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38 Players Selected In 2017 MLB Draft


Twenty-six Big West Conference athletes were selected on the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft, increasing the league’s draftee total to 38, tying for sixth-highest total in conference history.

Big West Conference Champion Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara paced the conference with eight selections apiece. The Dirtbags had two selected on the second day with catcher David Banuelos going in the fifth round (153rd) to the Seattle Mariners and outfielder Brock Lundquist headed to the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round (189th).  Six more Long Beach State players were nabbed on day three to up its total to eight.   

The Gauchos had a busy day three as all eight of their players were drafted on the final day. Teammates Austin Bush and Alex Garcia both were picked in the 15th round to get things going for UCSB.  Bush was the 440th selection for the Atlanta Braves, while Garcia went to the Philadelphia Phillies as the 443rd overall pick.

Cal State Fullerton witnessed seven players drafted and two of its first three players selected were pitchers as Connor Seabold was nabbed in the third round by the Phillies and John Gavin  was the San Francisco Giants’ eighth round pick.

UC Irvine had four players selected, including Keston Hiura, who was the first Big West Conference player selected as he went ninth overall to the Milwaukee Brewers, the highest-ever pick in UC Irvine program history, eclipsing Anteater Jeff Malinoff as the No. 22 overall selection in 1974.  It also ties him for the 11th-highest pick in Big West Conference history as Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Kotsay (1996) and Long Beach State’s Kyle Abbott (1989) both went as the ninth selection in their respective years.

Cal Poly and UC Riverside each had three players drafted, while UC Davis and Hawai’i showcased two players each in this year’s draft.  CSUN earned one selection to guarantee every Big West school at least one player drafted.

Big West Players Selected In 2017 MLB Draft

Player, School, Rd. (Pick), Club 
Keston Hiura, UTL - UC Irvine, 1st (9th), Milwaukee Brewers
Spencer Howard, RHP - Cal Poly, 2nd (45th), Philadelphia Phillies
Connor Seabold, RHP - Cal State Fullerton, 3rd (83rd), Philadelphia Phillies
Scott Hurst, CF - Cal State Fullerton, 3rd (94th), St. Louis Cardinals
Erich Uelmen, RHP - Cal Poly, 4th (135th), Chicago Cubs
Ryan Lillie, RHP - UC Riverside,  5th (149th), Miami Marlins
David Banuelos, C - Long Beach State, 5th (153rd), Seattle Mariners
Brock Lundquist, OF - Long Beach State, 6th (189th), Toronto Blue Jays
Conner O’Neil, RHP - CSUN, 7th (217th), New York Mets   
John Gavin, LHP - Cal State Fullerton, 8th (246th), San Francisco Giants
Mark Contreras, OF - UC Riverside, 9th (256th), Minnesota Twins
Calvin Faucher, RHP - UC Irvine, 10th ( 286th), Minnesota Twins
Darren McCaughan, RHP - Long Beach State, 12th (363rd), Seattle Mariners
Austin Bush, 1B - UC Santa Barbara, 15th (440th), Atlanta Braves
Alex Garcia, RHP - UC Santa Barbara, 15th (443rd), Philadelphia Phillies
Robert Garcia, LHP - UC Davis, 15th (450th), Kansas City Royals
Kyle Nelson, LHP - UC Santa Barbara, 15th (462nd), Cleveland Indians
Christopher Hudgins, C - Cal State Fullerton, 16th (480th), Kansas City Royals
Orlando Razo, LHP - UC Davis, 16th (483rd), Seattle Mariners
Colton Burns, CF - UC Santa Barbara, 18th (526th), Minnesota Twins
Dillon Persinger, 2B - Cal State Fullerton, 18th (552nd), Cleveland Indians
Casey Ryan, RHP - Hawai’i, 18th (555th), Chicago Cubs
Josh Advocate, RHB - Long Beach State, 20th (614th), Texas Rangers
Mikey Duarte, SS - UC Irvine, 23rd (687th), Chicago White Sox
Slater Lee, RHP - Cal Poly, 24th (711th), Oakland Athletics
Tim Richards, SS - Cal State Fullerton, 24th (733rd), Washington Nationals
Laine Huffman, SS - Long Beach State, 25th (757th), New York Mets
David Smith, RHP - Long Beach State, 25th (763rd), Washington Nationals
Lucas Tancas, RF - Long Beach State, 26th (778th), Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Rojas, 2B - Hawai’i, 26th (781st), Houston Astros
Cameron Bishop, LHP - UC Irvine, 26th (788th), Baltimore Orioles
Clay Fisher, SS - UC Santa Barbara, 27th (797th), Cincinnati Reds
JJ Muno, SS - UC Santa Barbara, 27th (807th), Chicago White Sox
Joe Record, RHP - UC Santa Barbara, 28th (826th), Minnesota Twins
Alex Fagalde, RHP - UC Riverside, 30th (904th), St. Louis Cardinals
Ramsey Romano, IF - Long Beach State, 31st (945th), Chicago Cubs
Taylor Bryant, 2B - Cal State Fullerton, 33rd (994th), St. Louis Cardinals
Kenny Corey, UTL - UC Santa Barbara, 36th (1075th), Milwaukee Brewers