NATCHITOCHES – Two hard-throwing Northwestern State relief pitchers, senior right-hander Joe Scanio and junior right-hander Carlton Goldsmith, have been selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball first-year player draft Wednesday.
Scanio became the second Demon to be taken when he was drafted in the 16th round, 510th overall, by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Goldsmith was chosen by the Minnesota Twins in the 28th round, as the 850th overall selection. He rejoins fellow Demon pitcher Mason Melotakis, who was drafted yesterday by the Twins in round two, as the 63rd overall pick.
Scanio, a 6-4, 230 pound, 22-year-old, is a native of St. Louis who was a third-team All-Southland Conference selection as he led the team in several categories this season including wins (5), earned run average (2.96), and appearances (31). Over his career as a Demon, Scanio accumulated an 11-4 overall record, four saves, and a 2.40 ERA. He struck out 126 batters while walking only 43 in 116 innings pitched.
Goldsmith (6-3, 200, 21 years old) appeared in 15 games and finished with three saves and a 4.91 ERA in 18.1 innings pitched.
At least three other Demons, Colin Bear, Will Watson and Drew Helenihi, are considered potential draft choices in what could be a record-breaking draft for NSU according to some draft analysts. The 2010 Demons had a school-record five players drafted.
"This is unbelievable," said Scanio. "It still hasn't hit me yet.
"I watched the draft yesterday and decided I wouldn't put myself through that again," he said. "I found out when a friend text messaged me congratulations and I went to look on my computer to see what was going on."
Scanio has been a lifelong fan of the Cardinals and getting a call from the hometown team was a bit unexpected.
"The pick came out of nowhere," said Scanio. "I filled out some information for them a while back and that is about all I had heard from them."
He was a two-year letterman coming to NSU from St. Charles (Mo.) Community College and broke into the NSU top 10 on the career wins list with 11 after getting a win at Nicholls May 13.
"Northwestern State was great to me," said Scanio. "Coming out of junior college not too many people showed interest in me like NSU, and I wanted to go to a place that wanted me.
"I couldn't have done it without J.P. Davis (former Demon head coach)," he said. "He told me at the beginning of the season if I did well he could get me drafted."
Scanio knows there is still work to be done for him to get to the ultimate stage.
"I need to better develop my changeup to help support my fastball and slider," said Scanio.
Goldsmith is a native of Austin, Texas, and came to NSU after attending North Central Texas Community College playing both as a catcher and a pitcher.
"It feels good," said Goldsmith. "It's nice to work hard and have someone see you and want you to join their organization."
Since Goldsmith is a junior he has the choice to either join the Twins or come back to NSU for his senior season.
"I'm playing summer ball at the moment and right now I'm just focusing on that and my game tonight," he said. "That will be a decision that my family and I will make when the time is right."