Wimberly Among SWAC Standouts Picked In MLB Amateur Draft

By Tony McClean
Updated: June 10, 2005

WimberlyNEW HAVEN, Ct. — Last month, we were one of the first media outlets in the country to let you know about college baseball’s “Secret Weapon”, Alcorn State second baseman Corey Wimberly.

The 2005 SWAC Player of The Year led all of Division I Baseball with a robust .462 clip. Now he’s about to take his act to another level. With the sixth pick in the sixth round, the Colorado Rockies selected the sophomore sensation as the 177th overall pick in the 2005 Major League Baseball (MLB) first-year player draft.

Wimberly added several awards to his mantle over the course of the 2005 season. Coming into the season, he handled the pressure of being named the SWAC’s Pre-Season Player of the Year with ease as he dominated the conference in nearly every offensive statistical category.

As a result he was named both SWAC Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Hitter of the Year, in addition to claiming First-Team Infield honors. He most recently earned the most prestigious honor of his career by being named a Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American.

OTHER DRAFTEES Two other members of the 2005 All-SWAC Baseball Team were also picked during the two-day draft. Jackson State second baseman Carl Lipsey was taken in the 23rd Round (708th overall) by the World Champion Boston Red Sox while Texas Southern righthander Brandon Stricklen was chosen in the 42nd Round by the Houston Astros.

A 6-foot-1 junior from Kansas City, Stricklen was 8-3 for and was chosen as the SWAC Pitcher of The Year. A converted outfielder, Stricklen also led the SWAC in strikeouts with 77 in 79.1 innings. Many scouts have compared Stricklen to the former Met Dwight Gooden in his makeup on the mound.

Lipsey, a 5-foot-10 senior from Fresno, California, finished the year with a .431 batting average (second overall to Wimberly) along with 13 doubles and 39 RBIs. He also led the league in hits (72), runs scored (66), and walks (44).

But Lipsey’s main forte is on the base paths. In 45 games this season, he stole 55 bases (tops in the SWAC) in 64 attempts.

One other player of note that was drafted was Jemile Weeks of Lake Brantley High School in Florida. The brother of former Southern baseball standout Rickie Weeks was chosen in the eighth round (235th overall) by the Brewers.

Weeks, the nation’s player of the year in 2003, was the second pick overall in the 2003 draft by Milwaukee.