Former UT players Gomes, Lima get noticed at Barry

The Toronto Blue Jays signed catcher Yan Gomes who became the highest-drafted player in Barry University baseball history going in the 10th round and 310th overall.

Gomes played two seasons at Tennessee before transferring to play his junior season in his hometown of Miami.

"I didn't really expect to get picked by the Blue Jays, but I am excited about them selecting me," Gomes said in a Barry press release. "One of my better friends, (former UT player) J.P. Arencibia, plays for the Blue Jays in AAA. Only problem is, he is also a catcher."

Gomes also played third base for the Bucs, but will likely be used as catcher in the minor leagues.

"I feel I am best at catcher," the 6-foot-1 Gomes said. "I think that's where my potential is highest and that is the position I want to play."

"He brought leadership and a work ethic that the other players really picked up," Barry coach Marc Pavao said. "I think the biggest reason for our success was the leadership he brought to the field each day."

Gomes set Barry records with 92 RBIs and 172 total bases, finishing just one off the record behind Danny Lima, another UT transfer, for hits (90) and Yudelmis Hernandez for homers (21), as he led the Bucs with a .405 average.

He was named the player of the year by the Sunshine State Conference and in the South Region by all three organizations (Daktronics, Inc., American Baseball Coaches Association and National Collegiate Baseball Writers) and was named first-team All-America in all three polls, too.

Last year, as a draft-eligible sophomore at UT, Gomes was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 39th round and 1,192 overall.

"Coming to Barry this year helped me feel more comfortable and I think that was a big help in improving my play and where I was drafted," Gomes said.

Gomes will likely be assigned to Lansing in the Class A Midwest League.

Lima, a senior, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 23rd round with the 694th overall pick and selected as a shortstop.

"Texas was one of the teams that really showed a lot of interest in me," Lima said.

Lima played several positions, including shortstop, third base and center field throughout the season.

"I am looking forward to playing shortstop," Lima said. "Before I came to Barry, I played shortstop most of my life, so it shouldn't be too hard to adjust back to that position."

Lima hit .394 and led the Bucs in hits (91) and stolen bases (14).

"Playing at Barry was just such a huge difference from playing at Tennessee," Lima said. "Coming to Barry was one of the best decisions I made, as I really enjoyed my senior year and coach Pavao and everyone were just awesome."

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us43137415#376444 writes:

These are two players, who were run off by CTR, because they did not like his style of coaching. Granted, they were probably ready for the league, but they saw what was coming to Tennessee baseball, and decided to make a run for it. Both have told reporters before that Tennessee baseball was on the way down, based on what they'd heard.

Good luck to them!

Vol4ever_1 writes:

That is great that both will have an opportunity to continue their careers. I wonder how they would have fared under different circumstances here at UT? Yan was an All American and Danny was one of the best hitters in the Cape Cod league before CTR helped their games.
How would this club have been with both still around? Probably a great move for them both. Alot can be said for peace of mind.
Good luck Yan and Danny!!

Vol4ever_1 writes:

Starting to think where these guys were drafted
B KING being drafted in the 20 somethings but not good enough for UT
CASTELL getting the text treatment,
HARRIS not having any eligability making him not important,
CORRAL getting tossed out because of PD,
LOCKWOOD not playing after being an AA
HERNANDEZ signing for peanuts
MORGADO being a 3rd rounder but can't start on a weekend
Horne losing composure and getting kicked off
Tullo being dumped but brought back bc he needed to start.
Countless players being told they are the worse ever

What do all of these have in common?
The CTR experience

The list above doesn't include last year Griffin, Simunic, Everett,
Miss St, etc.

Alot of bad people listed above, but hey, we have turned the corner and the APR is up.
Where is my "Raleigh Towel"?

olevole writes:

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You know we should be really excited by a pitching coach--

--Who pitched at WCU in the Southern Conference

--Whose major league ERA was 8.69 with zero wins and 3 losses in 7 appearances

--Who has 1 year of coaching experience--only because Georgia Southern's coach was his roomate at WCU

--Who only coached in the Southern conference

--Whose pitchers went 0 for 2 with an ERA of 15.00 in his only NCAA tournament

--Whose best drafted player went in the 25th round

This is obviously someone who will develop and attract lots of elite talent. Obviously better than Coach Corral.

sully95 writes:

Mike Hamilton needs to be fired. I want to know his athletic background.

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