June 8, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior RHP John Leonard, junior RHP Mike Dennhardt and junior SS Brad Zapenas were all selected on the third and final day of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft Wednesday.
Leonard and Dennhardt were taken off the board early in the day when they were drafted in the 32nd round. Leonard was the 975th overall pick to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim while Dennhardt went 10 picks later to the Cincinnati Reds.
Zapenas was drafted later in the afternoon when the Chicago Cubs took him in the 42nd round (1269th overall).
Leonard was drafted by the San Francisco Giants (36th round, 1098th overall) following his junior year but chose to come back for his senior season. He was the workhorse of a depleted starting rotation due to injuries in 2011, leading the team with 13 starts and 75.1 innings pitched.
Leonard finished the year 4-7 with a 5.38 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 22 walks. He started the season by allowing nine earned runs in his first five starts for a 2.45 ERA in 33.1 innings. He went 3-1 in that span.
The Hanover, Mass. product was a weekend starter for three seasons. He finished his BC career with a 6.22 ERA and an 11-15 record in 217.0 innings.
Leonard excelled against wood bats in the Cape Cod Baseball League where he played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox for two summers. He amassed a 5-4 record and a 2.27 ERA in 71.2 innings. He struck out 50 and walked 21 and was named an all-star during the 2009 summer campaign.
Dennhardt entered the season as the Friday night starter but his season was cut short on March 11 at Florida State when he injured his elbow. Further tests revealed that he needed to undergo Tommy John surgery which he did in April, ending his junior season.
He finished with a 1-2 record and a 5.89 ERA in just 18.1 innings pitched. He has a career 10-11 record and a 6.22 ERA in 28 starts and 35 total appearances. He started 10 or more games in each of his first two seasons with the Eagles.
Dennhardt spent the last two summers in the Cape Cod League with the Chatham Anglers. Following his freshman campaign, he went 2-3 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts. He was even better following his sophomore season, going 2-3 with a 1.80 ERA. He struck out 38 batters and walked just 12 in 45.0 innings.
Zapenas has started at shortstop every game the last two seasons, a total of 108 contests. He also started 52 games as a freshman in 2009 at both second and short.
Regarded as one of the best defensive shortstops in the ACC, Zapenas batted .229 with 10 doubles and 18 RBIs this season after he recorded a .318 batting average as a sophomore in 2010. He also drew a career-high 25 walks and scored 31 times this year. Both of those numbers led the team.
Zapenas is a career .279 hitter in his 160 starts with 99 runs, 58 RBIs and 32 extra base hits. He has a fielding percentage of .970 after committing six errors in each of the last two seasons. His range and ability to get to nearly every ball is part of the reason he earned the Rawlings Finest in the Field Award from the Northwoods League last summer.