06/11/2016 4:05 PM -
Whiting, Ind. – June 11, 2016 – When the Northwest Indiana Oilmen became a Midwest Collegiate League expansion franchise in 2012, one goal established by the organization was to help players raise their game to the next level.
That goal is being realized as two former Oilmen were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Indiana University outfielder Craig Dedelow, a Munster High School graduate, was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 34th round. He played for the Oilmen in 2014 and led the team in batting average at .319 and RBIs with 24. Dedelow was the top hitter for the Hoosiers this spring, posting a .302 average, launching five home runs and racking up 36 RBIs while starting all 56 games.
Calumet College pitcher Enrique Zamora, a Clark High School graduate, was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 37th round.
Zamora is the Oilmen single-season strikeout king after fanning 55 to go along with a 1.86 ERA, 4-2 record and two saves in 49 innings over 11 games a year ago.
Zamora ranked second in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference in ERA this year at 1.90 in 80 1/3 innings. Zamora struck out a league-most 125 and walked 25 for the Crimson Wave. He totaled 265 strikeouts over 196 2/3 innings in his three-year career.
Dedelow and Zamora become the first two former Oilmen selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Larry Crisler and Brandon Murray have also played for the Oilmen after being drafted out of high school.