LSU's Brittany Mack. Photo courtesy of LSU Athletic Media Relations.MEMPHIS, Tenn. – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and its four affiliated teams held the 2012 NPF College Draft Presented by Miken from the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The draft was streamed live through profastpitch.com.
Each team had at least three selections in the five-round draft with the USSSA Florida Pride receiving the most picks at seven, as well as the coveted number one slot. Several draft trades led to USSSA’s position including a 2011 July trade of the Diamonds 2012 first round draft pick for USSSA Pride pitcher, Danielle Spaulding.
For the first pick of the Draft, the Pride selected LSU’s standout ace, Brittany Mack of Round Rock, Texas. This marked the third year in a row that the first selection overall was a player from the Southeastern Conference. Mack has been a key factor in the circle for the Tigers since 2009 and in 2011 she received All-SEC, Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-South Region, All NCAA Regional, and Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American and College Station Regional All-Tournament honors.
With the second selection, the Chicago Bandits drafted Washington’s stellar outfielder, Kimi Pohlman. The Akron Racers selected Lexy Bennet, shortstop at Texas with the third overall choice. The USSSA Pride chose again in the first round at the fourth spot and made UCLA’s utility player, Andrea Harrison the latest addition to the Pride roster.
USSSA Pride began the second round with the fifth pick overall, and their third choice in the first five selections of the draft, by choosing Georgia infielder/catcher, Kristyn Sandberg. The Chicago Bandits followed with the No. 6 pick overall and selected outfielder, Katie Schroeder of UCLA. With the No. 7 pick, the Akron Racers chose Arizona State pitcher, Hillary Bach. USSSA Pride added California’s versatile Valerie Arioto with the No. 8 selection to close out the second round.
The Carolina Diamonds led off the third round with the No. 9 overall selection by choosing Massachusetts’ decorated pitcher, Sara Plourde. The Chicago Bandits added Hawai‘i’s pitcher Stephanie Ricketts for the 10th pick. The Akron Racers made their third grab of the night and selected Michigan third baseman, Amanda Chidester as the No. 11 overall pick. With the final choice of the third round, the USSSA Pride acquired Michelle Moultrie of Florida.
The Carolina Diamonds continued the 2012 NPF Draft by adding Georgia Tech’s Kelsi Weseman. The fourth round continued with the Akron Racers taking Alicia Herron of Ohio State at No. 14 and through a recent trade, the Akron Racers chose again in the No. 15 spot selecting Fordham’s standout pitcher, Jen Mineau. The USSSA Florida Pride rounded out the fourth round by selecting Washington’s Nikia Williams.
For the final round of the Draft, the Carolina Diamonds chose pitcher, Angel Bunner from Auburn. The Bandits with their final selection chose locally with Adrienne Monka from Northwestern as the NOo 18 overall selection. The Akron Racers, through a trade with USSSA Pride held their No. 19 spot and nabbed California speedster, Jamia Reid. The final pick of the draft went to the USSSA Pride who chose Louisiana-Lafayette’s Christy Orgeron.
After the draft NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf stated, “I wholeheartedly extend my congratulations to the 20 young women selected in this year’s NPF College Draft. These women represent the future of professional softball and I cannot wait to see them in action beginning in June.”
The 2012 NPF College Draft was dominated by seven selections from the Pacific12 Conference. Of the seven choices, California, UCLA, and Washington had two selections each, while Arizona State had one selection. The Southeastern Conference, which dominated the 2011 draft, fell into second place this season with four draftees.
Re-broadcast information on the 2012 draft can be found at www.profastpitch.com.
Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete is not eligible to sign with her respective franchise until her 2011 season is complete.
2012 NPF Draft Presented by Miken Results
1 (1) USSSA Florida Pride - Brittany Mack, LSU
2 (2) Chicago Bandits - Kimi Pohlman, Washington
3 (3) Akron Racers - Lexy Bennett, Texas
4 (4) USSSA Florida Pride - Andrea Harrison, UCLA
1 (5) USSSA Pride - Kristyn Sandberg, Georgia
2 (6) Chicago Bandits - Katie Schroeder, UCLA
3 (7) Akron Racers - Hillary Bach, Arizona State
4 (8) USSSA Florida Pride - Valerie Arioto, California
1 (9) Carolina Diamonds - Sara Plourde, Massachusetts
2 (10) Chicago Bandits - Stephanie Ricketts, Hawai‘i
3 (11) Akron Racers - Amanda Chidester, Michigan
4 (12) USSSA Florida Pride - Michelle Moultrie, Florida
1 (13) Carolina Diamonds - Kelsi Weseman, Georgia Tech
2 (14) Akron Racers - Alicia Herron, Ohio State
3 (15) Akron Racers - Jen Mineau, Fordham
4 (16) USSSA Florida Pride - Nikia Williams, Washington
1 (17) Carolina Diamonds - Angel Bunner, Auburn
2 (18) Chicago Bandits - Adrienne Monka, Northwestern
3 (19) Akron Racers - Jamia Reid, California
4 (20) USSSA Florida Pride - Christi Orgeron, Louisiana-Lafayette
-Courtesy of the NPF