Monday night came and went, which wasn't that much of a surprise. Tuesday was dragging into the mid-afternoon hours, and Kecoughtan's Jake Cave was starting to get antsy.
But each time the New York Yankees' pick was announced, he paid closer attention. He had a feeling, based on the attention he received from them through the year. And finally, shortly before 3 o'clock, there it was: Cave to the Yankees with the 209th overall pick.
"The Yankees came to almost every game this year and had guys who were higher up in their system come watch me," Cave said. "So whenever the Yankees would come up on the screen, I'd pay a little more attention to see if they'd call my name.
"Of course, (Monday night) was a little upsetting because it's kind of a dream-type of thing. But I'm not dumb. Only 60 guys got to go last night. But as the day went longer and longer, I was like, wow, what's going on? It was tough and drawn out, but it was worth it because I'm happy now."
Cave was the second area pick Tuesday. York High alum Will Lamb of Clemson was taken by the Texas Rangers in the second round (83rd overall).
"It's mixed emotions, for sure," Lamb said from Clemson, where the Tigers' season closed Monday night with a 14-1 NCAA tournament loss to Connecticut.
A 6-foot-6, left-handed junior, Lamb hit .348 this year as Clemson's primary center fielder. He led the team with eight outfield assists and did not commit an error.
Lamb, the 83rd overall pick, earned second-team All-ACC honors and also has potential as a pitcher. He said the Rangers have "liked me from the beginning” and that he has "no clue yet" at which position the organization projects him.
First, Texas must agree to contract terms with Lamb and convince him to forgo his senior season.
"It just depends," Lamb said. "If they give me the right amount of money, it will be easy. It would be painless for me, them, Coach (Jack) Leggett and the Clemson staff. I’d like to make it as clean as possible.”
The right amount of money? The Baltimore Orioles drafted UCLA pitcher Dan Klein No. 80 last year, and Baseball America reported his signing bonus as $499,900.
Cave, who has signed with LSU, faces the same question.
"I just got off the phone with my advisor,"" Cave said. "He said (the negotiation process) could be anywhere from a week to a month. You just don't know. It just depends on what happens.
Lamb went 0-for-4 Monday night as Clemson fell far shy of a second consecutive College World Series.
"That's a very hard pill to swallow," he said. "Those guys on the field are some of my closest buddies. Jeff (Schaus) on my left, Chris (Epps) on my right. I didn’t want to end our season, and maybe my (college) career, on such a low note.”
Later, the Yankees chose Longwood junior pitcher Mark Montgomery, a Bruton graduate, in the 11th round. He's the closer for the Peninsula Pilots. One round later, the Boston Red Sox selected Menchville High pitcher Deshorn Lake.
In the 28th round, the New York Mets picked Jharel Cotton, a Menchville graduate who pitched for Miami-Dade College in Florida last spring and has signed with East Carolina. Then in the 30th round, the last round Friday,the Los Angeles Dodgers selected Adam McConnell, a shortstop from Tabb High and the University of Richmond.
Wednesday, the Kansas City Royals chose Tabb High right-handed pitcher Patrick Corbett in the 47th round of the 50-round draft. He has committed to Coastal Carolina.
Montgomery posted outstanding numbers this past season as Longwood's closer: 10 saves, 1-0 record, 0.89 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 30.1 innings.
"Most teams were saying rounds 7-to-12," Montgomery said as the Pilots arrived in the Outer Banks for their Tuesday game. "So I wasn't getting too high or too low. I'm glad the way it ended. I'm excited to be with Jake Cave."
Montgomery could return to Longwood for his senior season, but said, "I'm pretty sure I'll sign if the money is right, and I'm pretty sure it will be. I think I'm ready to take it to the next level."
After taking an exam earlier Tuesday, Lake was asleep when the Sox picked him. But the constant texts and calls woke him up.
"I thought I'd go in the first five rounds, and I stopped watching at that point to get my mind off it," Lake said. "I couldn't look at it anymore."
Lake said the Red Sox showed strong interest this season.
"I had a feeling it would be them," he said. "I just didn't know when it would be."
Lake said the Red Sox want him in Boston for a workout at the end of this month.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times