Nearly 40 players with East Valley high shcool ties were selected in the Major League Baseball amateur draft between Monday and Wednesday. Here is the list:
First round (No. 17 overall): C.J. Cron was the first player with Arizona ties to go off the board, getting taken by the Angels in the middle of the first round. Cron, a first baseman, played at Mountain Pointe before spending the past three years at Utah, where he became one of the country's premier hitters.
Third round (No. 92 overall): Kevin Cron, C.J.'s little brother, was chosen by the Mariners with the second pick of the third round. He set single-season and state home run records for Mountain Pointe this year, and must decide whether to turn professional or accept a scholarship offer from Texas Christian. Cron played catcher in high school but was chosen as a first baseman by Seattle.
Fourth round (No. 148 overall): Former Cactus Shadows and Chaparral standout Matt Summers was taken by the Minnesota Twins. He went to UC-Irvine as a center fielder and part-time pitcher, but focused on pitching this season, with solid results. Summers is seen as a reliever down the road, and can throw his fastball in the mid-90s.
Fourth round (No. 150 overall): Former Brophy Prep and current Arizona State infielder Riccio Torrez was the first Sun Devil off the board. He led the team in batting during Pac-10 play and is a utility guy that can do a little bit of everything. The Tampa Bay Rays chose Torrez as a second baseman.
Fifth round (No. 159 overall): Notre Dame right-hander Tayler Scott was chosen by the Cubs early in the fifth round. He came to Arizona from South Africa to polish up his baseball skills, and it seems to have paid off. Scott has a good fastball, and now has a decision to make. He is committed to Arizona, but if Chicago offers him a reasonable signing bonus, Scott may go pro.
Sixth round (No. 198 overall): San Diego right-hander Chris Jensen was picked by the Colorado Rockies. Jensen went 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 75 innings. He throws in the low-90s and can touch 95, but has trouble with command at times. Jensen played at Mesquite.
Seventh round (No. 248 overall): Gilbert left-hander Stephen Tarpley went to the Indians early in the seventh round. He is committed to Southern California, and will likely need a sizable signing bonus to take him away from school. We'll see if Cleveland is willing to go above the slot recommendation to get a shot at Tarpley.
12th round (No. 386): University of Arizona left-hander Matt Chaffee was chosen by the Braves. He went to Brophy Prep for high school. He was 6-3 with a 4.85 ERA this season for the Wildcats out of the bullpen.
14th round (No. 422 overall): Horizon outfielder Jordan Dunatov was selected by the Pirates with the first pick of the 14th round. He was limited by a back injury as a senior, but has plenty of potential. Dunatov is committed to Oregon State, so it might take an attractive offer to get him to sign.
14th round (No. 432 overall): Current Arizona State catcher Xorge Carrillo was chosen by the New York Mets. Carillo teamed with Jimmy Patterson to lead McClintock to a state championship during his senior year of high school. He is a senior, so he will likely sign with the Mets quickly once the Sun Devils get eliminated from the postseason. It is his fourth time being drafted.
14th round (No. 451): South Mountain Community College infielder Trey Ford went to the Phillies. He played for Chaparral in high school.
15th round (No. 456 overall): UCLA infielder Dean Espy was chosen by the Royals. He led the team with a .320 batting average and had three homers and 40 RBIs. Espy starred locally at Red Mountain.
16th round (No. 490 overall): Scottsdale Community College left-hander Scott Zuolaga was chosen by the Astros. Zuolaga played for Saguaro in high school. He went 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA this season, striking out 43 batters in 39 2/3 innings.
18th round (No. 543 overall): Horizon left-handed pitcher Nick Valenza went to the Mariners. He was a first-team 5A-II selection by the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association this year. Seattle is high on Valenza, and he dropped because of his asking price, not talent. He is committed to Nevada but may turn professional.
23rd round (No. 696 overall): Scottsdale Community College catcher Lance Harper went to the Royals. He played at Desert Mountain in high school.
26th round (No. 785 overall): Mesquite right-hander Zach Davies went to the Orioles. Davies was 12-0 with a 1.68 ERA for the Wildcats this season. He is committed to Arizona State, and it seems probable he goes to school.
29th round (No. 883 overall): Former Westwood pitcher Matthew Neil went to the Florida Marlins. Neil was a senior at BYU and compiled a 6-4 record with a 2.42 earned run average and 73 strikeouts, and was a second team All-Mountain West Conference selection.
29th round (No. 899 overall): Desert Ridge right-hander Scott Hoffman went to the New York Yankees. Hoffman was the Tribune’s Player of the Year in 2010, but struggled from the mound as a senior. He is committed to Arizona State.
31st round (No. 944 overall): This is an interesting pick. Mickey McConnell, the former Dobson product, has spent the last four years playing basketball for Saint Mary's. He excelled at baseball in high school, too, and has been picked up by the Dodgers. I'll try to figure out if McConnell plans on playing basketball or baseball now that his collegiate career is finished. (Update: McConnell has been working out for NBA teams, so obviously he would stick to that route if he gets drafted or picked up by a summer league team. If the NBA doesn't work out, overseas basketball would probably be the destination.)
32nd round (No. 983 overall): Oklahoma Baptist right-hander Kyle Brule was chosen by the Padres. Brule was a standout pitcher at Marcos de Niza.
33rd round (No. 1,004 overall): Hamilton outfielder Malcolm Holland was chosen by the Dodgers, as Los Angeles goes for another two-sport star out of Arizona. Holland has a football scholarship to Boise State, and I'm guessing he honors that, but this does give him options.
34th round (No. 1,035 overall): Arizona State junior outfielder Andy Workman was selected by the Angeles. He played his high school ball at Hamilton.
38th round (No. 1,135 overall): Texas Christian senior second baseman Jerome Pena was chosen by the Orioles. Pena played at Cactus Shadows in high school.
39th round (No. 1,184 overall): Mountain Pointe right-hander Jordan Kipper was selected by the Dodgers. Kipper had the walk-off game-winning hit in the 5A Division I championship game against Hamilton.
40th round (No. 1,218 overall): Gilbert shortstop Drew Stankiewicz was selected by the Colorado Rockies. Stankiewicz is committed to Cal State Fullerton, and it would be surprising to see him pass up college baseball.
41st round (No. 1,244 overall): Desert Vista shortstop Casey Thomas was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thomas was one of the best defensive shortstops in the East Valley last season, and his offense improved.
43rd round (No. 1,306 overall): Williams Field right-hander Adam Frank was drafted by the Athletics. The left-hander is committed to Dartmouth.
44th round (No. 1,335 overall): Baylor second baseman Landis Ware was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels. He hit .254 this season and was third on the team with 32 RBIs. Ware played for Chandler.
44th round (No. 1,351 overall): Chaparral left-hander Nevin Wilson was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies. He is an Arkansas commit and will likely honor that pledge.
45th round (No. 1,367 overall): Cal State Los Angeles first baseman Andrew Allen was selected by the Detroit Tigers. Allen played for Corona del Sol in high school.
46th round (No. 1,398 overall): Gilbert catcher Nathaniel Causey finally gets the call, going to the Colorado Rockies. Teams clearly got the hint that Causey wanted to play for Arizona State next season, and that's why he fell this far. The Rockies might offer him a decent chunk of cash to sign, but Causey will likely be in Tempe next year.
46th round (No. 1,410 overall): Central Arizona catcher Max Rossiter was chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays. Rossiter went to Highland and has committed to Arizona State.
47th round (No. 1,428 overall): Notre Dame second baseman Casey Scott was picked by the Colorado Rockies.
47th round (No. 1,435 overall): Chandler-Gilbert second baseman Kirby Pellant was scooped up by the Reds. Pellant played for Corona del Sol.
47th round (No. 1,439 overall): Seton Catholic outfielder Ethan Springston was selected by the New York Yankees. Springston hit .533 with 11 homers this year.
49th round (No. 1,474 overall): South Mountain Community College first baseman Jacob Williams was picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Williams played at Brophy.
49th round (No. 1,484 overall): Louisville catcher J.J. Ethel was picked up by the Dodgers. Ethel played for Mountain Pointe and Scottsdale Community College.
49th round (No. 1,491 overall): Gilbert outfielder Zach Regier was picked up by the Chicago White Sox. He is the fourth Gilbert High player to get selected.