Forty-Four Pac-10 Baseball Players Selected In The 2007 MLB Draft

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June 9, 2007

Walnut Creek, Calif., - Forty-four players from the Pac-10 Conference were chosen in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. ARIZONA STATE led the Conference with a total of eight players selected, ARIZONA and WASHINGTON followed with seven, while OREGON STATE and USC had six each. Five players from STANFORD were selected, while UCLA had three players taken. Below is a complete list of those taken in the draft.

  • Darwin Barney, SS, Oregon State: The native of Beaverton, Ore., went in the fourth round to the Chicago Cubs; he was the 127th player taken overall.

  • Eric Berger, LHP, Arizona:Redshirt junior Eric Berger became the third Arizona southpaw selected in the 2007 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. The left-hander, who missed the entire 2007 season after having elbow surgery in the spring of 2006, became the second Wildcat to be taken by the Oakland Athletics when they tabbed him with the 300th overall selection in the ninth round. Prior to going down with the elbow injury in the second month of the 2006 season, Berger had posted a 9-6 overall record in 31 career appearances at UA. He has struck out 111 batters in 99 2/3 innings and has limited the opposition to a .236 batting average.

  • Harrison Bishop, RHP, Washington: A fourth-year junior from Kirkland, went in the 17th round to the Pirates (518th overall). The Juanita High graduate, was also previously drafted as he was the Orioles 40th-round pick in the 2004 draft after his freshman season at Edmonds Community College. After sitting out the 2005 season due to an injury, he played at Bellevue CC in 2006 before joining the Huskies in 2007. In 17 appearances for the UW, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound righty posted no record and a 3.42 ERA, striking out 25 in 26 and one-third innings.

  • Johnny Bowden C, USC: Went in the 41st round, 1,225th overall, to the Colorado Rockies.

  • Kevin Brophy, RHP, UCLA: Was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Friday, June 8. Brophy recorded the staff's lowest ERA, a 2.65 mark, collecting 15 strikeouts in 17.0 innings of relief. The Menifee, Calif., resident has surrendered just three runs in his last 14 games and has pitched two innings or more in four of his relief appearances. In his four years at UCLA, Brophy has pitched in 74 games, the most pitching appearances of any current Bruin. The former Paloma Valley High School standout has registered a 4.40 career ERA in 75.2 innings of relief. As a freshman in 2004, Brophy led the Bruins with 29 pitching appearances and compiled a 5-2 record. The following season (2005), he appeared in 23 games out of the bullpen and held the opposition hitless in five outings. As a junior in 2006, Brophy allowed just one earned run in seven innings of relief. Brophy becomes just the second Bruin to have ever been drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the third UCLA ballplayer to have been selected this season.

  • Tyson Brummett, RHP, UCLA: Was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Friday, June 8. Brummett has led UCLA on the mound in 2007, posting a 3.57 ERA and 10-5 record in 17 starts. The right-hander from Salem, Utah, has registered team highs with 133.2 innings pitched and 109 strikeouts. Brummett has hurled seven complete games, tied with six other Bruins for the second-highest single-season total in school history. The right-handed ace recorded victories in six consecutive starts midway through the season before earning All-Pac-10 Team accolades. The 233rd overall selection in this year's draft and 19th pick in the seventh round, Brummett was drafted for the third time in his career. The San Francisco Giants selected Brummett in the 35th and 38th rounds of the 2003 and 2004 MLB Drafts, respectively. Brummett becomes the seventh Bruin to have been selected by the Philadelphia Phillies. As a junior in 2006, Brummett led the Bruins as their No. 3 starter, posting a 4.52 ERA and a 6-7 record in 17 apperances. A graduate of Spanish Fork High School in Spanish Fork, Utah, Brummett pitched in 23 games as a freshman at Central Arizona City College in 2004. The following season, Brummett threw 84.1 innings in 18 games, recording 72 strikeouts and a 2.67 ERA.

  • Mitch Canham, C, Oregon State: The Lake Stevens, Wash., native went in the first round to the San Diego Padres; he was the 57th player taken overall. 'I'm glad I went where I did to the Padres,' said Canham. 'I love the organization and the way they treat their players. I had no idea where I was going to go, but I'm glad it's over so I don't have to think about it anymore. No more distractions from scouts.'

  • David Coulon, LHP, Arizona: Was drafted in the 42nd round to the Colorado Rockies and was the fourth Arizona left-handed pitcher selected in the draft. He completed his junior season at UA with a 4-3 overall record and a 4.98 ERA. The southpaw struck out 62 batters in 68 2/3 innings in 2007.

  • Danny Cox, SS, Washington: A sophomore from Chehalis, went to the Yankees in the 36th round (1,107th). The 6-foot-2, 185-pound left-handed hitter, started 32 games at shortstop or second base for the Huskies in 2007. Originally drafted by the Twins in the 35th round of the 2005 draft, after his senior year at W.F. West High, Cox batted .258 as a freshman in 2006 and again as a sophomore in 2007. He led the team in triples with five in 2007 and made only seven errors in the field. Despite being a sophomore in college, Cox was eligible for the draft due to his age (he¹ll turn 21 in July).

  • Matt Cusick, INF, USC: The Junior went in the 10th round, 321st overall, to the Houston Astros.

  • Erik Davis, Stanford: Went to theTexas Rangers in the 21st Round and was the 650th Overall Selection. Davis moved into Stanford's starting rotation for the first time in his career late in the 2007 campaign. He finished the 2007 season with a 4-2 record to go with a 5.29 ERA and one save. Davis struck out 42 batters in 51.0 innings of work over 18 appearances and six starts, while limiting opponents to a .263 batting average. His best outings came late in the season, including 7.0 innings without allowing an earned run and striking out a career-high seven versus Pacific on May 20.

  • Lucas Duda, OF, USC: Was the highest selection after he was picked in the seventh round (243rd overall) by the New York Mets.

  • Johnny DuRocher, RHP, Washington: A fourth-year junior from Graham, was also taken by the Mariners, in the 34th round (1,032nd overall). The former Husky quarterback, joined the UW baseball team this season after not having played baseball since his sophomore year of high school. In four appearances for the Huskies, he threw six innings, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out three. DuRocher, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder from Bethel High, saw his college football career cut short last fall when a brain tumor was discovered following an on-field injury. He had successful surgery to remove the tumor last November.

  • Hector Estrella, INF, USC: The senior was chosen in the 40th round, 1,212th overall, by the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Brian Flores, ASU:Was Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 this season and was taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 13th round, 395th overall. It was the third time Flores has been drafted, as he was taken in the 21st round in 2004 and the 37th round in 2005.

  • Nolan Gallagher, Stanford: Was picked up in the 4th round, the 135th overall selection, by the Seattle Mariners. He spent most of his junior 2007 season in Stanford's starting pitching rotation before being moved to the bullpen late in the campaign. Gallagher (5-6, 7.27 ERA, 1 SV, 64.1 IP, 48 SO) led the club in victories, while ranking third in both strikeouts and starts (11). He made 19 appearances and also had the team's only shutout of the season and one of the club's three complete games. He worked 5.0 innings of scoreless relief over his final two appearances of the season on May 25 and May 27 to help lead Stanford to a three-game sweep at USC in its final series of the 2007 season.

  • Nick Hagadone, P, Washington: Was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 55th overall pick in today's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Hagadone, a junior lefty from Sumner, Wash., was Boston's first pick as the the Red Sox did not have a first-round selection. Hagadone was chosen in the first compensation round, which falls between the official first and second rounds. Hagadone, who was named first-team All-Pac-10 this season, was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 36th round of the 2004 draft after his senior season at Sumner High. In 2007, Hagadone spent most of the college season as the Huskies' closer. Over 25 appearances, he went 6-1 with a 2.77 earned run average and 11 saves. In 68 and one-third innings, he allowed 62 hits and only 17 walks while striking out 72.

  • Matt Hague, 3B/RHP, Washington: A junior from Kent, was drafted by Cleveland in the 11th round with the 347th overall pick. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-handed hitter, played outfield, third base and was also a pitcher during his UW career. A freshman All-America in 2005, when he hit .419, he was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2006 and also earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention in 2005 and 2007. This spring, Hague, a Kentwood High graduate, was the only UW player to start every game, batting .353 with 15 doubles, 49 runs batted in and a team-high 13 home runs. In just three season, he has collected 216 career hits, ninth-most in UW history. His .378 career batting average ranks second in school history.

  • Chris Hopkins, CF, Oregon State: Was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 44th round for the 1297th pick.

  • Mike Jones, ASU: Doubles as a wide receiver on the Sun Devil football team, was selected in the 42nd round (1,265th overall) by the Chicago White Sox.

  • Brian Juhl, Stanford: Was chosen in the 35th round by the Cleveland Indians and was the 1063rd overall selection. Juhl took over as Stanford's starting catcher in 2007 and started 44 of the team's 56 games behind the plate, while playing in a total of 50 contests. Juhl hit .302 (49-162) on the season with a 6-for-15 (.400) three-game set in his last series of the season at USC (May 25-27) to raise his average 10 points and move him over the .300 mark for the campaign. He added five homers and 28 RBI, as well as 10 doubles, 12 walks, five hit by pitches, three sacrifice flies and two sacrifice bunts to go with a .457 slugging percentage and a .363 on-base mark.

  • Paul Koss, RP, USC: The senior closer went in the 11th round, 356th overall, to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Eddie Kunz, RHP, Oregon State: The Portland, Ore., native went in the first round to the New York Mets; he was the 42nd player taken overall.'Getting the draft over is a relief,' said Kunz. 'Everything can be focused on Michigan now. I feel good about where I went, I feel like I'm in pretty good company, but now it's time to play Michigan, hopefully we beat them up a little bit and have some fun.'

  • Anton Maxwell, LHP, Oregon State: Was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 31st round for the 950th pick.

  • Brandon McKerney, RHP, Washington: A junior from Edmonds, was selected by the Mariners with their 14th-round pick (435th overall). The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from Meadowdale High, spent three season as a reliever on the UW pitching staff. As a junior in 2007, he went 3-1 with a 6.23 earned run average. He made a name for himself last summer when he pitched for the Newport (R.I.) Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. For the Gulls, he posted a 0.31 ERA and held oponents to a .106 average.

  • Brad Mills, LHP, Arizona:The senior was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 145th overall pick in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Thursday. Mills, who was tabbed in the 22nd round of the 2006 draft by Toronto but did not sign and returned for his senior season, recently completed his final year at UA with a 9-4 record and a 4.41 ERA in 87 2/3 innings pitched. A true success story, Mills joined the Arizona baseball program as the lone pitcher to make the UA roster out of an 80-player walk on tryout in the fall of 2003 and remains the only player to earn a spot on the team out of an open tryout in six seasons under head coach Andy Lopez. He spent his first two seasons as a spot reliever out of the Wildcats' bullpen, but worked his way into a vital part of the UA starting rotation the past two seasons. He finished second on the 2007 Arizona team in innings pitched (87 2/3), wins (9) and strikeouts (89). A civil engineering major with a 3.23 cumulative GPA, Mills is on schedule to graduate from Arizona this coming December. He was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 team and was a second-team Academic All-Pac-10 selection this season.

  • Scott Mueller, ASU: Was taken 639 overall (21st round) by the Baltimore Orioles. Mueller had been taken in the 41st round in 2004 and 37th round in 2005.

  • Shawn Olsen, USC: The pitcher was picked up in the 28th round, 867th overall, to theSan Diego Padres.

  • Joe Paterson, LHP, Oregon State: The McMinnville, Ore., native was taken in the tenth round to the San Francisco Giants; he was the 314th player taken overall.

  • Bill Rhinehart, OF, Arizona: became the fourth Wildcat player taken in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft when the Washington Nationals selected him in the 11th round with the 340th overall pick. The first UA position player selected in the 2007 draft, Rhinehart recently wrapped up his career at Arizona on absolute fire. The left-handed hitting senior hit for the cycle twice in his last seven games and became just the third player since 1950 to lead the Wildcats in batting average (.372), RBI (66) and home runs (13). He finished his Wildcat career on a 16-game hitting streak.

  • Curt Rindal, 1B, Washington: A senior from Mt. Vernon) was chosen by the Brewers in the 35th round (1,057th). The 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed slugger, was the only senior on the Huskies¹ roster in 2007. In 224 at bats, he hit .348 with a team-high 21 doubles and 50 RBI. In his Husky career, the Mt. Vernon High graduate totaled 47 doubles and 27 home runs, fifth and eighth, respectively, on the UW career charts.

  • Andrew Romine, ASU: Was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth round, 178th overall. Romine earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors this season as well. He had previously been drafted in the 36th round coming out of high school.

  • Brant Rustich, RHP, UCLA: Selected by the New York Mets in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft Thursday afternoon. Rustich, the 93rd overall selection in the 2007 draft, became the 28th baseball player in school history to be chosen in the first two rounds. Rustich, a hard-throwing 6-foot-6-inch right-hander from Grossmont, Calif., leads the Bruins with six saves this season. The redshirt junior has tallied a 3-2 record and a 6.67 ERA in 20 appearances, striking out 28 batters in 29.2 innings. Rustich limited hitters to a .265 clip and made one start midway through the season. Rustich becomes just the seventh Bruin to have been chosen by the New York Mets. At least one UCLA ballplayer has been selected within the first two rounds in three of the past four drafts. The former El Cajon High School standout received a medical redshirt in 2006 after suffering a finger injury. Rustich recorded a 1.50 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of relief that season.

  • Josh Satow, ASU: The All-American and All-Pac-10 pitcher was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 28th round, 855th overall. Satow was undrafted out of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale.

  • Daniel Schlereth, LHP, Arizona: Was taken by Oakland with its 8th-round pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Friday. The selection was the 270th overall selection on the second day of the draft. Schlereth recently wrapped up his 2007 season at Arizona with a 3-1 record and a team-high eight saves. Serving as the primary closer for the first half of the season, the redshirt sophomore struck out 47 batters in 37 innings of work and posted a 2.68 ERA. In his two-year career at UA Schlereth has recorded 15 saves, the second-most in school history, and he successfully converted 11 straight save attempts over two seasons.

  • Colt Sedbrook, INF, Arizona: Was picked up by the Chicago Cubs in the 42nd round after finishing the 2007 season third on the team with a .335 batting average and 52 runs scored. A career .337 hitter in two seasons at Arizona, Sedbrook is the all-time school leader in getting hit by pitches with 42 HBP.

  • Tim Smith, ASU: Went in the seventh round by the Texas Rangers, going 230th overall. Smith, who was Honorable Mention All-Pac-10, was drafted for the third time. He was previously taken in the 21st round in 2004 and the 17th round in 2005.

  • Eric Sogard, ASU: Was a second round pick of the San Diego Padres. Arizona State leads all schools with 352 draft picks since the first year of the draft in 1965. He was the first Sun Devil chosen, going the second round, 81st overall, to the San Diego Padres. Sogard was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and eanred All-American status from Collegiate Baseball. He was undrafted out of Thunderbird High School in Phoenix.

  • Adam Sorgi, Stanford: Went to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 21st round of the draft, being nthe 653rd overall selection. He earned All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career in 2007, while leading Stanford and ranking sixth in the Pac-10 in both batting average (.375) and on-base percentage (.451) when he returned to action after missing the entire 2006 campaign with a right shoulder injury. He hovered just under the .400 mark for the most of the 2007 campaign and ended up third on the club with 60 hits despite playing in just 42 of the team's 56 games and making only 40 starts mostly due to his continued recovery from his shoulder injury. Sorgi was able to start each of the team's final 37 games at second base after Stanford returned from its annual break for finals in March. The 37 consecutive starts allowed him to just exactly reach the minimum number of games he needed to play (75% of the team's 56 contests) to officially qualify for the Pac-10 and NCAA stat leaders. His hottest stretch of the campaign came with a season-high 10-game hit streak from April 21 - May 6. Sorgi had an incredible .564 (22-39) batting average during the red-hot streak with multiple hits in eight of the 10 contests to raise his overall batting average at the end of the run to a season-high .407.

  • Matt Spencer, ASU:: Went to the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round, 113th overall. Spencer earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors this season, and was a 24th round draft pick out of high school.

  • Mike Stutes, RHP, Oregon State: The Lake Oswego, Ore., native went in the ninth round to the St. Louis Cardinals; he was the 292nd player taken overall.

  • Michael Taylor, Stanford: Was taken in the fifth round by the Philadelphia Phillies and was the 173rd pick overall. He earned All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career as a junior in 2007 when he had career-bests in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (12), RBI (59), batting average (.335) and hits (78). He also added career-bests with 16 doubles, 136 total bases and a .584 slugging percentage, while equaling career-highs in triples (3) and on-base percentage (.395). Taylor paced the team in RBI and doubles, while co-leading the club in homers, at bats, total bases and slugging percentage. He finished his 2007 season on a tear with a career-high 12-game hit streak and had multiple-hit games in 16 of his last 19 contests with a .429 batting average, seven homers and 31 RBI during the 19-game stretch.

  • Daniel Turpen, RHP, Oregon State: The McMinnville, Ore., native went in the eighth round to the San Francisco Giants; he was the 254th player taken overall.

  • C.J. Ziegler, 1B, Arizona: Became the fifth Arizona player to hear his named called in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft when the St. Louis Cardinals made him their 37th round pick on Friday. Ziegler, who transferred to Arizona from Pima Community College, completed his first season at Arizona with a team-best 23 doubles and finished second on the team with a .355 batting average and 63 RBI. He tied teammate Bill Rhinehart for the team lead in home runs with 13 for the year.
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