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Twenty-Seven WCC Players Selected In MLB Draft

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
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