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Five more SCV products taken on Day 3 of MLB Draft

Four of the locals drafted Saturday with ties to COC

Posted: June 7, 2014 6:24 p.m.
Updated: June 7, 2014 6:24 p.m.

Valencia High graduate and Cal State Dominguez Hills pitcher Brennan Bernardino was selected 785th overall in the 26th round by the Cincinnati Reds. Photo courtesy of CSU Dominguez Hills Athletics

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With current and former players getting into the mix, Saturday was a big day for the College of the Canyons baseball program.

Four players with ties to COC were selected on the third and final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, along with another Valencia High graduate.

Adding to the two who were selected on Friday, that brings the total to seven local products whose names were called in this year’s draft.

One unusual twist to this year’s class though is that it doesn’t include any graduates of Hart High School for the first time since 1999.

The locals selected on Saturday, which covered rounds 11 through 40, began with COC first baseman Roberto Ramos.

The COC freshman was chosen in the 16th round, 473rd overall by the Colorado Rockies.

“I’m really excited to hear my name called,” Ramos said. “It’s obviously a big dream that every baseball player has. As soon as I heard my name called my whole life went through my eyes. It was a pretty amazing.”

After Ramos, it was former COC infielder and Oklahoma Baptist junior Ivan Vela, who taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers 639th overall in the 21st round.

He was followed by ex-West Ranch High/COC pitcher Steven Farnworth (23rd round, 677th overall by the Miami Marlins), who spent this season with Cal Poly Pomona.

“It’s honestly mind blowing,” Farnworth said. “You kind of, as a little kid, dream about it and when it actually happens it’s unbelievable. I’m still shaking.”

The only local draftee on Saturday without a COC connection was Valencia graduate Brennan Bernardino, who pitched for Cal State Dominguez Hills this past season. He went 785th overall in the 26th round to the Cincinnati Reds.

The final SCV player chosen Saturday was COC sophomore pitcher Ryan Cruz, who went 868th overall in the 29th round to the San Francisco Giants.

Both Farnworth and Bernardino are interesting cases because neither one was a big pitching star coming out of high school.

The two of them improved drastically while playing at both the community college and eventually four-year college level.

Farnworth carried a 2.87 ERA and a 6-2 record in a team-high 78 1/3 innings this past season with Cal Poly Pomona and Bernardino was 5-0 with a team-best 1.59 ERA in 62 1/3 innings with CSU Dominguez Hills.

“I just had to keep battling adversity,” said Farnworth, a 2011 West Ranch grad. “I just wanted to keep playing so I had to keep working at it.”

Bernardino graduated from Valencia in 2010 and went on to play two years at L.A. Mission College before transferring to CSU Dominguez Hills.

Since his time at Valencia, Bernardino said: “I learned the game. I put in a lot of hard work on my mechanics and I’ve known people along the way that have helped me out and helped teach me how to pitch.”

He was the second Valencia grad selected in this year’s draft, following Shane Zeile on Friday. At least one Valencia High product has been drafted every year since 2004.

Like many other young players drafted Saturday, decisions will soon have to be made whether to sign professional contracts or continue with their college careers.

Bernardino said he's already signed and headed to Arizona for Rookie League ball.

Farnworth indicated that he'll sign soon as well and forgo his senior year.

Ramos said he’s leaning toward singing with the Marlins rather than returning for his sophomore season at COC next year.

Cruz was less certain about his decision, saying he already has scholarship offers on the table from three NCAA Division I teams: Southeast Missouri State, University of Dayton and North Carolina A&T State.

“If (the Giants) give me enough I’m definitely going to sign, but then again there’s always the option of going to school and being drafted higher next year,” Cruz said.

Vela also has one year remaining of college eligibility.

The two locals drafted on Friday were Zeile (fifth round, 160th overall, Detroit Tigers) and former College of the Canyons pitcher Andrew Rohrbach (ninth round, 263rd, Rockies).

Both also said they are likely to sign pro contracts.

Notable SCV players who went undrafted include West Ranch senior pitcher Jake Bird and Hart senior shortstop Nick Valaika.

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