As the 2023 MLB Draft took place in Seattle, Washington, this week, lifelong fantasies came true. as part of the celebrations surrounding All-Star Week.
The MLB Draft was a protracted three-day affair that started on Sunday night and ended on Tuesday afternoon as teams made their final selections in the 20-round draft.
Cade Feeney, a native of Bismarck, did not have to wait long to hear his name called after the Boston Red Sox selected the right-handed pitcher with pick 388 (13th round).
After a standout prep career at Century High School, Feeney traveled to Fargo to play for the North Dakota State Bison.
Success remained Feeney’s companion while he was with the Bison. Among many other distinctions, the junior was named to the Summit League Championship All-Tournament Team in 2021 and 2022, the Collegiate Baseball News Freshmen All-American Team in 2021, and the All-Summit League First Team in 2021 and 2023.
Feeney played both offense and defense for the Bison in 2021, but he chose to concentrate on pitching for the remainder of his collegiate career, a choice that ultimately aided in his selection by the Red Sox.
Feeney had a 4.15 career ERA with 45 walks and 196 strikeouts in 41 starts over 229.2 innings pitched in three seasons with the Bison.
Feeney was exceptional elsewhere as well. The Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence, the Summit League Academic Honor Roll, and the Summit League All-Academic Team all recognized him in 2022 and 2023, respectively.