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Led by McLain, Zavala, and Beck, the Pac-12 sees 45 stars taken in the 2021 MLB Draft

Jul 9, 2021
Don Liebig / Bob Drebin / Deborah Mundorff

Forty-five Major League Baseball hopefuls from the Pac-12 learned their fates at the 2021 MLB Draft, which took place over the All-Star Week for the first time. Follow below for a recap from all twenty rounds.


Matt McLain, No. 17 —Cincinnati Reds

After starring at shortstop for the UCLA Bruins for three years, Matt McLain is MLB-bound after the Cincinnati Reds took him with their first selection (17th overall) at the 2021 MLB Draft. McLain was an on-base machine for the Bruins this past season, batting .333 with a .434 on-base percentage.


Aaron Zavala, Round 2, No. 38 —Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers grabbed reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year Aaron Zavala with the 38th overall pick of the draft. In Zavala, the Rangers are getting a dominant bat (.392 batting average) who had nearly as many home runs (9) as stolen bases (11).


Brendan Beck, Round 2, No. 55 —New York Yankees

With the 55th overall pick, the New York Yankees select the 2021 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Stanford's Brendan Beck. The power-throwing right hander was dominant for the Cardinal in 2021, averaging 1.32 strikeouts per inning. 

Washington State

Kyle Manzardo, Round 2, No. 63 —Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Washington State slugger Kyle Manzardo with the 63rd overall pick, making the him the highest Cougar taken since 1991.


Ryan Holgate, Round 2, No. 70 —St. Louis Cardinals

After leading the Wildcats to the 2021 College World Series, Ryan Holgate has been selected in the second round by the St. Louis Cardinals. 


Branden Boissiere, Round 3, No. 82 —Washington Nationals

Branden Boissiere set career highs in nearly every offensive category in 2021, earning him notice from the Washington Nationals who selected the lefty outfielder with the 82nd overall pick.

Player Position Pac-12 School MLB team Round / Overall Pick
Matt McLain SS 1st / 17th
Aaron Zavala SS 2nd/ 38th
Brendan Beck P 2nd/ 55th
Kyle Manzardo 1B 2nd/ 63rd
Ryan Holgate OF 2nd (CB-B)/ 70th
Branden Boissiere OF 3rd/ 82nd
Donta Williams OF 4th/ 106th
JT Schwartz 1B 4th/ 111th
Zane Mills P 4th/ 120th
Nick Nastrini P 4th/ 131st
Grant Holman P 6th/ 188th
Kevin Kendall SS 7th/ 202nd
Kevin Abel P 7th/ 210th
Robert Ahlstrom P 7th/ 213th
Sean Sullivan P 8th/ 223rd
Ian Villers P 8th/ 236th
Drew Swift SS 8th/ 248th
Noah Cardenas C 8th/ 249th
Cullen Kafka P 9th/ 260th
Chandler Champlain P 9th/ 273rd
Chase Watkins P 9th/ 274th
Gil Luna P 9th/ 275th
Darren Baker 2B 10th/ 293rd
Tim Tawa 2B 11th/ 318th
Chase Silseth P 11th/ 321st
Jesse Bergin P 11th/ 329th
Sean Mullen P 11th/ 341st
Tyson Guerrero P 12th/ 349th
Brandon White P 12th/ 359th
Ben Ramirez SS 13th/ 384th
Kobe Kato 2B 13th/ 388th
Erik Tolman P 14th/ 413th
Bryant Salgado P 14th/ 418th
Adrian Chaidez P 15th/ 448th
Alex Cornwell P 15th/ 451st
Christian Robinson OF 15th/ 457th
Mikey Perez SS 15th/ 459th
Braiden Ward OF 16th/ 470th
Zach Pettway P 16th/ 486th
Justin Fall P 17th/ 509th
Cooper Benson P 17th/ 512th
Tyler Thorton P 17th/ 516th
Austin Smith P 18th/ 547th
Nathan Burns P 19th/ 561st
Hunter Breault P 20th/ 608th