Trio Of Wildcats Selected On First Day of MLB Amateur Draft

June 7, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona juniors Koley Kolberg, John Hardy and Richard Mercado were all selected on the first day of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, but it may have taken a while for them to find out.

The trio of Wildcats were probably hard to reach by the teams that selected them as they spent the day traveling home from South Bend, Ind., where all three helped the Wildcats win their first regional title since 1986 on Sunday with a 7-6 win over Notre Dame.

Kolberg was the first UA player taken when the Arizona Diamondbacks stayed in state to make the right-hander the 15th selection in the seventh round of the draft (No. 206 overall). The South Bend Regional MVP and UA's Friday night starter, Kolberg is 9-6 this season with 4.49 ERA in a team-high 132 1/3 innings pitched. He has struck out 112 batters this season, the most for an Arizona pitcher since former Wildcat and eventual first-round selection Ben Diggins posted 127 punchouts in 2000.

Kolberg has also come on to save a pair of games for the Wildcats late in the year, including the regional series title game against the Fighting Irish on Sunday.

Just six picks later, the Philadelphia Phillies tabbed Hardy with the 21st pick in the seventh round (No. 212 overall). A three-year starter for Arizona, Hardy has played third, shortstop and second base during his career in Tucson. The team batting champion his freshman season, Hardy is a career .301 hitter in 197 games played. Arizona's reigning 'Iron Man' the Boise, Idaho, native has played in 113 consecutive games for the Wildcats, including 52 straight starts.

After picking Kolberg earlier in the day, the Diamondbacks returned their focus to Tucson to select Mercado with the 15th pick in the 12th round (No. 356 overall). An all-regional selection in South Bend over the weekend, Mercado lead all Arizona players at the plate with .417 average (5 for 12) a home run and five RBIs in the three-game regional sweep. For the year, the three-time letterwinner is hitting a team-high .335 with 29 RBI, four home runs and 28 runs scored.

The three draftees and the rest of the Arizona team will be making their first ever-appearance in a super regional this weekend against Long Beach State in California.

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Individual Career History (Jun 07, 2004)

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Kolberg, Koley

Year       ERA   W-L   App  GS  CG SHO/CBO  SV    IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO2004....  4.49   9-6    22  19   4   0/0     2 132.1  160   84   66   59  112TOTAL...  4.49   9-6    22  19   4   0/0     2 132.1  160   84   66   59  112


Hardy, John

Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT2002....  .328   52-48    174   36   57    8    1    5   38   24   44    5-92003....  .274   57-55    208   38   57   11    2    2   30   14   37    9-142004....  .307   58-57    199   36   61    6    3    5   31   25   47    8-11TOTAL...  .301  167-160   581  110  175   25    6   12   99   63  128   22-34


Mercado, Richard

Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT2002....  .292   45-37    144   22   42    7    1    1   21   10   18    3-42003....  .324   41-35    145   32   47    7    1    4   31    9   21    3-42004....  .335   51-46    167   28   56    6    2    4   29   25   16    0-1TOTAL...  .318  137-118   456   82  145   20    4    9   81   44   55    6-9



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