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Pepperdine Has Five Players Taken During Day 2 of Major League Baseball Draft

June 8, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine had five players selected during the second day of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday that brought the total number of Waves selected to nine and tied the school record for most players taken in one draft.

Junior pitchers Jason Dominguez (Houston), Dylan Gonzalez (St. Louis) and Robert Della Grotta (Tampa Bay), junior right fielder Donald Brown (Seattle) and sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames (New York Yankees) were all selected on Friday. They join Barry Enright (Arizona), Danny Worth (Detroit), Adrian Ortiz (Kansas City) and Adam Olbrychowski (New York Yankees) who were drafted on Thursday.

The nine players taken in this year's draft equal the total taken in the 2001 draft.

The following are capsules on each player taken Friday:

Jason Dominguez (Houston Astros; 31st round; 951st overall): In three seasons at Pepperdine, Dominguez compiled a 9-9 record, 4.64 ERA and 14 saves while appearing in 65 games and starting eight. He ranks fifth on the Waves' all-time saves list with 14 and is tied for 17th with 65 appearances. As a junior, Dominguez appeared in a career-high 29 games and registered a 2-3 record, 3.46 ERA and 12 saves. He went 2-2 with a 2.19 ERA while making 28 relief appearances and receiving honorable mention All-West Coast Conference (WCC) recognition. Dominguez' saves total led the WCC and tie for 17th nationally. During his sophomore campaign, Dominguez posted a 6-1 record, 3.52 ERA and two saves while appearing in 24 games, starting four and working a career-high 53.2 innings. Dominguez also saw action in the field during his Pepperdine career, playing in 28 games and batting .137 in 51 at-bats.

Dylan Gonzalez (St. Louis Cardinals; 31st round; 952nd overall): During his three years at Pepperdine, Gonzalez saw limited action on the mound, appearing in just four games and working 5.2 innings. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four. In 2007, Gonzalez made three relief appearances, totaled 4.2 innings, surrendered one hit, walked one and struck out two. After transferring to Pepperdine from Broward Community College in Florida, Gonzalez appeared in one game during the 2005 season and allowed three hits and struck out two in one inning. He redshirted during the 2006 campaign.

Robert Della Grotta (Tampa Bay Devil Rays; 37th round; 1,108 overall): During four years at Pepperdine, Della Grotta went 4-10 with a 5.62 ERA while making 35 appearances and starting 19 games. He totaled 105.2 innings, allowed 114 hits, 70 runs (66 earned), walked 63 and struck out 77. Della Grotta made nine appearances, including three starts, and went 0-0 with a 6.48 ERA in 2007. He posted a winning season as a sophomore in 2005, registering a 3-2 record and 5.02 ERA. Della Grotta established career-highs with 12 appearances and 43.0 innings pitched. He made a career-high nine starts in 2004 and struck out a career-high 35 batters in 39.2 innings.

Donald Brown (Seattle Mariners; 37th round; 1,118 overall): Brown is a three-year starter at Pepperdine and is a career .300 hitter. He has totaled 39 doubles, seven home runs and 91 RBI while appearing in 171 games and starting 149. He ranks 12th on the program's all-time walks list with 108. Brown turned in a career-year as a junior, batting .328 with 13 doubles, three home runs, 25 RBI and was selected All-West Coast Conference (WCC). He led the Waves with a .377 average during WCC play. Brown batted .294 with two home runs and 30 RBI as a freshman and received honorable mention All-WCC recognition.

Eric Thames was taken by the New York Yankees in the 39th round.


Eric Thames (New York Yankees; 40th round; 1,191 overall): Thames joined Pepperdine from West Valley Junior College in San Jose and became the Waves' designated hitter in 2007. As a sophomore, Thames batted .320 with nine doubles, five triples and a team-high 44 RBI. He totaled 19 multiple-hit games and led the club with 11 multiple-RBI contests.

DRAFT NOTES: In addition to having nine players selected off its roster, Pepperdine also had a total four incoming recruits drafted. Travis d'Arnaud, the brother of current Waves third baseman Chase d'Arnaud was taken in the compensation round (37th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies. Other players drafted were right handed pitcher Cole Cook (Palisades, California), by Seattle in the 36th round, left-hander Scott Alexander (Windsor, California) by Cincinnati in the 37th round and shortstop Torrey Jacoby (Scottsdale, Arizona) by Arizona in the 40th round. Pepperdine had nine of 11 draft-eligible players take in this year's draft.