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Hamilton duo highlights East Valley selections in Day 2 of MLB draft

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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 11:46 am | Updated: 2:09 pm, Fri Jun 7, 2013.

Hamilton teammates Patrick Murphy and Cody Bellinger were the first two East Valley high school players off the board on Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft Friday.

Murphy went in the third round (No. 84 overall) to the Toronto Blue Jays, while Bellinger was chosen in the fourth round (No. 124) by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Murphy had Tommy John surgery on his elbow last July, forcing him to miss his senior season, which is why he didn't expect to get taken early. His dad went to the gym Friday morning and almost missed Murphy's selection.

"I was very surprised," Murphy said. "Last night I talked to my adviser and he was hearing sixth through 10th (round). I thought I'd be sitting around all day. My dad walked in the pick before."

Murphy is still only about 75 percent recovered from his injury, but threw bullpen simulations for teams before the draft. He is committed to Oregon but said the high selection makes it more likely for him to sign.

Bellinger, an All-Tribune first team selection for his play at first base and on the mound, is also committed to Oregon, but will forgo his college eligibility to sign with the Dodgers.

"I was watching (the selections) live on the computer, and it was a dream come true," Bellinger said. "I've imagined that my whole life. To see it actually happen was amazing."

Basha shortstop Jamie Westbrook was the third local player chosen, going to the Diamondbacks in the fifth round (No. 150 overall). Westbrook has been one of the most prolific players in the state the past three seasons and will choose between signing with Arizona and attending Pepperdine.

Former Gilbert High left-hander Stephen Tarpley was the top local college player to get picked on Friday, going in the third round (No. 98 overall) to the Baltimore Orioles. He was the third former Tiger selected in the top 100 picks, joining D.J. (No. 12) and Dustin (No. 50) Peterson.

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