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Coyle, Gosselin, Grovatt, Kirsch drafted

A shortstop for Germantown Academy followed a pitcher from Germantown Friends off the board as baseball's annual draft continued Tuesday.

A shortstop for Germantown Academy followed a pitcher from Germantown Friends off the board as baseball's annual draft continued Tuesday.

Using the 110th overall pick, a third-round choice, the Boston Red Sox picked Sean Coyle.

In 30 games this season for Germantown Academy, Coyle batted .562 (50 for 89) with 55 RBIs, 45 runs, and 13 home runs. The Patriots' No. 3 hitter had 22 stolen bases (in 22 tries), 20 walks, 14 doubles, and 4 triples. He had a 1.236 slugging percentage and .713 on-base percentage.

Rounds 2-30 were completed Tuesday, with 31-50 to come Wednesday. Coyle was the second local player selected, after Germantown Friends pitcher Jason Biddle, who was drafted in the first round by the Phillies on Monday.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Coyle, of Chalfont, has committed to North Carolina, where his brother, Tommy, also a GA product, is a freshman infielder.

Coyle, projected as a second baseman at the next level, worked out for Boston last Wednesday at Fenway Park. "I was pleased with how things went. I guess they were, too," he said.

Former Malvern Prep star Phil Gosselin was snagged by the Braves in the fifth round (164th overall pick), Seneca graduate Dan Grovatt went in the 11th round (327th), and Marple Newtown lefthander Chris Kirsch was picked by the Pirates in the 13th round (387th).

Both Gosselin and Grovatt are juniors for the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers, who will host Oklahoma this weekend in an NCAA super regional. Gosselin, a second baseman, is hitting .378 with 57 RBIs - last season, he homered off Stephen Strasburg in an NCAA tournament game - while Grovatt, an outfielder, is hitting .289 with 56 RBIs.

In 2007, Grovatt was 10-1 with a 2.11 ERA for Seneca and batted .588 on a team that won the New Jersey Group 3 title.

Kirsch is something of a late-bloomer who was known for his wildness as recently as two years ago. This season, he was the ace of a Tigers team that finished 17-3.

In the 20th round, Villanova outfielder Justin Bencsko was selected by Pittsburgh, 15 rounds after fellow Villanova outfielder Matt Szczur (Lower Cape May High) was taken by the Cubs. Also in the 20th round, Delaware first baseman Ryan Cuneo was drafted by the Cubs.

Three prospects were picked by the teams their fathers manage - rightfielder Ozney Guillen (Ozzie Guillen's son, drafted by the White Sox), catcher Patrick Leyland (Jim Leyland's son, the Tigers), and pitcher Brett Bochy (Bruce Bochy's son, the Giants).

Shortstop Dickie Thon Jr., the son of the former Philles shortstop (1989-91) of the same name, was drafted 156th overall by the Blue Jays.

One round before picking Coyle, the Red Sox grabbed Texas righthanded pitcher Brandon Workman, who was drafted by the Phillies in 2007 (third round) but not signed. He is 12-1 this season for the Longhorns.