- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 6, 2012

After being widely overlooked on the first two days of the MLB first-year player draft, Maryland and Georgetown shortstops were drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Terrapin Alfredo Rodriguez was picked in the 17th round, and Hoya Mike Garza was chosen less than an hour later in the 20th.

Rodriguez already had a relationship with the Brewers after being selected by them in the 32nd round last year. He opted to return to College Park for his senior season and is fortunate that the organization was willing to wait.

“It’s hard to put it into words,” he said Wednesday, “but it’s been a great experience already through college, and I’m just really excited. I feel blessed that I was able to get this opportunity, and hopefully I’ll make the most of it.”

A finalist for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year award, Rodriguez started 177 consecutive games for Maryland and tied the school record with 62 career stolen bases. Rodriguez batted .294 with 44 RBI this season and has a program-best 27 sacrifice hits in his four years at College Park.

Garza was spending time in his Texas home when he got the call. The 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt junior was a one-man wrecking crew for the Hoyas this season. He was named to the All-Big East first team and led the Hoyas in hits (86), doubles (21), home runs (eight), RBI (44) and total bases (135). He is only the 12th Georgetown player to be drafted.

“You work hard to get to this point and now it all pays off, so it’s very rewarding,” Garza told Georgetown athletics shortly after being selected.

Rodriguez and Garza saw teammates selected later Wednesday as the 40-round draft wound to its conclusion. Terps left-hander James Reed (21st round) and right-hander Charles Haslup (26th) went to the Yankees, and the Nationals tabbed right-hander Michael Boyden in the 31st round. Georgetown outfielder Justin Leeson went to the Royals in the 39th round.

Other draftees with local ties included a pair of Radford players who also were teammates at Bowie’s Archbishop Spalding High School, outfielder Matt Hillsinger (Athletics, 22nd round) and shortstop Jeff Kemp (Angels, 31st). Right-hander Shane Halley became the latest Virginia player to go, taken in the 20th round by the Royals. Virginia Tech had a pair of players selected in lefty Joe Mantiply (Phillies, 28th) and right-hander Ronnie Shaban (Cardinals, 33rd). George Mason right-hander Brandon Kuter went to the Rangers in the 29th, and catcher Max Ungar of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville went to the Nats in the 36th.