Fifty-Seven Pac-12 Players Taken in MLB Draft
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Fifty-seven Pac-12 baseball players were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that began Monday, June 4 and concluded Wednesday evening.
ARIZONA STATE led the Conference with 10 players taken in the draft, while CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and UCLA each had seven selected. ARIZONA and WASHINGTON STATE each had five chosen, WASHINGTON had four, and OREGON, OREGON STATE, USC and UTAH all had three drafted.
Like in the 2011 draft, the Pac-12 had four players drafted in the first round. Stanford junior RHP Mark Appel was the first Conference player to go, being picked eighth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The All-American and Golden Spikes Award finalist is the fourth top-10 pick for the Cardinal since 2006.
Arizona State junior shortstop Deven Marrero was selected at No. 24 overall by the Boston Red Sox. The two-time all-conference selection and 2011 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year is the 27th Sun Devil all-time to be taken in the first round.
Stanford junior Stephen Piscotty went to the St. Louis Cardinals at 36th overall, becoming Stanford's 12th first-round draft pick since 2000. The utility player was drafted as a third baseman, where he spent ample time this season.
UCLA junior outfielder Jeff Gelalich was the Pac-12's final first-round pick, going 57th overall to the Cincinnati Reds. The 2012 all-conference honoree has the league's second-highest batting average to date at .372.
Arizona, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA will represent the Conference in this weekend's Super Regionals. Arizona, Stanford and UCLA begin their run at the College World Series on Friday, while Stanford's series starts Saturday.