SECAUCUS, New Jersey – Former Waiakea pitcher Kodi Medeiros was drafted 12th overall this afternoon by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2014 first year player draft. Medeiros joins the list of several Hawaii players drafted in the first round, including Cardinals rising star Kolten Wong. Going back to 1999 when pitcher Jerome Williams was drafted out of Waipahu high school, KHON2 Sports takes a look at the past Hawaii players picked in the first round in the last 15 years.
Jerome Williams– The 39th pick in the 1999 draft by the San Francisco Giants starts our list. Signing his contract on July 10, 1999, the former Waipahu Marauder made his rookie debut on April 26, 2003. So far this season, the Astros pitcher has a .333 win-loss percentage, a 5.40 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Since starting his in 2003, Williams has played for the Giants, Angels, Cubs, Nationals, and Astros.
Justin Wayne– The Punahou grad went to Stanford University before being drafted in 2000. The fifth overall pick signed on July 20, 2000 with the Montreal Expos. Wayne ended his first full minor league season, going 9-2 with a 2.62 ERA in 14 starts, for the Harrisburg Senators in 2001. The Buffanblu alumni played his last game for the Marlins on July 25, 2004. Wayne came from a family of baseball players with his brother Hawkeye drafted by the Seattle Mariners and his father Jeffrey, who played at SUNY Buffalo.
Bronson Sardinha– Drafted by the New York Yankees as the 34th pick, the Kamehameha alumni signed to the team on June 13, 2001. The former Warrior played a variety of positions during his time in the pros; alternating between right fielder, third basemen, and also a pinch runner. Sardinha spent time with the Yankees, Mariners, Indians, Tigers, and the Rockies before he finished his career in 2011.
Kolten Wong– The National League Rookie of the Month for May has certainly made a name for himself during his first year in the pros. The 22nd pick by the St. Louis Cardinals hit his first homerun of the season this week. Not only was it his first homerun, but a grand slam as well. In 13 games in May, Wong went 16-for-48 (.333), the highest among National League rookies with over 40 plate appearances that month. The Rookie of the Month award was the first monthly award earned by Wong. He became the first player to win the award for the Cardinals since 2009.