Trojans Selected In 2008 Major League Baseball Draft

June 7, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- High school shortstop Tim Beckham (Griffin, Ga./Griffin HS), a member of the 2009 recruiting class for the USC baseball program, was selected No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Rays this week in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. Beckham headlines a group of 13 current and possible future Trojans who were selected by various teams.

Junior center fielder Nick Buss was the highest current Trojan selected after the Los Angeles Dodgers picked him in the eighth round. Junior pitcher Tommy Milone was picked in the 10th round by the Washington Nationals. Senior outfielder Roberto Lopez was picked in the 25th round by the Los Angeles Angels while junior pitcher Ryan Cook was slotted in the 27th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Beckham is one of a few high school players that USC head coach Chad Kreuter and his staff will have to wait until August 15 (the deadline for major league baseball teams to sign players) to see if they will play for the Trojans.

The other high school players drafted were: outfielder Jay Austin (2nd round, Houston Astros), pitcher Jon Pettibone (3rd round-supplemental, Philadelphia Phillies), pitcher Danny Coulombe (17th round, Los Angeles Dodgers), catcher/outfielder Brandon Garcia (28th round, Milwaukee Brewers), first baseman Beau Brett (29th round, Kansas City Royals), first baseman/pitcher Ricky Oropesa (30th round, Boston Red Sox), pitcher Michael Tonkin (30th round, Milwaukee Brewers) and infielder Shane Boras (35th round, St. Louis Cardinals).

A total of 283 Trojans have been selected since the draft began in 1965.

Parents and fans should note that due to NCAA regulations, USC is only able to make announcements on players who have signed a national letter of intent and can not comment on any players who will walk on to the program or receive financial aid without signing an LOI.

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