Joining current Islanders Matt Holland and Todd Simko, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball signee Travis Lane (Glendale, Ariz./Central Arizona College) was selected on Day Three of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. The catcher was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the 41st round (1236th overall).
Lane hit .367 in his sophomore season for CAC, mashing 13 doubles and three triples in his 49 games. He added three home runs and drove in 32 runs on the year, while drawing 15 walks and being hit by 18 pitches. Lane and fellow Islander signee Jake Dziubczynski helped lead Central Arizona to a 56-12 record as one of the top teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association in 2011.
Lane played at Sandra Day O'Connor High School, where he lettered four years in baseball and two years in track. A 2008 Louisville Slugger High School All-American, he earned first-team all-state honors as a senior after batting .511 and slugging .904 with seven homers, 48 hits and 42 RBI in 30 games as a senior.
Lane is the seventh player associated with Islanders Baseball to be drafted in the Scott Malone era, joining Sean Hoelscher (27th round) and Roland Botello (34th round), who were drafted in 2010, along with Holland and Simko this season. Former Islander Roman Madrid was also chosen in the 2009 draft (44th round) by the Cleveland Indians, while Omar Gutierrez (29th round, San Diego Padres) went in 2008.
Like Simko, Lane now has until Aug. 15 to decide whether to sign with the Royals or join the Islanders for next season.
Simko and Holland marked the fifth and sixth players in school history to be taken in the draft. Simko marks the school's highest draft choice in Islanders lore, topping Hoelscher, who was chosen with the first pick of the 27th round in 2010. They are the first Islanders teammates to be selected in the same draft since 2005 (Trey Hearne and Chuck Carter).