August 30, 2014

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Midview’s Lauer drafted by Blue Jays, but he’s going to Kent State

Eric Lauer won’t need to worry about securing a passport.

Midview’s senior lefty was selected in the 17th round — 505th overall — of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

However, Lauer had made up his mind before the draft that he was going to honor his commitment to Kent State.

“I decided that awhile ago,” he said Saturday night. “I had early offers, but I told people about a week before the draft to take me off their boards.

“I want the experience of college, playing at a Division I school. I didn’t want to be thrown into the fire, rather develop more and try to avoid being in the minors for a long time.”

Despite conveying his interest in attending Kent State, Lauer still received a call from a team during the first round trying to sway him towards turning pro. He declined to name which team called him.

Lauer posted a 0.15 ERA, giving up just one earned run in 47 innings, and an undefeated record in helping lead the Middies to the district finals. Lauer struck out 14 in a 7-3 district semifinal win over top-seeded Lakewood on May 24.

“It’s a really interesting experience,” Lauer said. “There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. It’s nice to know that everything you did paid off. Regardless of where you’re picked, not everyone can say they were drafted.”

Amherst’s right-handed senior pitcher Griffin Weir and Kent State redshirt sophomore Josh Pierce — an Avon graduate and a righty — were not selected when the dust cleared. Weir committed to Stanford last fall.

“It was fun to just be involved in the process,” Weir said Saturday night. “I may have not been picked, but it was exciting. Especially since some of my friends got selected.”

Weir’s future is in good hands. At Stanford he will work with Rusty Filter, the same coach who mentored this year’s No. 1 pick Mark Appel and 2009’s No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg. He’s also coached closers Chris Reed and Addison Reed.

“I’m pretty excited to head out there,” Weir said. “Their pitching coach is going to help develop me into a better player and hopefully in three years I’ll get selected.”

Contact Chris Sweeney at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.