More Trojans Selected In Major League Baseball Draft
June 10, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Five more players on USC's roster were selected in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, following shortstop Grant Green's first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics.
Pitcher Brad Boxberger was selected in the supplemental first round (43rd overall) by the Cincinnati Reds while pitcher/catcher Robert Stock was a second-round pick (67th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Boxberger went 6-3 this season with a 3.16 ERA. In 14 starts and 94 innings, Boxberger allowed 69 hits and 33 earned runs with 50 walks and 99 strikeouts with opponents hitting just .211 against him. Stock batted .226 with six home runs and 30 RBI this season and went 5-4 on the mound with a 2.90 ERA and four saves. In 77 2/3 innings, Stock allowed 61 hits and 25 earned runs with 39 walks and 86 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .223 against Stock this season.
Both pitcher/outfielder Anthony Vasquez and catcher/infielder Hector Rabago were slotted in the 18th round: Vasquez by the Seattle Mariners (533rd overall) and Rabago by the New York Yankees (555th overall). Pitcher Daniel Cooper was selected in the 21st round (623rd overall) by the Seattle Mariners.
Four members of USC's 2010 recruiting class were picked in the first five rounds and will have until Aug. 15 to sign or play for the Trojans next season. Infielder Jiovanni Mier was selected in the first round (21st overall) by the Houston Astros while Matt Davidson (35th overall, Arizona) and Brooks Pounders (53rd overall, Pittsburgh) were second-round selections. Jeff Malm was picked in the fifth round by Tampa Bay (169th overall).
Since the draft started in 1965, Trojan players have now been drafted 289 times by major league teams.
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.