June 7, 2007
The WCC capped an outstanding 2007 campaign as 27 conference players were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which concluded on Friday. Seven different league institutions had athletes selected, and the 27 players drafted tops the league-high of 25 that was set last year.
San Francisco's Aaron Poreda was the first WCC player selected, going to the Chicago White Sox with the 25th overall pick. The junior becomes the first Diamond Don to be drafted in the first round in program history, and the highest selection from the WCC since LMU's Billy Traber was drafted No. 16 overall in 2000. A two-time All-WCC selection, Poreda departs the Hilltop as one of the top pitchers in program history, owning a share of third place in career victories (17), ranking sixth in career ERA (2.61), seventh in career strikeouts (169) and games started (33), and eighth in innings pitched (245.0).
Gonzaga's Clayton Mortensen was selected in the compensation round held between the first and second rounds, going to the St. Louis Cardinals with the 36th overall pick. The Rexburg, Idaho native becomes the fourth highest pick in Bulldog history and the highest selection for a Zag since the 1975 draft. Mortensen, the 2007 WCC Pitcher of the Year, also became the third highest pitcher to be drafted out of Gonzaga. He finished the 2007 season leading the Bulldogs with a 9-2 record, 3.92 earned run average and 122 strikeouts.
A pair of Pepperdine players were drafted in the second round, with BarryEnright and Danny Worth becoming the highest selected Waves since All-American pitchers Noah Lowry and Dan Haren were chosen in the first and second rounds, respectively, in 2001. Enright, who ranks second on Pepperdine's all-time wins list and is tied for fourth in WCC annals, was selected 73rd overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Worth was snagged 91st overall by the Detroit Tigers after moving into second place on Pepperdine's all-time doubles list during his career.
LMU infielder Eric Farris was the lone selection from the WCC in the fourth round, landing with the Milwaukee Brewers at No. 130 overall. Farris received All-WCC recognition in each of his three seasons in a Lion uniform, and led the Lions with a .349 average, 46 runs scored, 81 hits, 108 total bases, and 33 stolen bases in 2007.
Pepperdine's Adrian Ortiz was one of three conference players drafted in the fifth round, as the junior was taken with the 156th overall pick by the Kansas City Royals. LMU's Brad Meyers went No. 160 overall to the Washington Nationals, while Pepperdine's Adam Olbrychowski rounded out the first day selections from the WCC after being drafted 184th overall by the New York Yankees.
Pepperdine led all WCC programs with nine players selected in the MLB Draft, tying a program record that was set in 2001. San Francisco had five standouts drafted, while four players from Portland were selected.
Below is a complete list of the WCC players selected in the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
|WCC Players Selected In The 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft|
|NAME||SCHOOL||YEAR||MLB TEAM||ROUND||OVERALL PICK|
|Aaron Poreda||University of San Francisco||Junior||Chicago White Sox||1st||No. 25|
|Clayton Mortensen||Gonzaga University||Senior||St. Louis Cardinals||Comp. A||No. 36|
|Barry Enright||Pepperdine University||Junior||Arizona Diamondbacks||2nd||No. 73|
|Danny Worth||Pepperdine University||Junior||Detroit Tigers||2nd||No. 91|
|Eric Farris||Loyola Marymount University||Junior||Milwaukee Brewers||4th||No. 129|
|Adrian Ortiz||Pepperdine University||Junior||Kansas City Royals||5th||No. 156|
|Brad Meyers||Loyola Marymount University||Junior||Washington Nationals||5th||No. 160|
|Adam Olbrychowski||Pepperdine University||Junior||New York Yankees||5th||No. 184|
|Chris Siegfried||University of Portland||Junior||Chicago Cubs||11th||No. 337|
|Shane Buschini||University of San Diego||Senior||San Diego Padres||11th||No. 357|
|Darin Holcomb||Gonzaga University||Junior||Colorado Rockies||12th||No. 372|
|Jordan Abruzzo||University of San Diego||Senior||New York Mets||13th||No. 423|
|Daniel Morales||University of San Francisco||Senior||Cleveland Indians||14th||No. 437|
|Given Kutz||University of Portland||Junior||Los Angeles Dodgers||18th||No. 566|
|Sean Gleason||Saint Mary's College||Junior||Baltimore Orioles||20th||No. 609|
|Justin Snyder||University of San Diego||Junior||New York Yankees||21st||No. 664|
|DeAndre Miller||Loyola Marymount University||Senior||Los Angeles Angels||24th||No. 748|
|Luke Sommer||University of San Francisco||Junior||Chicago Cubs||30th||No. 907|
|Jason Dominguez||Pepperdine University||Junior||Houston Astros||31st||No. 951|
|Dylan Gonzalez||Pepperdine University||Junior||St. Louis Cardinals||31st||No. 952|
|Brian Chavez||University of San Francisco||Junior||New York Yankees||32nd||No. 992|
|John Quine||University of San Francisco||Senior||Oakland Athletics||33rd||No. 1017|
|Josh Roberts||University of Portland||Senior||Florida Marlins||35th||No. 1062|
|Robert Della Grotta||Pepperdine University||Senior||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||37th||No. 1108|
|Donald Brown||Pepperdine University||Junior||Seattle Mariners||37th||No. 1118|
|Ari Ronick||University of Portland||Junior||Cincinnati Reds||38th||No. 1150|
|Eric Thames||Pepperdine University||Junior||New York Yankees||39th||No. 1191|