There were no Inland Valley baseball players drafted on Day 1 of the MLB first-year player draft.
But Day 2 saw three: Los Osos LHP Chris Kohler (third round supplemental, No. 106), Oakland A’s; Upland HS/Pepperdine RHP Scott Frazier (6th round, 168), Chicago Cubs; Diamond Bar HS/Riverside City College Kenny Mathews (7th round, 201), Cleveland Indians.
For Kohler, he was drafted by an organization he said he knew was very interested. He also had someone to talk to about that organization.
“I talked Daniel Robertson (from Upland High), who was drafted by the A’s in the supplemental first round last year. He told me all about the organization and how they do things. I’ve been playing with him with the ABD Bulldogs for a long time.”
Robertson is currently playing for Oakland’s low Single-A Beloit affiliate, and is hitting .269 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 33 games.
Kohler said he has been offered the slot money by Oakland, which is a bonus of $486,600 and he intends to sign. It could happen as soon as Sunday.
“I’ve always dreamed of getting a car. After that save the rest,” he said. “I’m hoping a Lexus IS 250.”