Two Phoenix baseball players selected in 2022 MLB Draft

Alex Iadisernia and Trevor Kirk were selected in the 2022 MLB Draft.

Outfielder Alex Iadisernia ’23 and pitcher Trevor Kirk ’23 will take their talents from Walter C. Latham Park to “The Show” as both players were selected in the 2022 MLB Draft.

On the second day of the MLB Draft with the 217th overall pick in the seventh round, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Iadisernia. On the last day of the draft, the New York Yankees picked up Kirk with the 610th pick in the 20th round.

Outfielder Alex Iadisernia ’23 was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2022 MLB Draft.

Iadisernia started all 55 games for the maroon and gold this season and earned First Team All-CAA honors. A team captain, he led the Phoenix in at-bats (203), hits (56), doubles (14), triples (3), RBIs (44) and sacrifice flies (6). He was also second on the team in home runs (6) and stolen bases (14-for-17), tied for second in runs scored (34) and was second among Elon starters with a .276 batting average. Iadisernia finished the season with 14 multi-hit games, 11 multi-RBI games, a seven-game hit streak and an 18-game reached-base streak. The CAA Player of Week on April 4, he tied for the league lead and ranked 39th nationally in sac flies.

Iadisernia is the first Elon player to be drafted since the Phoenix saw four players taken in the 2019 draft. The Seattle Mariners took George Kirby with the 20th overall pick in the first round, Kyle Brnovich (Los Angeles Angels) and Ty Adcock (Seattle Mariners) went in the eighth round, and the Milwaukee Brewers selected Cam Davanney in the 15th round. Iadisernia is also Elon’s highest drafted hitter since the Florida Marlins selected Chase Austin in the fifth round of the 2009 draft and the first to be drafted by the Cardinals since Kyle Webb in 2013.

Pitcher Trevor Kirk was selected by the New York Yankees in the 2022 MLB Draft.

A right-handed pitcher, Kirk posted an 0-2 record with a 6.49 ERA through three starts and 17 appearances this past spring. He finished the season third on the team in strikeouts with 42. A preseason All-CAA honoree heading into the 2022 campaign, he went 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 19 appearances and one start in 2021. He was third on the team with 51 strikeouts that year while holding opposing batters to a .204 average. The Wake Forest-native finishes his time at Elon 5-3 overall with a 4.83 ERA across four starts and 42 appearances. He recorded 106 strikeouts against 34 walks while wearing the maroon and gold and held opponents to a .255 average.

Primarily in a setup role for the Phoenix, he set career highs at William & Mary on April 18, 2021 with nine strikeouts and 5.1 innings pitched while holding the Tribe to two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk. On May 26 at the 2021 CAA Championship Tournament, he earned the win over fifth-seeded W&M with 4.1 scoreless innings in relief. Kirk struck out five, allowed one hit and didn’t issue a walk. He was just shy of both career bests this season with eight punch outs in a five-inning start against Longwood on Feb. 25 this season.

Kirk is also the third CAA player to be drafted by the Yankees this year after the Bronx Bombers selected Northeastern pitchers Cam Schlittler in the seventh round (three picks after Iadisernia) and Sebastian Keane in the 18th round.