While the name Sam Dexter may not be all that familiar to folks around here, the Southern Maine standout who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 23rd round of the recently conducted Major League draft has local ties.
Dexter is the grandson of former Cortland Standard sports editor Jere Dexter’s first cousin, and was the 686th overall pick after being named the New England Player of the Year by D3baseball.com.
The shortstop out of Messalonskee High School in Maine finished his collegiate career at Southern Maine with a .387 batting average, smacking 19 home runs and driving in 157 runs. In his senior season, he batted .404 with five home runs, 44 RBIs, 23 doubles and three triples.
While the Cleveland Indians are Jere Dexter’s pride and joy, while brother Mike Dexter is a die-hard New York Yankees follower, the family will now be White Sox enthusiasts, too.
“I’ve been anxious for a few days. When you’ve got something you’ve been looking forward to for so long, it’s hard to not be nervous,” said father Tom Dexter of his son’s Saturday selection on the final day of the three-day draft. “The 23rd round was higher than I expected. A (White Sox) scout called last night. They don’t give you any guarantees, of course.”
Dexter will participate in a mini-camp in Arizona with other White Sox draftees. From there, the club will decide if Dexter will begin his professional career in rookie ball or with a short-season Class A team.
“You’ve got to start at the bottom,” Tom Dexter said. “That’s all we wanted, for him to get a chance.”
— Two Division III hopefuls who did not get drafted were SUNY Cortland pitcher Seth Lamando and Mansfield senior slugger Zephan Kash out of Homer Central.
Right-hander Lamando was 10-0 with a 0.72 earned run average for the Red Dragons, who ended up ranked No. 2 nationally in Division III. Kash hit .325 with eight home runs in his senior season at Mansfield, and has been helping out with the Cortland Crush this summer.