Pridie, Nonemaker Selected in First Day of Major League
Baseball Draft 6/4/02
baseball signee Jason Pridie (PRY-dee) and outgoing senior
Karl Nonemaker were selected in the first day of the 2002
Major League Draft Tuesday, June 4. The two-day draft concludes
Pridie, a member of the 2003 Vanderbilt baseball recruiting
class, was selected by Tampa Bay in the second round (43rd
pick overall). Nonemaker was taken in the 20th round (599th
overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies.
outfielder and pitcher at Prescott High School in Prescott,
Ariz., Pridie enjoyed a highly decorated career with the Badgers.
As a senior left-handed hitter, he led Prescott to the Arizona
4A Conference State Championship while hitting a team-best
.566 with 11 home runs, 12 doubles, eight triples and a 1.182
slugging percentage. He earned several honors, including Arizona
player of the year, region player of the year, Prescott Courier
player of the year, and selection to the 4A Conference All-Star
team. The 6-1, 175-pound Pridie also led Prescott on the mound
as a right-hander hurler with an 8-1 mark.
Pridie can wait until August 28, the first day of classes
at Vanderbilt, to decide between playing collegiate or professional
a 6-1, 190-pound left-handed hitting outfielder from Roxbury,
N.J., finished his four-year collegiate career this season
as Vanderbilt's all-time leader in career hits with 283. His
.369 career batting average ranks as the school's highest
all-time among four-year players. The talented center fielder
registered 91 multi-hit games during his Commodore career
and ranks among Vanderbilt's top 10 hitters all-time in at
bats (fourth-767), doubles (tied-fifth) and runs scored (seventh-runs
"It's one of the best feelings you could ever have," Nonemaker
said. "There was a little bit of pressure waiting around to
see if it was going to happen. Four to five scouts had said
they passed along my name and after that it's been a waiting
game. I'm relieved. It's like catching a second wind and now
I have a chance to play."
Nonemaker says he will sign a professional contract in Philadelphia
in the coming days. He will then spend time at the Phillies
spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla., before reporting
to the Batavia Muckdogs in Batavia, N.Y., Philadelphia's Short
A squad in the New York-Penn League.