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Prep star Lindsey goes 37th overall in MLB draft; ASU's Blair 46th

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Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 7:13 pm

Desert Mountain shortstop Taylor Lindsey settled in to watch the first round of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday with friends and family, not really counting on his name being called.

It turned out to be must-see TV.

The Los Angeles Angels made Lindsey the first local player drafted, taking him with the 37th overall pick in the supplemental first round.

Lindsey hit .594 with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs last season, leading the Wolves to the 5A-II state title game.

"I was thinking I would go somewhere in the top three rounds," Lindsey said. "That high was crazy."

Lindsey said there was plenty of yelling and a few tears of joy at his house when his name was announced.

"It was insane," Lindsey said. "Everyone was so happy."

Lindsey has committed to Arizona State, but since he was drafted so highly, the odds of him turning professional have increased.

Last year's No. 37 pick, James Paxton of Kentucky, didn't sign, but signing bonus slot money for that pick is generally north of $850,000.

"I'm leaning more towards signing, but I still have to discuss it with my parents," Lindsey said.

More detailed talks will come after the draft, but Angels brass told Lindsey they'd like to keep him in the infield. While he played shortstop in high school, scouts believe Lindsey profiles better at second base or left field.

Lindsey was the first player with Arizona ties to get taken in the draft.

Arizona State right-hander Seth Blair went at No. 46, also in the compensation round, to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Blair, the Sun Devils' staff ace after left-hander Josh Spence went down with an elbow injury in the pre-season, is 12-0 with 3.06 ERA this season.

He was recently named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year.

Fellow Sun Devil Jordan Swagerty also went to the Cardinals, in the second round at No. 75 overall.

Swagerty is 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA this season and has 14 saves.

Right-hander Merrill Kelly (eighth round), outfielder Kole Calhoun (eighth), left-hander Josh Spence (9th), outfielder Drew Maggi (12th), left-hander/outfielder Jimmy Patterson (18th), infielder Raoul Torrez (21st), catcher Xorge Carrillo (23) and right-hander Jake Borup (23) were the other ASU players taken in the first 30 rounds. Spence went in the third round last year, but opted to return for his senior season. He did not pitch this year because of an elbow injury and saw his draft stock fall.

Chaparral's James McDonald was the second local high schooler taken, chosen in the 11th round (No. 338 overall) by the Chicago White Sox. Desert Ridge's Travis Flores went three picks later to Tampa Bay. Mountain Pointe's Josh Alexander was drafted in the 19th round.

The final 20 rounds of the draft will finish up Wednesday.

 

Local players drafted in the first 30 rounds

Name            Pos.            School           Rd   Pick    Team

Taylor Lindsey    IF    Desert Mountain    1    37    Angels

Seth Blair    RHP    Arizona State             1   46    Cardinals

Jordan Swagerty    RHP  Arizona State    2    75    Cardinals

Merrill Kelly    RHP    Desert Mountain/ASU  8 251     Rays

Kole Calhoun    OF      Arizona State      8    264    Angels

Kevn Rhoderick    RHP    Horizon/Oregon State    9    280    Cubs

James McDonald    IF    Chaparral    11    338    White Sox

Travis Flores    IF    Desert Ridge    11    341    Rays

Drew Maggi    OF    Brophy/ASU    15    447    Pirates

Jason Mitchell    RHP    Desert Mountain/Texas-Arlington    15    449    Royals

Jimmy Patterson    LHP    McClintock/ASU    18    551    Rays

Josh Alexander    OF    Mountain Pointe    19    577    Reds

Raoul Torrez    IF    Brophy/ASU    21    631    Diamondbacks

Xorge Carrillo    C    McClintock/ASU    23    694    San Diego

Jake Borup    RHP    Mountain View/ASU    23    711    Phillies

Jeff Urlaub    LHP    Horizon/Grand Canyon    30    905    Oakland

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