By Jeremy Balan
Only two players were selected in this year’s Major League Baseball draft with San Francisco high school ties.
The first, former Washington High School and Sonoma State star O’Koyea Dickson, was a lock, but the second came from maybe the most unlikely source — Jewish Community High School of the Bay.
The Giants selected Jewish Community senior Benny Sosnick in the 49th round (1,497th overall) on Wednesday, marking one of the most noteworthy moments in the school’s 10-year history. Sosnick is the first player from Jewish Community ever taken in the draft.
“I’m still kinda shocked. I would have never imagined this could happen,” Sosnick said. “I’m just so happy for the school and to get them some recognition. The experiences I had this year…I wouldn’t give them up for anything.”
Playing in the Private School Athletic League, Sosnick led the Wolves in nearly every offensive category this season and led the entire Central Coast Section with a .583 batting average. The Giants drafted him as a second baseman, but Sosnick primarily played pitcher, catcher and shortstop for the Wolves this season. He was also a standout forward on the Jewish Community basketball team, averaging 12.9 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game.
“I didn’t see all the big schools play, but he would have been a good player at Washington, [St. Ignatius], [Sacred Heart Cathedral] or any other team in The City,” said Jewish Community athletic director and baseball coach Tim Kjar. “He’s a good player. Nothing flashy, but he just does everything well.”
What makes the selection even more impressive is the fact that the Wolves only played their first full varsity season in 2007.
The Giants have not offered a contract to the 6-foot-1 senior, but tabbed him as a “summer-follow guy,” to keep track of his progress in a summer league.
Sosnick’s brother Matt, a sports agent who represents several major league players, including Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez, may have been an influence, but Giants scouts were at multiple Jewish Community games this season to get a look at him.
Sosnick will be attending the University of Oregon in the fall, but did say baseball is not a priority. He is thinking about trying to walk on for the Ducks, but said he would have to gauge his academic obligations first.
“At Oregon, I may try to walk on, but we’ll see how the summer goes,” Sosnick said of his potential baseball career. “I’m just going to take it day by day.”
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