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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Former Dirtbags Chris DeMaria and Chris Gomez Selected in MLB Rule 5 Draft

Two former Long Beach State Dirtbags were selected in the AAA minor league phase of the Major League Baseball Rule 5 draft at baseball's winter meetings yesterday. Baseball America explains the Rule 5 draft here.

The first player taken in the Class AAA phase was Chris DeMaria. The Kansas City Royals took him from the Pittsburg Pirate organization. Chris, a right handed relief pitchers, was drafted by the Pirates out of Long Beach State following his senior year in 2002. He played in 2002 and 2004 with the Class A Hickory Crawdads, going 8-3 with 10 saves and a 2.94 ERA in 2004. He missed the 2003 season with an injury.

On December 9, 2004, the Baltimore Orioles signed free agent SS, and former Dirtbag, Chris Gomez to a minor league contract. He was set to be a non-roster invitee to the Orioles spring training camp. But the Philadelphia Phillies selected him with the 14th pick in the AAA phase. Here's what the Daily Times had to say:
In the Triple-A portion the Phils were able to grab infielder Chris Gomez, a 33-year-old, 12-year big-league veteran the Orioles were hoping to slip through the cracks after signing him to a minor-league contract earlier this winter.
Chris played in 109 games for the Toronto BlueJays in 2004, hitting .282 in 341 at bats.

posted on 12/14/2004 by Jeff Agnew

Comments:
Chris Demaria did not miss 2003 with an injury. Actually, he played both 2002 and 2003 at Williamsport, PA (Short Season A ball).
 
I stand corrected! That's what I get for relying on my memory - and minorleaguebaseball.com which has his 2002 and 2004 stats, but not 2003.

In 2002 Chris DeMaria went 1-1 with 1 save in 16 games, and a 4.35 ERA. In 2003 he improved to 6-3 with 3 saves in 25 games and a 2.68 ERA.
 
Ever since Chris signed with Pittsburgh there has been some confusion with the spelling of his last name. For example, if you do a player search on Baseball America for "Demaria", it comes up blank. However, if you do a search for "De Maria" (note the space between the "e" and the "m"), Chris will come up. The correct spelling of his last name is "Demaria". Long Beach State always had it correct during his playing days at the Beach.
 
Thanks Demoman...I have always used DeMaria (without the space) as they did at Long Beach.
 
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