Today is day two of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and it has been a day of great interest and drama for our local products.
The first Santa Clarita player taken was College of the Canyons pitcher Cory Jones in the 5th round to the St. Louis Cardinals. Jones was 6-0 for the Cougars with a 2.79 ERA, 89 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings and opponents hit just .219 off of him.
Then in the 6th round, former Valencia High School infielder Timmy Lopes was selected by the Seattle Mariners out of Edison High School in Long Beach.
Former Hart Indian and current UCLA Bruin Trevor Brown was selected in the 10th round by the Giants, and then six picks later, still in the 10th round, Charlie Gillies of The Master’s College and formerly of West Ranch, was selected by the Detroit Tigers.
Valencia Vikings’ infielder Trey Williams, who was predicted at one point to be a first-rounder and a certain top five-round pick, was selected by the Cardinals in the 11th round.
The draft continues tonight with all 50 rounds completed by the end of the day Wednesday.