By BRIAN CUNNIFF
Ocean City High School graduate Sean Mooney is about to become a professional baseball player.
Mooney, a 2016 graduate of OCHS and pitcher at Division I St. John’s University, was selected in the 12th round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft Wednesday afternoon.
Mooney did not finish his junior season with the Red Storm after suffering an elbow injury. He subsequently underwent Tommy John surgery in late April and is not expected to pitch again until sometime next year.
According to one media report, Mooney indicated that he intends to sign with the Twins and forgo his final year at St. John’s.
Mooney was an impressive 21-6 with a 2.13 ERA over his career with St. John’s. He struck out 249 batters in 244 innings pitched. He started nine games as a junior before becoming injured, going 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA. He went 11-3 with a 2.56 ERA last season as a sophomore, earning second team All-America honors. He went 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA as a freshman, earning Big East Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors.
Mooney holds numerous pitching records at Ocean City, including career wins (26), season wins (9), career winning percentage (.867), career earned run average (1.13), career strikeouts (302) and strikeouts in a game (17). As a hitter, Mooney is Ocean City’s all-time leader in hits (103), RBI (65) and doubles (27).
Mooney is the second Ocean City product in as many years to be drafted. Pitcher Dan Nunan was selected following his senior season with Ocean City last year by the Los Angeles Angels, also in the 12th round. Nunan has yet to pitch in the Angels system due to injury but is expected to be on the roster of the Orem Owlz in Arizona when the short-season Rookie League team begins play later this month.