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MLB draft: Four more selected

Hart’s Glasnow, Golden Valley’s Barlow, COC’s Perez and former Cougar Hernandez taken on second day

Posted: June 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley senior Scotty Barlow was drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Both Glasnow and Barlow must now decide between signing with the club or playing in college.

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Three baseball players now face very tough decisions.

A fourth’s may be a little more clear-cut.

Hart High graduate Tyler Glasnow, Golden Valley graduate Scotty Barlow and College of the Canyons Western State Conference, South Division Player of the Year honorees Juan Perez and Brian Hernandez were all taken on the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

Glasnow was taken with the first pick of the fifth round and 152nd overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates; Barlow was drafted 194th by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth round; Perez went 805th to the Cincinnati Reds in the 26th round; and Hernandez, who played for COC in 2008 before moving on to UC Irvine, was selected 825th by the Los Angeles Angels in the 27th round.

The quartet received the news one day after Hart grad and UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer matched Saugus’ Roger Salkeld as the highest local player drafted when he went No. 3 overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Now, Glasnow, Barlow and Perez must decide whether to play out their collegiate commitments or sign with their respective organizations.

“I’m still thinking,” said Glasnow, who committed to the University of Portland. “I’m not quite sure.”

Said Fresno State recruit Barlow: “Today, I’m just enjoying the moment and everything. I’m probably going to just wait until tomorrow to make the decision.”

The 6-foot-6-inch Glasnow had an 8-2 record as a senior, with a 1.25 ERA and 99 strikeouts over 67 innings pitched. The right-handed pitcher reached double-digit strikeouts on four different occasions.

He said he was in his room when his mother came running in with the news.

“I’m definitely excited the Pirates got me,” he said. “I talked to all the scouts. They were really nice and have a good training facility. I’m just really excited for whatever happens.”

Barlow was on his computer following the draft live when he received a call from one of the Dodgers’ scouts telling him to be ready.

A few rounds later, he watched his name pop up on the screen.

“I was speechless,” Barlow said. “I don’t even know. It’s hard to describe the feeling. So happy. More than happy.”

The right-hander is the second Golden Valley player ever drafted. Outfielder Jordan Yallen was taken in the 47th round by the Chicago White Sox in 2009.

In 2011, Barlow was 7-4 with a 3.17 ERA and 84 strikeouts over 42 innings pitched.

Glasnow and Barlow aren’t the only ones with choices to make.

Perez committed to Loyola Marymount a few days ago, according to Cougars head coach Chris Cota.

“Juan was a special player for us,” Cota said. “He basically is a player you can put anywhere on the field. He started out at second base and moved to shortstop, and he just gelled. Offensively, I can’t say enough.”

The transfer from Mission College batted .400 with 33 runs scored, 35 RBIs and 15 stolen bases this season.

He was also the third Cougar in four years to be named the WSC Player of the Year. Trevor Bloom received the award in 2009, and Hernandez took home the hardware in 2008.

Hernandez went on to play at UC Irvine, where he led the team with a .351 average to go along with 31 RBIs and 47 runs scored this season.

When Hernandez was at COC, he set a team record with 25 doubles.

“Having them both come in and do what they did, it’s really a tribute to their hard work, and I think they really bought in to what we were trying to do at COC,” Cota said. “With their hard work and their play, they deserve everything coming to them.”

After few other names of interest came off the draft board Tuesday, including that of former Valencia standout and 2009 Foothill League and All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year Christian Lopes. After transferring to Edison High of Huntington Beach, Lopes was taken 229th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh round.

Additionally, the Chicago Cubs drafted Oaks Christian’s Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, in the eighth round, and Shawon Dunston Jr. in the 11th.

Dereck Rodriguez, the son of Washington Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez, went to the Minnesota Twins in the sixth round, while Ryan Garvey, the son of former Dodger Steve Garvey, was taken in the 30th round by Washington.

The draft finishes up today with rounds 31-50.

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