw was picked at the tail end of the second round by the Washington Nationals. Cate set a Huskies record with 270 strikeouts in three seasons with the team. As a sophomore, he became the first pitcher in program history to record multiple 100-plus strikeout seasons.
Cate pitched for the Blues in 2015, going 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 10 appearances - eight of which were starts.
Poulin had his best season with the Huskies in 2018. He set a school record with 16 saves as a senior and was set to pitch for the Blues this summer. The Massachusetts-native could end up playing for the Hartford Yard Goats if he moves up in the Rockies organization.
Supple was previously picked by the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 draft out of high school, but elected to go to college and attend Wake Forest. The Vermont-native became the team’s closer this season, racking up eight saves and a 5-2 record. He also had just a .178 average against him this season.
Supple had a stretch where he went 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings, including a career-best six innings out of the bullpen against North Carolina March 30. Supple pitched for the Blues in 2015, appearing in 11 games out of the bullpen.
The Yankees took Green 97th overall. Originally from Tennessee, the right-handed power hitter is committed to play for Vanderbilt next season. On top of his power, Green is said to have a great arm in the outfield and solid speed for a 205-pound player.
The only question around Green’s game is whether or not he has the contact ability for his power to actually matter. Green had previously signed on to play for the Blues this summer.
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