Three Players Selected On Second Day Of The 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft
June 6, 2008
New York, NY. - Three Stanford players were selected on Friday's second and final day of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Junior right-handed pitcher Austin Yount (Los Angeles Dodgers, 367th pick overall) was taken in the 12th round, senior right-handed pitcher Erik Davis (San Diego Padres, 405th pick overall) was taken in the 13th round, and senior designated hitter Randy Molina (Seattle Mariners, 1,272nd pick overall) was taken in the 43rd round.
The selections of Yount, Davis, and Molina give Stanford a total of seven players chosen in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, following the selections of first-rounder Jason Castro (Houston Astros, 10th pick overall), compensation round A selection Jeremy Bleich (New York Yankees, 44th pick overall), third-rounder Cord Phelps (Cleveland Indians, 107th pick overall) and fourth-rounder Sean Ratliff (New York Mets, 134th pick overall), on the first day of the draft.
Austin Yount (Los Angeles Dodgers, 12th round, 367th Overall Selection)
Yount, a native of Scottsdale, AZ, has made a major impact this season after he moved into the bullpen following the injury to Jeremy Bleich. Yount has put together a 3.54 ERA this season in eight starts and struck out 32 batters in 56.0 innings pitched.
Yount was honored this season as an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, which was his first such honor in his Cardinal career.
The junior also made an impact this season at the plate as he hit .338 in 68 at bats.
Yount was selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft for the first time.
Erik Davis (San Diego Padres, 13th round, 405th Overall Selection)
Davis, a native of Mountain View, Calif., put together a big senior season as Stanford's most effective pitcher for most of the season. Davis currently has a 4.59 ERA in 96.0 innings pitched with a team-high 91 strikeouts. His 2008 season included four straight complete games in his first four Pac-10 starts.
Davis also is tied for the team-lead this season with seven victories and leads the team in innings pitched, starts, complete games, and strikeouts.
Davis has previous been selected twice in the MLB First-Year Player draft. He was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 47th round (1397th pick overall) of the 2004 draft and was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 21st round (650th pick overall) of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player draft.
Randy Molina (Seattle Mariners, 43rd round, 1272nd Overall Selection)
Molina, a native of South Gate, CA, had a strong season as Stanford's primary designated hitter as he currently has a .339 average on the season, which is third highest on the team. Molina recorded 64 hits on the season and finished with five home runs and 39 RBI.
Molina hit safely in a career-high 10 straight games from March 24-April 6 (16-35, .457) with five multiple-hit contests.
This is Molina's first selection in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.