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Five Santa Clarita Valley products are taken on second day of MLB Draft

Posted: June 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart grad and UCLA infielder Trevor Brown went to San Francisco in the 10th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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Coming into the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, it was known that it would be a whole new ballgame based off baseball’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Stricter rules on bonuses and a faster signing deadline made the draft harder to predict.

That was evident on its second day.

Five Santa Clarita Valley products were taken by Major League teams on Day 2, which covered rounds two through 15.

The highest Santa Clarita Valley product selected was right-handed pitcher and College of the Canyons sophomore Cory Jones — a fifth-round pick, 180th overall, by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jones, whose fastball touches the high-90s, went 7-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 2012, striking out 89 batters in 61 1/3 innings.

But the major surprise was Valencia infielder Trey Williams, projected by many just three months ago as a first rounder, falling to the Cardinals in the 11th round at 360th overall.

Williams was very upbeat, though.

“It’s something else,” Williams said of being drafted. “It’s an experience not everybody goes through. It’s hard to explain.”

The senior batted .378 with five home runs and 24 RBIs this year and walked 24 times in 28 games.

One of the greatest power hitters in Santa Clarita Valley prep history and a player with multiple tools, Williams said he didn’t know why his stock dropped.

The new draft rules might have played a factor.

Williams is committed to Pepperdine University, and with teams having to spread around their money differently and with strict slotting bonuses — the Cardinals, for example, have $9,131,100 to spread around to their first 14 picks (all within the first 10 rounds) — players taken past the first round can’t demand the sort of money they could in years past.

Each team has a bonus pool, and if a team exceeds that amount it could face a tax and the possible loss of future draft picks.

Also, teams have to sign their draft picks by July 13 or lose the rights to that player.

Because of those factors, teams might see taking some players as a risk.

Valencia catcher Brian Mundell, who told The Signal on Monday he has received interest from about 15 teams and has worked out for three, said he wasn’t sure if he would be drafted at all.

He wasn’t taken on Tuesday.

Williams said he doesn’t know if he’ll sign or go to college.

“I’m proud to be a Cardinal. Proud to be drafted by any Major League team. I’d love to play in St. Louis,” Williams said. “(Going to Pepperdine), it’s still as exciting as going to play pro ball. I’m playing at a higher level and getting an education with it.”

The only other high schooler with local ties taken was Timmy Lopes, who played for Valencia as a freshman in 2009.

The Edison High of Huntington Beach shortstop, and brother of former Valencia/Edison infielder Christian Lopes (drafted in the seventh round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011), was selected in the sixth round, 191st overall, by the Seattle Mariners.

Valencia High has had a product drafted every year since 2004.

That’s only bettered by Hart, which has now had a player taken every year since 2000.

The latest is Hart graduate and UCLA infielder Trevor Brown.

Brown, who is hitting .322 with three home runs and 50 RBIs this season, was taken in the 10th round (328th overall) by the San Francisco Giants.

Six picks later, The Master’s College right-hander, former College of the Canyons pitcher and West Ranch High graduate Charlie Gillies was taken by the Detroit Tigers with the 334th pick.

He is the first baseball in Santa Clarita Valley history to play for a Foothill League school, College of the Canyons and TMC and get drafted.

Gillies, a sinkerball pitcher, went 8-6 with a 2.17 ERA, striking out 118 batters in 99 2/3 innings this year.

“Obviously excitement and relief because it was pretty stressful,” Gillies said about being drafted. “Especially with my mom. She was going crazy. It was pretty surreal to see my name pop up (online) and hear my name called.”

Gillies said he expects the Tigers to contact him again shortly and then fly him to Lakeland, Fla., the Tigers’ Spring Training home, for a physical within a week.

Today marks the end of the draft, with rounds 16 through 40.

Plenty of SCV products could still go, such as West Ranch High senior pitcher Michael Silva, Hart graduates Jenzen Torres, Bryan Lucas (currently at The Master’s College) and Casey McCarthy and Saugus High graduate Zach Vincej.



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