The Bowling Green baseball team had a pair of players selected in the 2011 MLB First Year Draft, and both signed professional contracts.
Jon Berti was taken in the 18th round of this year's draft by Toronto. The Falcon shortstop earned All-Mid-American Conference honors for the second straight year in 2011, leading the league with a .412 batting average as well as five triples and 13 stolen bases.
Berti is playing second base for the Vancouver Canadians, the Blue Jays' Short-Season affiliate in the Northwest League. In his first eight games, Berti is hitting .407 with a pair of triples and seven RBI. Berti currently ranks fourth in the league in batting average and is tied for second in triples.
Ross Gerdeman was selected in the 35th round by Arizona after serving as the Falcons most reliable reliever this spring. In 22 appearances for BG, Gerdeman was 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA.
Gerdeman joined the Diamondback's team in the Short-Season Arizona League and has been impressive in a pair of relief appearances, allowing just three hits in three scoreless innings.
Bowling Green now has had 43 players taken in the MLB Draft since 1965. Head Coach Danny Schmitz has seen 29 of his players selected in the draft since he took the job in 1991.
Since 2000, 18 Bowling Green players have been drafted or signed a professional free agent contract.