Local college players await draft


The Major League baseball draft gets underway today so there will lots of excitement on the part of high school, community college and four-year college players throughout the country. It was a bit of a down year on the local college front so there likely won’t be many names called from those teams.

It looks like the first local college player to go will be catcher Ryan Miller (Tahquitz HS) of San Bernardino Valley Coillege.

The baseball draft is the most up-in-the-air of all the major sports so you never know. But Wolverines coach Bill Mierzwik said he has heard that his star player could go anywhere from the third to the 10th round. Good catchers are hard to find and he ranks highly in all the departments scouts covet, finishing with three errors and a fielding percentage of .990. He hit .301 with 33 RBI but whether he’ll hit enough at the next level seems to be the question.

Mierzwik also said the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox have been the teams with the most interest. But again, you never know.

Mierzwik also said outfielder-pitcher Brandon Kinser (Pacific HS) could also get called. He is leaning toward attending Brigham Young but likely would sign if he gets called early enough.

There are some locals at major four-year schools that will probably go first. Among those is junior right-handed pitcher Scott Frazier (Upland HS) who plays at Pepperdine. Among the others is catcher Jacob Romanski (Norco HS/Chaffey College) of San Diego State.

Frazier was 5-5 with a 4.06 ERA in 13 starts for the Waves. He had 83 strikeouts in 89 innings. Meanwhile Romanski his .303 and had a stellar fielding percentage of .989.

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