The Big West Conference witnessed 11 student-athletes selected on day two of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The morning got off to a quick start with Long Beach State’s Garrett Hampson being selected in the third round, as the 81st overall pick, by the Colorado Rockies. A three-time All-Big West selection, Hampson is the 2016 Big West Defensive Player of the Year and was the 2014 Big West Freshman of the Year at Long Beach State. He has started every game and played every single inning at shortstop during his three seasons in Long Beach. He was a .303 career hitter in college, amassing 213 career hits, which ranks seventh on LBSU’s all-time hits list. A solid defensive shortstop, Hampson fielded .982 and stole 23 bases as a junior, giving him 50 for his career. Hampson easily led the Dirtbags with 55 runs scored in the 2016 season, adding 75 hits, 26 RBIs and a .387 on-base percentage.
UC Santa Barbara’s Shane Bieber was the first pitcher out of the Big West to be selected, going in the fourth round as the 122nd pick to the Cleveland Indians. The Laguna Hills, Calif., native becomes just the third Gaucho pitcher since 2000 to go in the top four rounds, joining some elite company in 2015 No. 4 overall pick Dillon Tate and 2009 third-rounder Joe Gardner. This season, Bieber is 11-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 119.2 innings. He is the first UCSB pitcher to hit the 11-win mark since 1983, and he has had one of the more productive careers in program history. Bieber will take the ball for the Gauchos as they open Super Regional play against the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PDT on ESPN2.
Pitcher Chad Hockin was the first of four Cal State Fullerton Titans who heard their names announced during day two of the draft. Hockin went in the sixth round (194th) to the Chicago Cubs. In 20 appearances during the 2016 season, Hockin tallied three saves and tossed 25.2 innings out of the bullpen for Fullerton. He posted a career-best 1.05 ERA and struck out 23 batters. Opponents batted just .158 against him, allowing 15 hits.
Teammates Dalton Blaser and Dylan Prohoroff were selected in the eighth round as the 248th and 255th overall picks. Wrapping up the Titan quartet was pitcher Blake Quinn, how was nabbed by the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth round, 257th overall pick.
UC Riverside saw two players grabbed on day two with Austin Sodders going in the 7th round, 205th overall, to the Detroit Tigers and Vince Fernandez taken in the 10th round, 290th overall, to the Colorado Rockies.
The Dirtbags added a second student-athlete to their tally with pitcher Austin George going four rounds after his teammate Hampson was selected. The New York Mets secured George as the 220th overall pick.
CSUN and Cal Poly each had one player selected as the Tampa Bay Rays selected Matadors Kenny Rosenberg in the eighth round and the Rockies picked up Mustang Justin Calomeni in the ninth round.
The third and final day of the MLB Draft, which includes rounds 11 through 40, gets underway Saturday, June 11 at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific).
Big West Players Selected In The 2016 MLB Draft