Two Rams picked in 2015 MLB Draft
On Wednesday the San Diego Padres drafted Fordham pitcher Brett Kennedy in the 11th round with the 327th overall pick of the 2015 MLB draft, while Fordham catcher Charles Galiano was drafted with the 1201st overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 40th round. Kennedy and Galiano are the 31st and 32nd Rams to be selected in the MLB draft.
Kennedy just wrapped up another successful year as a top pitcher on the Rams staff, leading the team in starts, wins, innnings pitched and strikeouts for the second straight season. The junior went 6-8 with a 4.14 ERA in his third year in maroon and white, while going 5-3 with a 3.51 ERA in Atlantic 10 play. The Brigantine, NJ native from Atlantic City High School set a new career high in strikeouts this season with 97 in 87 innings pitched, totalling 218 for his carrer and moving him into second place on Fordham's all-time strikeout list behind only Javier Martinez's 264 from 2004-2007. Kennedy is also in the top 15 through just three years in games started (30), and innings pitched (222). Kennedy's 2015 season also put him in the Fordham record books by tying the all-time mark for starts in a season (15) and by finishing the season tied for fourth all time in signle-season strikeouts with 97 this year.
For Galiano this is the 2nd time that he has been selected in the MLB draft. The junior from Dix Hills, NY was also selected in the 36th round right out of Commack High School by the Philadelphia Phillies. Galiano has been the primary catcher for the Rams since he stepped on campus, starting at least 49 games in each of his three seasons. This was Galiano's first season hitting over .300, as he finished with a career high batting average of .301. Galiano also set career highs in games played (54), at bats (196), runs scored (35), hits (59), home runs (9), runs batted in (36), and slugging percentage (.474). Galiano's 9 home runs in 2015 tied him for 10th most-all time in a single season by a Ram.
There is one current Fordham alumni in the major leagues right now, fellow right-handed pitcher Nick Martinez of the Texas Rangers. Martinez was drafted in the 18th round by Texas in the 2011 draft and reached the major leagues for the first time last season, when he went 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA. This season Martinez has been Texas' best pitcher, with a 5-2 record and a 2.65 ERA.
2015 is the first year that a Fordham player has gone in the MLB draft since the 2011 draft when Martinez was picked by the Rangers and the Seattle Mariners selected his Fordham teammate Max Krakowiak in the 48th round. Kennedy is the earliest Ram to go in the draft since 2007, when Cory Riordan was the first of three Rams to be selected that year. Riordan went in the 6th round to the Colorado Rockies, and is currently a member of the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. The highest a Fordham Ram has ever been picked in the MLB draft was 27th overall, when Pete Harnisch was picked by the Baltimore Orioles with their supplemental first round pick in 1987. Harnisch was a 1991 All-Star and spent 3 years of his 14 year, 6 year career with the Mets.