Perez, Oberacker selected in MLB draft

Two players signed to play with the Morehead City Marlins this summer were selected Tuesday on the second day of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The Colorado Rockies took Juan Perez in the 18th round, while Chad Oberacker went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 19th round.

A junior from Bethune-Cookman University, Perez racked up 10 saves as the Wildcats' closer in 2010. He also struck out 40 batters in 33 1/3 innings of work, helping Bethune-Cookman win its fifth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.

Though the Rockies drafted Perez as a right-handed pitcher, the Orlando, Fla. native also hit .347 for the Wildcats this season with 13 doubles, 34 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases.

Oberacker's 2010 performance earned him a selection as a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American. He anchored the Tennessee Tech lineup this season as he batted .452 with 29 doubles, leading the Ohio Valley Conference in both categories.

The Erie, Pa. native also drove in 70 runs and stole 14 bases while committing just one error in center field. Behind Oberacker's consistent presence in the middle of the lineup, the Golden Eagles took home the OVC's regular season championship.


The Morehead City Marlins are the newest member of the Coastal Plain League. The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 14th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts.