Eight Baseball Players Sign Professional Contracts

88 Players have Moved on to Pro Ball after FAU Careers

Brandon Cooney will continue his baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles organization

Brandon Cooney will continue his baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles organization

June 15, 2007

Six Florida Atlantic University baseball players were selected in the Major League Draft a week ago. Today eight players find themselves with professional contracts. Robbie Widlansky (11th round Orioles), Justin Phillabaum (29th round Nationals), Brandon Cooney (30th round Orioles) and Daniel Bomback (42nd round Pirates) all were drafted in 2007 and have signed with their teams. Chris Salberg signed after a draft-and-follow year, while Justin Martin (Orioles) and Anthony Bradley (Royals) picked up free agent contracts. In addition, Joel Schmal joined an independent team, the Souix City Explorers.

"I'm happy for the eight players who have just signed professional contracts and will be starting their pro careers in the next week or two," said FAU Head Coach Kevin Cooney. "These young men have worked hard in the pursuit of their dreams and we at FAU wish them all the best."

The eight players played in FAU's first season in the Sun Belt Conference and finished the year with a 36-22 record. Robbie Widlansky and Chris Salberg both broke FAU records and were huge contributors in the team's push for the postseason in the last half of the year.

With dreams of playing in the big leagues, these players will try to follow in the footsteps of former FAU players Tim Harikkala, Carmen Cali, Tommy Murphy and Jeff Fiorentino who have all reached the majors.

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