June 4, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University left fielder Scott Dierks was the 24th round selection of the Florida Marlins on day two of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Wednesday.
"This is a great day for me," said Dierks. "It is a start to a whole new world. All the members of my family must have called me at least 15 times while I was on the phone with John Hughes (Florida Marlins area scout) who told me of the news. They are all really excited for me."
The whole new world that has opened up for Dierks can be attributed to his break out senior season that saw him earn West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year honors. In 2003 the left fielder batted .394 with 18 home runs, 14 doubles, 45 runs scored and 42 RBI in 43 starts. He guided the Broncos to a 31-26 record, the program's first winning season since 1997.
In league play alone he captured the conference Triple Crown by batting .425 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI in 30 WCC contests, leading the Broncos to a 21-9 mark which was good enough for the second best record in the league, just two games behind Pepperdine.
"I am not sure I could be any more proud of a player than I am of Scott Dierks," said Santa Clara head coach Mark O'Brien. "He goes from a junior college player with nowhere to go, to a walk-on here at SCU that earns league player of the year honors, earning himself a chance to be a professional baseball player. His hard work and dedication have truly paid off and the Florida Marlins organization will not be disappointed with their choice."
Dierks was the 16th pick of the 24th round and overall selection number 713. He joins fellow senior Joe Diefenderfer, who was taken in the 19th round, as the only two Broncos to be taken in this year's draft thus far.