How many high school players from Quincy have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft?
Six. The last one was nearly 20 years ago. Two of the players who were drafted never played a single game in the minor leagues.
Following is a short biography on each one.
Alan Bush was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 44th round, the 792nd overall player, in the 1967 draft out of Quincy High School.
Bush starred in three sports -- basketball, football and baseball -- and received All-State honors in basketball and football. He was inducted into the QHS Hall of Fame, but little is available about his baseball career with the Blue Devils. He was a left-handed pitcher.
Bush bypassed the chance to play for the Braves and instead accepted a football scholarship to the University of Missouri. His bio on the QHS Hall of Fame website said he was a member of the Tigers' Gator Bowl team in 1968, but a knee injury during his sophomore season cut short his collegiate career in that sport. Bush reportedly pursued baseball for the rest of his stay at Missouri and did not play professionally. No statistics are available for Bush at Missouri in either sport.
Mike Weiss was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round, the 706th overall player, in the 1970 draft out of Quincy High School.
Weiss, a right-handed pitcher, spent six seasons with the Cubs and got as high as Class AAA with the Wichita Aeros of the American Association during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. He had a career record of 40-35 and an earned run average of 3.89. He spent parts of three summers in Quincy, playing for the Cubs' Class A Midwest League affiliate. He went 7-9 with a 3.63 ERA in 1972 and 11-4 with a 2.38 ERA in 1973.
Weiss went 8-2 during his senior season at Quincy High School with a 1.12 ERA. The Blue Devils went 19-7 that spring. Weiss pitched 62 1/3 innings, striking out 104 while allowing only 23 hits. Weiss was 8-2 as a junior with a 1.74 ERA and 81 strikeouts.
Jeff Johnson was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 26th round, the 595th overall player, in the 1975 draft out of Catholic Boys High School.
Johnson also quarterbacked the football team, leading the Raiders to a perfect regular season in 1974, but he was a four-year starter on the baseball team as a shortstop and as a pitcher. During his senior season, the Raiders reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament for the first time since 1952, and Johnson was named the team's most valuable player.
He played 25 games for the Phillies' Rookie League team in Pulaski, Va., hitting .089 in 56 at-bats, and then he played in eight games for Auburn in the Class A New York-Penn League, going hitless in 12 at-bats.
Two Quincy High School players were taken by the New York Mets in the 1987 draft. Monte Krogman was taken in the 11th round, the 290th player selected, and Eric Bush was taken in the 54th round, the 1,210th player selected.
Krogman, a right-handed pitcher, had a short career because of arm injuries. He pitched for two seasons for Kingsport in the Rookie-level Appalachian League. He was 2-2 with a 4.19 earned run average in 38 2/3 innings in 1987, and he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 12 innings in 1988.
Bush is best remembered for his football career after he threw for more than 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns and was named the Player of the Year for the state by the Champaign News-Gazette in 1986. However, he also batted .518 with 11 home runs, 55 runs batted in and 24 stolen bases in 25 attempts during his senior season in the spring of 1987.
Bush chose to accept a scholarship to the University of Michigan to play football instead of playing professional baseball. He earned three varsity letters and was on two teams that played in the Rose Bowl, but injuries ended Bush's playing days after his junior year.
Brandon DeJaynes was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 21st round, the 635th overall player, in the 1998 draft out of Quincy High School.
The right-handed pitcher posted a 17-7 record with a 2.24 earned run average and 206 strikeouts in three seasons as a varsity starter. He declined to sign with the Mariners and instead pitched for Quincy University. He overcame rotator cuff surgery to become the most dominant NCAA Division II pitcher in 2003, going 10-1 with a 0.71 ERA and 126 strikeouts and 22 walks in 88 1/3 innings.
DeJaynes signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003, and he was ranked as the 13th-best prospect in the Cardinals' organization. He was 5-1 with a 1.10 earned run average in 25 relief appearances in 2003, and he was 5-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 49 appearances (all but one in relief) in 2004. His career ended after breaking his wrist during the offseason in 2004.
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