On Day Three of the draft, another Division II College World Series player was popped.
Dowling (N.Y.) senior catcher David Wendt was selected by the Rays in the 50th and final round of the 2009 draft. He was the 1,519th lucky player chosen—third to last.
"I just wanted to get drafted," Wendt told the Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), "I didn’t care if it was 20th round or 50th round."
A three-year starter for the Golden Lions, Wendt consistently hit between .290 and .300 each season as the teams starting catcher. Wendt batted .299 with 12 doubles, two home runs and 28 RBIs last season.
Wendt’s club appeared in the D-II College World Series but was eliminated by UC San Diego before the championship game. He finished among Dowling’s career leaders in most offensive categories following an impressive 2009 season—in which he stole 21 bases in 28 attempts and threw out 24 of 58 basestealers.