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One-time SteepleCat Zach Neto is a first-round MLB pick; ex-Pittsfield Sun Caeden Trenkle taken in 9th round

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Zach Neto waves after being selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the 13th pick of the 2022 MLB baseball draft, Sunday in Los Angeles. Neto was ready to spend the 2021 season with the North Adams SteepleCats, but the Cape Cod League beckoned again.

Zach Neto didn’t spend as much time in North Adams as Mike Dailey might have liked. But the former SteepleCats manager must have been all smiles when the Campbell University shortstop became the inaugural first-round Major League Baseball draft pick in the history of the SteepleCats.

Neto, whose draft stock had risen in recent days, was the first-round choice of the Los Angeles Angels and was the 13th overall player chosen in the draft.



Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6253.


Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.

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