Multiple PGCBL players, past and present, for local teams selected in 2021 MLB Draft

Multiple players who spent their summers playing for the Oneonta Outlaws, Utica Blue Sox, and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs of the PGCBL are now officially draftees of Major League teams.

Posted: Jul 13, 2021 6:40 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2021 6:42 PM

WKTV - Multiple players who have called the diamonds of Central New York home during summers are one step closer to realizing their dream of making it to the Majors.

Collegiate baseball players who have played for the Oneonta Outlaws, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, and Utica Blue Sox in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) have been selected in the 2021 MLB Draft.

John Rhodes, an outfielder and member of the 2019 Outlaws, was drafted in the third round with the 76th overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles. From the University of Kentucky, Rhodes hit .316 with three home runs and nine doubles in the summer of 2019 for Oneonta.

CJ Rodriguez, a catcher who played for the DiamondDawgs in 2019, was drafted in the fifth round with the 158th overall pick by the Oakland Athletics. Considered one of the top defensive catchers in the country, Rodriguez batted .250 with 13 RBI for the Dawgs in Little Falls. He plays collegiate ball for Vanderbilt University.

Colton Bender, also a catcher, played for the Blue Sox in 2018, where he hit .327 with 11 RBI in 15 games. He was drafted in the tenth round with the 310th overall pick by the San Diego Padres. He is a product of Quinnipiac University.

Jimmy Joyce, a pitcher and current member of the DiamondDawgs, was taken in the 16th round with the 474th overall pick by the Seattle Mariners. Joyce also played for Mohawk Valley in the 2019 season, where he hit .206 with run home run and seven RBI, while pitching 41.1 innings and striking out 47 on the mound.

This summer, Joyce is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in nine games for the Dawgs. He's struck out 21 in 12.2 innings pitched. He is a product of Hofstra University, on Long Island.

Justin Guerrera, a shortstop who also played on the 2019 DiamondDawgs, was selected in the 20th round at 592 overall by the New York Mets. He currently attends Fairfield University in Connnecticut, and hit .306 with three home runs, 25 RBI and 10 stolen bases with Mohawk Valley.

The PGCBL is a summer baseball league for college student-athetes that competes in July and August, and is considered one of the top summer baseball leagues in the country.

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