SIOUX CITY | What goes around comes around.
Back in 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies picked Damek Tomscha, then a recent North High graduate, in the 50th round of the Major League Draft.
Tomscha, the 2010 Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year, elected instead to attend Iowa Western Community College, where he went on to star and be part of a national junior college championship team.
He was drafted again in 2011, this time for the Florida Marlins in the 36th round, and once again in 2012 in the 19th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Shunning both offers, the 6-foot-3, 227-pound infielder wound up playing two productive seasons at Auburn University. Apparently, the Phillies haven’t forgotten about Tomscha and on Saturday selected him in the 17th round (502nd overall pick).
The St. Louis Cardinals took East High graduate Dom Thompson-Williams, who just completed an outstanding freshman season for the NJCAA national championship Iowa Western team, in the 19th round (585th pick).
Buena Vista University lefthanded pitcher Scott Harris, from Dallas Center-Grimes, was drafted in the 27th round (802) by the Phillies while Taylor Zeutenhorst, a Sheldon, Iowa, product from the University of Iowa, was taken in the 38th round (1,131) by the Seattle Mariners.
Tomscha batted .313 with five home runs and 29 RBI as the Auburn third baseman during his recently completed senior season. As a junior, he tied for the team lead with seven home runs while hitting .274.
Tomscha has signed with the Phillies and will report to the team’s Clearwater, Fla., rookie league affiliate in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday.
“I didn’t get a whole lot (of money) but the setup down there (Clearwater) and everything is pretty much paid for,” Tomscha said in a phone interview Saturday. “It’s more the opportunity than anything. There are a lot of people who don’t get a chance to play pro ball. I got the best of both worlds, getting to play at Auburn and see what the SEC is all about. I’m grateful to say I did that for two years because I definitely think not a lot of people get an opportunity like that.”
Thompson-Williams, like Tomscha a Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year honoree, had a magnificent freshman campaign at Iowa Western. The Reivers’ centerfielder hit .407 (81-of-199) for a team that won its third World Series title in the last five seasons.
His impressive resume included five home runs, 14 doubles, seven triples (two shy of the school record) and 44 RBIs. Thompson-Williams had a .623 slugging percentage and stole 20 of 25 bases.
Harris had a standout season on the mound while helping Buena Vista post a school-record 37 victories en route to the Iowa Conference regular season and tournament titles. He appeared in 11 games (eight starts), posting an 8-1 record and 2.78 ERA in 68 innings, striking out 81. His fastball has been clocked in the low to mid 90s.
Zeutenhorst tied for the Hawkeyes’ team lead with nine home runs while batting .268 with 35 home runs.