By Keith McShea
Today was a momentous day for Western New York baseball as two high school players were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.
Clarence pitcher Mark Armstrong was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round, 104th overall.
Amherst catcher Jonah Heim was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round, 129th overall.
Below are the Western New York players who were drafted as high school players, according to baseball-reference.com's database (the search is set for players from New York; many are from NY colleges).
This list includes last time a player was selected (Hoppy in 2009), the last time a player was selected as high as Armstrong (Rehbaum in the second round in 1979), as well as back to the last time a Western New Yorker was taken in the first round out of high school (Matt Winters, who is listed as being from Williamsville, in 1978).
2009 Kyle Hoppy, Orchard Park; 28th round by the Orioles
2003 Ricky Brooks, North Tonawanda; 11th round by the White Sox
1999 John Andrianoff, Portville; 19th round by the Astros
1996 David Wesolowski, Williamsville North; 15th round by the Marlins
1996 Aaron Bouie, Albion; 33rd round by the Rays
1996 Gerald Perkins, Roy-Hart; 71st round by the Marlins
1989 John Vandemark, Lockport; 62nd round by the Astros
1983 Louis Monte, Bishop Turner; 29th round by the Yankees
1980 John Sullivan, Grand Island; eighth round by the Athletics
1980 Mark Gabriel, Niagara Catholic; 24th round by the Pirates
1979 Chris Rehbaum, St. Joe's; second round by the Indians
1978 Matt Winters, Williamsville; first round by the Yankees
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