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"The Year of the Senior" has five Blizzard hopefuls come MLB draft day

Blizzard Draft Results / Blizzard in the pros this year

07/09/2015, 4:15pm CDT
By Adam Barta, Blizzard Baseball

Max Murphy, taken in the 9th Round by the MN Twins in '14, graduated from the Blizzard in 2011


Kris Goodman (2011 Blizzard grad)

OF Kris Goodman - (Drafted 32nd Round: Miami Marlins)

After leading his Iowa Hawkeyes to a 41-18 record, the second-most in Iowa's history, Kris Goodman raised his draft stock after hitting over .300 and earning an all-star bid to the Northwoods All-Star game in 2014.  Goodman has been a four-year mainstay in the Hawkeyes line-up since 2012, hitting a combined .264 over 650 at-bats over the course of almost 200 games. 

With nothing too flashy, Goodman is a phenominal, athletic player who can hit, play defense and run the bases.


Andrew Thome (2011 Blizzard Grad)

RHP Andrew Thome - (Free Agent Signee: Houston Astros)

6'4" RHP Andrew Thome, a mainstay as the Friday-night starter for the University of North Dakota, is hopeful his name will be called during the 2015 MLB draft after a somewhat up and down junior and senior campaign.  After dominating in the Cape Cod collegiate league in 2013, Thome struggled to remain consistent in college but still is an intriguing commodity with a big-league frame and an 88-92 mph sinker that plays at the next level.  Couple that with a good SL and a solid average change up and Thome is worth the risk in adding a good arm in the mid to late rounds.


David Ernst (2011 Blizzard grad)

RHP David Ernst- (Free Agent Signee: Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks)

David Ernst, a mainstay in the rotation at North Dakota State University, was recently signed by American Association's Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.  

The American Association, regarded as one of the top pro independent leagues in baseball, takes the 6'3" right hander Ernst after he compiled he was named to the All-Summit League second team his junior year when he went 5-5 with a 3.60 ERA and led the Bison to their first league title.  He pitched 7 1/3 innings with six strikeouts in a 2-1 loss to No. 1 seed Oregon State in the NCAA regional.
 
Ernst, a right-hander drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2011 out of Fargo South High School, made a school-record 53 starts for the Bison from 2012-15.  His 159 career strikeouts were the third most in NDSU's Division I history.

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