Genesee Community College Baseball had two players get selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball first-year player draft. Sophomore John Polonius (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles) was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 30th round of the draft (908th overall). While recent graduate Andre Kinder (Albion, NY) was selected in the 42nd round of the draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. In the past five years the Cougars have seen four players get drafted (Yimy Rodriguez, 2010; and Chris Page, 2009), and a fifth sign as a free agent, Ryan Gugel 2009.
Polonius a standout shortstop described by Head Coach Skip Sherman as â€œprobably the best player I've ever had,â€ is currently playing summer ball with the Edenton Streamers in the Coastal Plains League. The 2011 Genesee Male Athlete of The Year will continue playing ball for West Virginia University in 2012 where he has received a scholarship that will cover 85 percent of his costs.
Kinder, a left-handed pitcher completed his collegiate career this year playing for the Peru State Bobcats. â€œI'm very proud of Andre,â€ said Cougars coach Skip Sherman. â€œHe was on some radars last year, and I thought it might happen, especially after Yimy Rodriguez was drafted last year. I'm happy this happened for him.
In addition to the five players heading to the major leagues, Genesee Baseball has had 38 players receive athletic scholarship money to continue playing at the next level. According to Sherman â€œI think that's our role as a junior collegeâ€¦ it's nice to know that we are doing a good job at preparing and marketing these students.â€