Last updated: June 07. 2014 6:01PM - 1316 Views
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The Wyoming Valley Conference continues its rise as a developer of baseball talent.

Right on the heels of Tunkhannock’s Mike Papi’s first-day draft selection, the WVC landed another alum in the draft field. Crestwood grad Matt Wotherspoon was taken by the New York Yankees in the 34th round of the MLB draft on Saturday.

It’s the second straight year that Wotherspoon, a pitching standout at the University of Pittsburgh the past four seasons, was drafted. The former Comets player went in the 20th round in 2013 to the Detroit Tigers but elected to return to Pitt for his senior season.

Wotherspoon and Papi have both now been drafted twice. Papi was taken 38th overall on Thursday — just four picks outside of the first round — after being a 30th-round choice back in 2011 out of Tunkhannock.

With his selection, Wotherspoon becomes the fourth WVC player who has been drafted from Pitt in the past seven years. Coughlin’s Ray Black (seventh round, 2011), Coughlin’s Chris Sedon (10th round, 2009) and Hazleton Area’s Kyle Landis (18th round, 2007) were all successful in college for the Panthers.

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