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Sacramento State, UC Davis players selected on third day of Major League Baseball draft

Three players each from Sacramento State and UC Davis were selected on the third day of the Major League Baseball draft.

For the Hornets, junior pitcher Sutter McLoughlin (Rio Americano High School) was taken in the 22nd round by the Philadelphia Phillies; senior shortstop Scotty Burcham was selected in the 25th round by the Colorado Rockies and senior pitcher Brennan Leitao went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 26th round.

McLoughlin shattered the Sac State record with 33 career saves and also recorded the lowest career ERA in program history at 1.93; Burcham finished second in career hits with 235; and Leitao was the career wins leader with 31 and innings pitched leader with 398.

They join junior outfielder and career hits leader Nathan Lukes (Center), who was chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round on Tuesday. It was the first time four Hornets were taken in the same draft since 1989.

UC Davis senior infielder Nick Lynch and senior catcher Izaak Silva were both selected by the Los Angeles Angels in rounds 30 and 31, respectively, while junior pitcher Max Cordy (McClatchy) was taken in the 40th round by the Minnesota Twins. Lynch was a career .334 hitter and led the nation in doubles with 31 this past season; Silva finished with a career-best .320 and caught 25 would-be base stealers this season; the 6-foot-4 Cordy led all Aggies pitchers with eight wins in 2015.

Former Grant High standout left-handed pitcher Cameron Avila-Leeper, who was 14-2 this season for state runners-up Delta College in Stockton, was taken in the 17th round by the Giants. Former Yuba City standout Chandler Eden of Yavapai College in Arizona also went on round 17. Former Jesuit pitcher Logan James, a junior at Stanford, was taken in the 31st round by the Seattle Mariners.

Three area high school players were drafted: Elk Grove shortstop Nick Madrigal was taken in the 17th round by the Indians; Jesuit pitcher Tanner Dodson in the 31st round by the New York Mets; and Yuba City third baseman Caden “Bucket” Goldby in the 40th round by the Miami Marlins.

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