The wait wasn’t nearly as long this time, but it was perhaps more agonizing for Cy Sneed.
The 2011 Twin Falls graduate was selected Friday by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
His pre-draft ranking pegged him around the sixth round, but Friday morning his phone started buzzing with contacts from the Brewers organization, and the pieces started coming together in his mind before it happened.
“This morning I got two calls and we were settled in for a long day. I figured it’d be somewhere in the fifth to seventh (round) range,” Sneed said. “You get a phone call, and you wonder what’s going to happen. You’ve got half a second from the time your phone rings, and you throw it to your face because you’re so excited.
“After I heard about maybe going in the third round, I thought it was pretty awesome and you’ve fidgeting, trying to stay calm and not get yourself too excited in case it doesn’t happen. It’s a minute per pick and they had the 11th pick (in the round). It’s nerve-wracking, but when it did happen … heck, I don’t even know. It’s just like all the anxiety and all the uneasiness is gone.”
Sneed was taken with the 85th overall selection. He is the highest selection with local ties since Glenns Ferry’s Zach Simons was taken in the second round of the 2005 draft by Colorado.
Sneed was a junior at Dallas Baptist University this season. He said Friday he intends to forgo his last year of eligibility and sign a pro contract with the Brewers. According to Baseball America, the assigned signing bonus value (not necessarily binding) for the 85th pick in this year’s draft is $641,800.
Should he sign as anticipated, Sneed will likely fly to Arizona to meet up at the Brewers’ spring training headquarters in Phoenix before shipping out to his first minor league assignment.
Sneed led Twin Falls to the 2011 4A state championship and was selected in the 35th round of the 2011 draft by the Texas Rangers.
He chose to play in college, where he turned into the staff ace. In 2014 he went 8-3, throwing 104 innings and striking out 82 batters. Dallas Baptist made the NCAA Tournament but was eliminated at the regional stage.
Cy’s brother Zeb was drafted in the 11th round of the 2012 draft by the Kansas City Royals. He is currently at Class A Advanced Wilmington.
“We talked for a little bit today, and he told me he was in the clubhouse with (his teammates) when he found out, and they all started congratulating him. That just kind of shows the bond baseball players have, that even if they don’t know you, they’re happy for you and congratulating you,” Cy Sneed said.
“I didn’t get a chance to remind him I got drafted higher, but I’ve got every Thanksgiving for the rest of our lives to do that,” he added. “I haven’t let this soak in yet. I’ve gotten tons of texts and phone calls and all that sort of thing from old coaches, family, friends from high school and college. It was just awesome to embrace that and be happy with everyone and let them share in the joy a little bit.”