St. John’s Prep isn’t the only local school the Baltimore Orioles are drawing talent from.
Endicott College senior Tad Gold, an outfielder who was a first-team All-American and the D3Baseball.com Player of the Year in 2014, was chosen by the Bird in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft this weekend.
The 1,051st overall selection, Gold was the 14th Division 3 player selected in the entire draft, and is just the second Endicott alum to be choice (Joining Matt Bishop of the Class of 2006).
“I couldn’t be more proud of and excited for Tad,” said Endicott head coach Bryan Haley, who coached Gold in all four of his collegiate seasons.
“He has worked year round for the past four years to make himself a better player and he has earned himself an incredible opportunity. The Endicott baseball family will all be following and supporting Tad as he elevates himself through the professional ranks.”
The Baltimore organization has several local connections, having drafted St. John’s Prep graduate Pat Connaughton in the fourth round of last week’s draft and also having former Eagle Mike Yastrzemski in their system.
A native of Martha’s Vineyard, Gold is one of the best players to ever come through Endicott. The graduates as the program’s all-time leader in hits (222), runs (163), triples (23) and stolen bases (94). Gold was the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2014 after hitting .429 with 45 RBI, 60 runs scores and 28 steals. He also did not make an error in the field.
“He is a special player and a truly one of a kind young man. I’m excited to see where this new journey takes him,” said Haley.
Endicott’s baseball team is an impressive 130-61 over the last four teams in two appearances in the NCAA New England Regional finals and two ECAC Division 3 New England titles. Gold was named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference All-Conference team three times and garnered All-America nods from both D3Baseball.com and the ABCA this past season.