Cal Baseball Has Five Players Selected in Major League Amatuer Draft
June 8, 2010
The University of California baseball program had five players - sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson, junior right-hander Brian Diemer, junior first baseman Mark Canha, junior second baseman Brian Guinn, senior right-hander Daniel Wolford - selected during the second day of the 2010 Major League First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday (June 8).
Anderson, from Piedmont, Calif. (Piedmont High School), was drafted in the sixth round by the Baltimore Orioles. After being one of the top prospects out of the Northwoods League this past summer, he finished the 2010 campaign 5-4 with a 5.17 ERA and a save. Anderson started 13 games, had 17 appearances, and was involved in two of the Bears' seven shutouts this season, recording 45 strikeouts in 76.2 innings.
Picking up Pac-10 wins against Oregon, Oregon State and USC, Anderson also had a career-high eight strikeouts in a 10-0 shutout of Southern Utah. An outstanding student majoring in environmental science, Anderson was selected first-team CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic and was first-team Pac-10 All-Academic.
Seeing action in 17 games in relief and going 1-2 with a 2.12 ERA and two saves, Diemer (Lafayette, Calif., Acalanes HS) was drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Angels. He finished year on a high note, striking out the side against North Carolina in the NCAA Norman (Okla.) Regional, and had 24 strikeouts in 29.2 innings this season. Diemer is also an outstanding student, majoring in business administration and earning second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
A two-time All-Pac-10 honoree, Canha (San Jose, Calif., Bellarmine College Prep) was selected in the seventh round by the Florida Marlins. He completed the 2010 season batting .319 with 11 doubles and 10 home runs (including three grand slams), and led the Pac-10 with 69 RBI. He also topped Cal with 19 multiple RBI games, had 19 multiple hit games. Canha's 69 RBI is fourth on the Bears' all-time single-season list.
For his career, Canha has a .333 average with 30 doubles, a triple, 22 home runs and 118 RBI. He was 2010 second-team Pac-10 All-Academic as well, majoring in economics.
The 2010 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Guinn was drafted in the 11th round by the San Diego Padres. From El Sobrante, Calif. (Berkeley HS), Guinn started 52 games at second base this season, registering a .978 field percentage, while committing just six errors and making several spectacular plays. He also had 99 putouts and was second on the team with 163 assists. In addition, Guinn hit .327 with 12 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 15 stolen bases and 30 RBI.
Guinn is the son of Brian Guinn, Sr., a former Cal standout (1981-83) and professional baseball player with the Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox organizations. The younger Guinn is majoring in landscape architecture and owns a .321 career batting average with 24 doubles, eight triples, four home runs, 69 RBI and 26 stolen bases.
Wolford, who transferred to Cal from Long Beach State in 2008, was drafted in the 14th round by the Cincinnati Reds. The hard-throwing right-hander from Roseville, Calif. (Woodcreek HS) finished the 2010 season 1-1 with a 6.26 ERA and a save, and had 15 strikeouts in 23.0 innings. He finished his college career on a high note when he struck out a pair of North Carolina batters, and finished three seasons with the Bears recording 84 strikeouts in 85.1 innings.
In 11 seasons directing the Bears, head coach David Esquer has seen 57 of his players selected in the draft, including four, first-round draft picks - Conor Jackson in 2003, Brandon Morrow in 2006, David Cooper in 2008 and Brett Jackson in 2009. Cal baseball currently has nine former players on Major League rosters, tying LSU for the most players in the Big Leagues of any school in the nation.