Stark, Leal selected by Brewers in MLB Draft
by Andy Collier
Jun 10, 2014 | 3048 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Delta State catcher Carlos Leal got in some action as a pitcher during last fall. Even though Leal was a catcher at DSU for two seasons, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers as a pitcher in the 34th round of the MLB  draft.
Bolivar Commercial / Elisabetta Zengaro Delta State catcher Carlos Leal got in some action as a pitcher during last fall. Even though Leal was a catcher at DSU for two seasons, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers as a pitcher in the 34th round of the MLB draft.
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Delta State’s Taylor Stark and Carlos Leal had the thrill of having their names called out during the Major League Baseball Draft this past weekend.

Stark, a right handed pitcher was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 30th round (896th pick), while Leal was selected by the Brewers in the 34th round (1,016th pick).

“I hope both of those guys can go on and prove themselves,” Delta State head baseball coach Mike Kinnison said. “I’m just excited about the opportunity both of them have in front of them. Like it is for so many players, it’s a dream come true for them.”

Stark and Leal recently concluded their careers at DSU with good seasons.

Stark went 2-1 with four saves and a 2.66 ERA in 16 appearances. Stark gave up 19 hits with 23 strikeouts and only four walks in 20.1 innings of work.

Last season, Stark went 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA in 18 appearances. He struck out 24 batters and gave up 24 hits with nine walks in 23 innings. Stark played his first two seasons of college ball at Mississippi State University.

“Stark showed enough arm strength during the year that I think the scouts were interested in that and wanted to see how much more he could develop,” Kinnison said. “He was able to get the fastball in the 90-mile an hour range, and he’s certainly got some potential to develop there. I wish him the best.”

Leal, who played catcher at DSU for two seasons, finished up 2014 with a home run, 37 RBIs, 56 hits and a .359 batting average in 46 games. Leal threw out 12 of 42 base runners trying to steal and committed just five errors with a .980 fielding percentage. Last season, Leal hit .310 with a home run and 27 RBIs in 45 games.

Leal was drafted as a pitcher, because of his strong throwing arm. Leal played his first two seasons of college ball at East Central Community College and drafted in the 33rd round of the MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 as a catcher.

“A lot of people had interest in him,” Kinnison said about Leal. “I knew it would be late rounds, but I’m excited he got an opportunity. He had two great years for us. He was one of those hard workers you really appreciate as a coach. He has a great attitude and for him to get an opportunity is a dream come true for him.”