Inland Area talent taken in the 2015 MLB Draft

Update:

Assignments for local draftees (via Cal Poly Pomona Broncos Athletics):

Cody Ponce to the Helena Brewers

Christian Kelley to the West Virginia Black Bears

Kyle Garlick to the Arizona League Dodgers.

Original Story (June 10):

Cal Poly Pomona had five names drafted this week including the selection of pitcher Cody Ponce in Day 1 of the MLB Draft for 2015.

The five selections ties the class of 1988 for the second highest number of draftees in Cal Poly Pomona history. The highest was in 1985 when seven Broncos were drafted.

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Cal Poly Pomona’s Cody Ponce selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round

Cody Ponce (Image courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona Athletics)

Cody Ponce (Image courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona Athletics)

Update: Pitcher Cody Ponce was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 13th pick (55th overall) in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

“I am very grateful that I get to play baseball at the next level,” Ponce said. “It is an unreal feeling,” he said.” I am pretty much speechless right now.”

Ponce credits those who have stuck by his side, helping him along the way as he reached his latest career milestone.

“I just want to thank my coaches and family for the support they have shown me and helping me get to where I am at today,” he said.

Ponce stated that having his family there meant a lot to him as he found out that he was selected by the Brewers.

“I was just completely embraced by my mother. She has been by my side since day one,” he said. “She has always had 100% faith in me and everything I have done.”

Ponce became the second highest drafted player out of Cal Poly Pomona history and is the sixth player drafted during the five-year tenure of Cal Poly Pomona coach Randy Betten.

The pitcher believes there is still a lot of room to improve on the mound.

“I still need to improve my command of the ball and my four pitches,” he said.

 

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Kaiser grad Chris Mathewson earns national honor

Mathewson had a 1.94 ERA in his freshman season.

Starting pitcher Chris Mathewson of Long BeachState took home another accolade on Monday as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association selected him to it Freshmen All-America Second Team.

Mathewson, a graduate of Kaiser High School in Fontana, finished a fantastic freshman season with a 194 ERA in 13 starts. He pitched 93 innings in his first year with the Dirtbags, averaging over seven innings per start. He went 6-6 on the year with 80 strikeouts against just 24 walks.

Mathewson’s 1.94 ERA currently ranks 34th in the country but ranks fifth nationally among freshman pitchers. Opponents hit just .187 against Mathewson, which was the lowest mark in the Big West.

He wrote his name into Dirtbags history in just his second collegiate start with a seven inning start in Long Beach State’s first-ever no-hitter. Mathewson was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week three times this year and was honored as the conference’s Freshman Pitcher of the Year.

This is his second Freshman All-America honor after earning the same distinction on the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team.

 

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