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June 10, 2014

O-State's Ascher drafted by Rays in 17th round


Ascher becomes the first O-State player selected in the draft since hard-throwing Dave Filak was picked by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. Filak played four professional seasons in the minor leagues, a career that ended in 2013.

Ascher went 6-4 for an O-State squad that finished 13-25.

On March 14, Ascher struck out 15 in a two-hitter as the Red Dragons defeated Clarkson, 2-0. He threw a four-hitter with seven strikeouts in leading O-State to an 8-0 victory against Kean on March 22.

His final appearance of the season came against Division III powerhouse Cortland, a 9-1 loss in the SUNYAC tournament. Ascher allowed five runs on eight hits over seven innings. He struck out one and walked five.

Ascher’s selection also marks the second time the Rays have picked a player with local ties in recent years. In the 2008 draft, Tampa drafted Cooperstown graduate Phil Pohl out of high school in the 44th round.

Pohl opted to attend Clemson, where he played catcher for four seasons.

Pohl was drafted in the 28th round by the Oakland A’s in 2012, and is playing for Beloit Snappers -- the Oakland’s mid-level Single-A team.

Also drafted was former Oneonta Outlaws pitcher Jeremy Rhoades, who went in the fourth round to the Los Angeles Angels. Rhoades played for the Outlaws in 2012 and was selected to play in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star game that season.

Rhoades, a right-hander, played in college for Illinois State.

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