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Twenty-Three Players Drafted On Final Day

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6/6/2018

23 more #BWCBaseball players were drafted on Day 3 of the #MLBDraft, bringing the league's total to 28 in 2018.

Twenty-three Big West Conference athletes were selected on the final day of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft, increasing the league’s draftee total to 28.

Big West Conference Champion Cal State Fullerton paced the conference with seven selections. The Titans had two selected on the second day with 2018 Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year Colton Eastman drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 107th overall pick in the fourth round and fellow pitcher Andrew Quezada going to the Colorado Rockies in the seventh round (216th).  Five more Cal State Fullerton players were selected on day three.

Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara each witnessed four student-athletes selected in the draft, with three Dirtbags going on day three. Leading the trio was Eli Villalobos, a right-handed pitcher selected by the Miami Marlins as the 417th overall pick in round 14.  Starting pitcher Clayton Andrews and closer Chris Rivera would also be nabbed later in the day.  

For the Gauchos, all four selections were taken on the final day of the draft.   Pitcher Noah Davis was the first Big West player taken today as the Cincinnati Reds 11th-round pick (319th).  Shortstop Clay Fisher was chosen in the following round to the Baltimore Orioles and pitcher Stevie Ledenma and infielder Andrew Martinez were picked later in the afternoon.

Cal Poly and CSUN each had three players while a trio of schools had two apiece selected - Hawai'i, UC Riverside and UC Irvine.  UC Davis had one player chosen.

Player, Pos School Round Pick Team
Colton Eastman, RHP Cal State Fullerton 4 107th Philadelphia Phillies
Alex McKenna, OF Cal Poly 4 132nd Houston Astros
Nick Meyer, C Cal Poly 6 170th New York Mets
Andrew Quezada, RHP Cal State Fullerton 7 216th Colorado Rockies
Jarren Duran, 2B Long Beach State 7 220th Boston Red Sox
Noah Davis, RHP UC Santa Barbara 11 319th Cincinnati Reds
Brett Conine, RHP Cal State Fullerton 11 342nd Houston Astros
Clay Fisher, SS UC Santa Barbara 12 355th Baltimore Orioles
Trevor Casanova, C CSUN 13 394th Minnesota Twins
Eli Villalobos, RHP Long Beach State 14 417th Miami Marlins
Trenton Toplikar, RHP UC Riverside 16 466th San Francisco Giants
Ruben Cardenas, OF Cal State Fullerton 16 493rd Cleveland Indians
Hazahel Quijada, LHP UC Riverside 17 501st San Diego Padres
Erik Cha, LHP Cal State Fullerton 17 514th Minnesota Twins
Clayton Andrews, LHP Long Beach State 17 515th Milwaukee Brewers
Tommy Wilson, RHP Cal State Fullerton 19 560th New York Mets
Ryan Fitzpatrick, 1B UC Irvine 22 648th Chicago White Sox
Blake Workman, RHP Cal State Fullerton 22 669th Arizona Diamondbacks
Albee Weiss, C CSUN 23 694th Minnesota Twins
Kyle Marinconz, SS Cal Poly 24 731st Washington Nationals
Stevie Ledesma, RHP UC Santa Barbara 27 795th Detroit Tigers
Justin Toerner, CF CSUN 28 843rd St. Louis Cardinals
Kekai Rios, C Hawai'i 28 845th Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan Anderson, OF UC Davis 31 929th Texas Rangers
Andrew Martinez, SS UC Santa Barbara 33 987th Miami Marlins
Chris Rivera, RHP Long Beach State 33 993rd St. Louis Cardinals
Cole Kreuter, 3B UC Irvine 36 1083rd St. Louis Cardinals
Dylan Thomas, RHP Hawai'i 38 1144th Minnesota Twins