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Ceciliani drafted by Tampa Bay

4A all-state outfielder grabbed in 34th round


by: PIONEER FILE PHOTO - Madras outfielder Devin Ceciliani (middle), seen here after blasting a home run against Estacada earlier in the season, was a 34th round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Sunday.After committing to NCAA Division II Western Oregon University to play football earlier this year, recent Madras graduate Devin Ceciliani has a decision to make.

Go and play football for the Wolves, or play professional baseball in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Devin was selected in the 34th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which concluded Sunday night, and the family is expected to meet with representatives from the club Thursday, his father Darrell Sr., said.

Devin was the 1,028th pick of the draft, and one of two Oregon high school players selected. Siuslaw’s Jake Thompson was taken 20 picks ahead of Ceciliani by the Chicago Cubs as the other prep star to go in the draft.

“We’re just kind of taking it one day at a time right now,” Darrell Ceciliani, his father, said. “We thought he could get drafted, but we knew the scouts knew he wanted to play football, so it was still a bit of a surprise.”

Darrell said the meeting Thursday is going to be the time the Rays personnel present their plan for Devin, and then they will go from there.

Ceciliani’s son — Devin’s older brother — Darrell Jr., currently plays in the New York Mets’ farm system for Class AA Binghamton.

Devin CecilianiEven though Devin’s future plans, at least for the moment, include suiting up to play football for WOU in the fall, the family is keeping an open mind to what path Devin may take; it’s as much as a family decision as it is a personal one for Devin.

“We have to sit down and listen to what they have to say,” Ceciliani said. “Devin is still planning on going to school and playing football, but this definitely changes things. They will present their plans, and we will see where we go from here.”

There were 21 players with Oregon ties picked in the draft, led by Medford native and University of Nevada-Reno ace pitcher Braden Shipley, who was picked 15th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Devin, who was selected to the second team of the Class 4A baseball all-state team, hit a team-high .410 this year and was a first-team all-Tri Valley Conference selection as an outfielder.

He was a perfect 20-for-20 in stolen bases this year and hit two home runs, both of which came in the same game, a 12-10 win against Estacada on May 6.

He helped lead the Buffs to the Class 4A play-in round, which is where the season ended after a 2-1 loss to semifinalist Klamath Union.

During the season, Madras head baseball coach Joe Dominiak said about 15 teams had called him, interested in seeing what the blazing-fast centerfielder could do.

On the football field, Devin was an all-state performer at wide receiver and made the all-conference first team at three positions: wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner.



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