Merced College

Cleveland Indians draft Merced College's Jake Sisco in 3rd round

One year ago Jake Sisco gathered together his family and friends for the second day of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The high school senior thought he'd be going between the 20th and 30th rounds, and the group was eager to celebrate the momentous occasion. He did his best to wait patiently for his name to be called.

The wait proved longer than anyone anticipated as the day came to an end with Sisco undrafted.

"It was pretty embarrassing," the Merced College starting pitcher said. "There's all my family and friends waiting for me to get drafted and it didn't happen.

"I was at a friend's house the next day and was following the draft on his computer. Right around the 36th round, his Internet cut out."

Sisco went to the San Francisco Giants one round later. His mom broke the news with a phone call.

Tuesday's second day of the 2011 draft went a little more according to plan.

After a stellar first season with the Blue Devils, Sisco's draft status was on much firmer ground.

He earned NorCal and Central Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year honors after posting an 11-1 record with a 1.66 ERA and a state-best 124 strikeouts.

All accounts had Sisco going right around the third round, and the Cleveland Indians quickly took the drama out of the day by snagging him with the seventh pick of the third round and the 97th pick overall.

"My first thought was 'Hey that's me,' " Sisco said. "Everyone in the room was kind of caught off guard. There was a lot of 'Did they say Jake?' Then next thing I knew there was like seven people surrounding the TV.

"I'm very happy with the pick. I was glad I was taken by a very good organization, and one that does a good job of getting its prospects to the big leagues quickly.

"The Indians are a team on the rise, and hopefully I can be a part of that pretty soon."

Wishing to avoid a similar experience to Sisco's from a year ago, Cody Martin elected to follow the draft from the comfort of his couch with his parents.

The former Dos Palos and Gonzaga star had heard good things from scouts after leading Division I baseball with a 0.86 ERA, but Martin had been burned by expectations in the 2010 draft as well.

After an unsuccessful move to the Bulldog starting rotation, Martin slipped all the way to the 20th round.

"It was a long three hours," Martin said. "As the rounds went by I started thinking, 'Oh no. It's going to be like last year.' "

Martin's trepidation was short-lived this time. Gonzaga's all-time saves leader was taken in the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves, the same organization that drafted his father, Chuck, in 1984.

"It was a tough decision to go back to school and not start my pro career, but I knew I could do better than the 20th round," Martin said. "I came from one of the smallest towns there is and went to one of the smaller colleges in Division I, so the big schools and pro scouts have never had a lot of interest in me.

"Getting drafted in the seventh round means the hard work I put in to get noticed really paid off."

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