NewsFormer MVNU Standout to Play in Arizona Fall League
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Marty McLeary, a former Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball standout, has been selected to play in the 2002 Arizona Fall League.
McLeary, who compiled 26 victories and a school-record 2.35 earned run average during his career for the Cougars from 1995-1997, has been named to the roster of the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions' roster is compiled with prospects from the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Anaheim Angels, and Kansas City Royals.
McLeary, who was drafted by Boston in the tenth round of the 1997 amateur draft, recently finished his sixth season in the Red Sox minor league system. He has spent parts of two seasons playing for Pawtucket, the team's top minor league team. In 2001, he was named to the Double A All-Star Game and posted a 10-8 record with two saves.
The Arizona Fall League, which is sponsored by Major League Baseball, is entering its eleventh season in 2002. There will be 28 former first round draft picks among the teams' rosters including Adrian Gonzalez, the top pick overall in 2000 of the Florida Marlins. The Scorpions' roster includes Gookie Dawkins and Wily Mo Pena of the Cincinnati Reds.
"I am excited about the opportunity to go and see how I stack up against some of the top prospects in baseball," said McLeary. "This will be a good chance for me show what I'm capable of doing."
The Arizona Fall League gets under way on October 1 and runs through November 23.