Rays take UW-Whitewater’s Dott in 31st round

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Gazette Staff
Friday, June 12, 2009
— UW-Whitewater pitcher Aaron Dott will get a shot at the next level.

The defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays selected Dott in the 31st round with the 949th overall pick of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Dott, a junior left-hander out of Green Lake High, led the Warhawk pitching staff in 2009. He went 7-6 with a 3.16 ERA. Dott fired four complete games, notched one save, struck out 119 in 99q innings, and allowed opponents to hit just .227 against him. Dott’s innings pitched total for a season is third in the UW-W record book, and he is second on the school list for strikeouts in a season.

Dott has moved in to second in the school career strikeout list with 234.

Dott, a first-team All-WIAC pick, was also named to the Division III third team of the American Baseball Coaches Association.

UW-Whitewater coach John Vodenlich said the Rays would have to make Dott a good offer to make him give up his senior season.

“There’s no doubt it is Aaron’s dream to play pro ball,” Vodenlich said Thursday night. “So, of course, he would like to sign.

“But he also understands that to have success at the next level, he has to make sure the team is going to give him a good opportunity. It depends how much money they’re going to offer him.”

Dott doesn’t have to sign this year. He can return, play his senior season, and then go back into the draft next June.

“The 31st round is not a high-round pick,” Vodenlich said. “As a junior, they would have to compensate him for his senior season at Whitewater, his schooling or his delaying of schooling.

“If they do those things, he’ll sign,” he said. “I don’t know the number figures. He’s not elected to have (Scott) Boras as an agent, but he’s giving up quite a bit. All he wants to know is if they have a commitment to him.”

Dott has an explosive fastball, as his 119 strikeouts demonstrate.

“Everyone has known that,” Vodenlich said. “He had a very mediocre year for us by our standards. This is about Aaron and not about our program. I’m very happy for him.”

The Warhawk pitcher was one of just five Wisconsin players chosen in the 50-round draft. The others included: Whitefish Bay pitcher Kevin James, taken in the ninth round by Tampa Bay; Ladysmith High School pitcher Joel Effert, taken in 37th round by the L.A. Dodgers; Kimberly High School pitcher Brad Schreiber, taken in the 42nd round by the Milwaukee Brewers; and Whitefish Bay High School pitcher Charles Markson, taken in the 44th round by the Detroit Tigers.

A total of 1,521 players were chosen in the 50-round draft, which started Tuesday and ended Thursday.

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