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Area baseball beat: Sacramento State, UC Davis lead area in draft picks

UC Davis’ Nick Lynch (13) signals toward the Aggie bench after hitting a double in the first inning on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in the college baseball game between the UC Davis Aggies and Saint Mary's Gaels in Davis.
UC Davis’ Nick Lynch (13) signals toward the Aggie bench after hitting a double in the first inning on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in the college baseball game between the UC Davis Aggies and Saint Mary's Gaels in Davis. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Of the 1,516 players selected in the three-day, 40-round Major League Baseball first-year player draft, only 15 players came from the more than 75 high schools, four community colleges and two four-year institutions in the Sacramento region.

Four Sacramento State players were chosen: outfielder Nathan Lukes (Center High School) by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round; right-handed closer Sutter McLoughlin (Rio Americano) by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 22nd round; shortstop Scotty Burcham by the Colorado Rockies in the 25th round; and right-hander Brennan Leitao by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 26th round.

Three UC Davis players were selected: first baseman Nick Lynchin the 30th round and catcher Izaak Silva in the 31st round by the Los Angeles Angels; and right-hander Max Cordy (McClatchy) in the 40th round by the Minnesota Twins.

Elk Grove shortstop and Bee co-Player of the Year Nick Madrigal was a 17th-round pick of the Indians, but he has decided to attend Oregon State on scholarship. Jesuit right-hander Tanner Dodson, a 31st-round choice by the New York Mets, tweeted he will honor his commitment to Cal, and Yuba City third baseman Caden Goldby, a 39th-round pick by the Miami Marlins, will have to decide between college and turning pro.

Dodson is the son of Bo Dodson, a 1989 third-round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Christian Brothers. Goldby is the brother of Cooper Goldby, a 36th-round choice by the A’s out of Yuba City in 2013.

Stanford left-hander Logan James (Jesuit) went to the Seattle Mariners in the 31st round. Oklahoma State catcher Bryan Case (Winters, Cosumnes River College) was picked by the Giants in the 27th round. Cal State Monterey Bay right-hander Kory Groves (Oakmont, Sacramento City) went to the Baltimore Orioles in the 34th round.

Yavapai, a community college in Prescott, Ariz., had right-hander Chandler Eden (Yuba City) taken in the 17th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Later in that round, San Joaquin Delta College left-hander Cameron Avila-Leeper (Grant) went to the Giants.

American River, Cosumnes River, Sacramento City and Sierra colleges had no current players selected.

Draft notes

▪ When Lukes went to the Indians in the seventh round, it was the longest wait for a local player to be drafted since 2005, when left-hander Steve Hammond (Sacramento City) went in the sixth round to the Brewers.

▪ The longest wait was 18 rounds, when the Giants selected outfielder Kumandae Miller (Grant) in 1992. Since the inception of the draft in 1965, only once – in 2000 – has no area high school player been chosen.

▪ The first player drafted from the region was shortstop Doug Carson (Bishop Armstrong) in the second round by the Detroit Tigers in 1965.

▪ Four times, fewer than three area high school players have been selected in a single draft. In 2004, 35 players from the region were taken but only one from a local high school: left-hander Zach Phillips (Galt) in the 23rd round by the Texas Rangers. Twice, two preps were taken: in 1986, left-hander Pat Gomez (San Juan) in the fourth round by the Chicago Cubs and left-hander Jim Sloan (Casa Roble) in the 29th round by the New York Mets; and in 1991, outfielders Dan Vetter (Del Campo) in the 38th round by the Phillies and Danny Larivee (Rio Americano) in the 50th round by the New York Yankees.

Of 19 first-round draft choices, seven never reached – or have yet to reach – the majors: pitchers Casey Weathers (Laguna Creek, Sacramento City), chosen by the Colorado Rockies in 2007, and David Zancanaro (Del Campo), selected by the A’s in 1990; outfielders Andy Finlay (Burbank), taken by the Atlanta Braves in 1967, Mike Ondina (Cordova), chosen by the Chicago White Sox in 1972, Tim Wheeler (El Camino, Sacramento State), drafted by the Rockies in 2009, and Derek Hill (Elk Grove), selected by the Tigers in 2014; and shortstop Joel Bishop (McClatchy), selected by the Boston Red Sox in 1972.

▪ There have been only two area community college players picked in the past four drafts: right-hander Andrew Cooper (Sierra), taken in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals in 2013; and outfielder Jared James (Sacramento City), selected in the 30th round by the Braves last year.

▪ Sac State has had 65 players selected in the draft, and UCD has had 42. The first player drafted from Sac State was left-hander Spider Thomas (Winters) in the sixth round by the Red Sox in 1965. From UCD, the first was outfielder Gary Schlagenhauf by the Kansas City Royals in the 33rd round in 1970.

Mark McDermott is a freelance writer specializing in Sacramento-area baseball. Contact him at egmacker@yahoo.com.

Area players in June draft

Round

Player

School

Team

7

Nathan Lukes-of

Sac State (Center)

Indians

17

Chandler Eden-rhp

Yavapai College, Ariz. (Yuba City)

Blue Jays

17

Nick Madrigal-ss

Elk Grove

Indians

17

Cameron Avila-Leeper-lhp

San Joaquin Delta (Grant)

Giants

22

Sutter McLoughlin-rhp

Sac State (Rio Americano)

Phillies

25

Scotty Burcham-ss

Sac State

Rockies

26

Brennan Leitao-rhp

Sac State

Cardinals

27

Bryan Case-c

Okla. State (Winters, Cosumnes River)

Giants

30

Nick Lynch-1b

UC Davis

Angels

31

Tanner Dodson-rhp

Jesuit

Mets

31

Logan James-lhp

Stanford (Jesuit)

Mariners

31

Izaak Silva-c

UC Davis

Angels

34

Kory Groves-rhp

CSU Monterey Bay (Oakmont, SCC)

Orioles

39

Caden Goldby-3b

Yuba City

Marlins

40

Max Cordy-rhp

UC Davis (McClatchy)

Twins

Sacramento-area

Highest Players Drafted By Year

June regular phase

Year

Rd

Player

School

Team

1965

2

*Doug Carson-ss

Bishop Armstrong

Tigers

1966

1

LERON LEE-of

Grant

Cardinals

1967

1

Andy Finlay-of

Burbank

Braves

1968

5

*Dennis Wallin-c

Rio Americano

Angels

1969

6

*Geoff Brandt-of/rhp

El Camino

Senators

1970

2

BUTCH METZGER-rhp

Kennedy

Giants

1971

1

TAYLOR DUNCAN-ss

Grant

Braves

1972

1

Mike Ondina-of

Cordova

White Sox

1973

6

*Steve Hogan-inf/of

Grant

Padres

1974

1

BUTCH EDGE-rhp

El Camino

Brewers

1975

4

Larry Prewitt-rhp

Pacific (Placer, Sierra)

Mets

1976

2

Steve Finch-rhp

Cordova

Rangers

1977

1

DRUNGO HAZEWOOD-of

Sacramento

Orioles

1978

3

Dave Crutcher-rhp

American River (Woodland)

Rangers

1979

7

Tim Gloyd-ss/2b

Pepperdine (Sac City, Placer)

Dodgers

1980

1

DION JAMES-of

McClatchy

Brewers

1981

8

Greg Chinn-of

Sac State (Cordova)

Dodgers

1982

6

*Todd Trafton-c

Elk Grove

White Sox

1983

1

RICKY JORDAN-1b

Grant

Phillies

1984

11

*Bill Geivett-inf/of

UC Santa Barbara (Highlands, Sac City)

Cubs

1985

2

*Mark Cole-ss

Kennedy

Padres

1986

4

PAT GOMEZ-lhp

San Juan

Cubs

1987

5

Tim Holland-ss

Rio Americano

Orioles

1988

3

DARREN OLIVER-lhp

Rio Linda

Rangers

1989

2

ANDY FOX-3b

Christian Brothers

Yankees

1990

1

David Zancanaro-lhp

UCLA (Del Campo)

A’s

1991

6

Tim Doyle-lhp

Sac State

A’s

1992

18

Kumandae Miller-of

Grant

Giants

1993

1

DERREK LEE-1b

El Camino

Padres

1994

4

JEREMY POWELL-rhp

Highlands

Expos

1995

1

GEOFF JENKINS-OF

USC (Cordova)

Brewers

1996

3

NICK JOHNSON-1b

McClatchy

Yankees

1997

5

JERMAINE CLARK-2b

USF (Will C. Wood)

Mariners

1998

1

TONY TORCATO-of

Woodland

Giants

1999

2

Jake Joseph-rhp

Cosumnes River (San Juan)

Mets

2000

2

MIKE TONIS-c

Cal (Elk Grove)

Royals

2001

2

*J.P. HOWELL-lhp

Jesuit

Braves

2002

4

MARK McLEMORE-lhp

Oregon State (Del Oro)

Astros

2003

2

Todd Jennings-c

Long Beach State (Casa Roble)

Giants

2004

1

J.P. HOWELL-lhp

Texas (Jesuit)

Royals

2005

6

Steve Hammond-lhp

Long Beach State (Sac City)

Brewers

2006

2

ANDREW CARPENTER-rhp

Long Beach State (Sac City)

Phillies

2007

1

Casey Weathers-rhp

Vanderbilt (Laguna Creek, Sac City)

Rockies

2008

3

Jake Jefferies-c

UC Davis

Rays

2009

1

Tim Wheeler-of

Sac State (El Camino)

Rockies

2010

4

Cory Vaughn-of

San Diego State (Jesuit)

Mets

2011

2

ANDREW SUSAC-c

Oregon State (Jesuit)

Giants

2012

2

Martin Agosta-rhp

Saint Mary’s (Jesuit)

Giants

2013

2

Andrew Knapp-c

Cal (Granite Bay)

Phillies

2014

1

Derek Hill-of

Elk Grove

Tigers

2015

7

Nathan Lukes-of

Sac State (Center)

Indians

Capitalized/Bold Face-played in Major Leagues; s-supplemental pick; *-did not sign.

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