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Four Diamond Dons Taken in Major League Baseball's Draft

June 8, 2007

(San Francisco) - Four San Francisco Baseball players were chosen on the second and final day of the 2007 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. With Junior LHP Aaron Poreda being drafted in the first round on Thursday, five Dons were chosen this year. The last time five Dons were drafted in a single season was 2000.

Senior RHP Daniel Morales - 14th Round, Cleveland Indians

Morales had a fine senior season as a two way player. The San Francisco native pitched for the first time in his career, and finished the year 1-1 with 4.24 ERA and a 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio in 16 appearances and one start. He earned the 3-1 win over San Diego State (4/3) with a 1.1 inning scoreless relief appearance. The Peter Peletta Award winner also did well at the plate where he was second on the team in slugging (.515) and third in homeruns (4).

Junior OF Luke Sommer - 30th Round, Chicago Cubs

Sommer led all Dons in numerous offensive categories in 2007 including, homeruns (6) and sacrifice flies (5). He was second in RBI (34) and walks (21). He was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week for March 19 when he batted .417 (5-for-12) with two homeruns, five runs scored and five RBI in helping USF go 4-0. He also smacked his first ever grand slam in a five RBI day versus Nevada (4/17). The Canby, OR native's six homeruns were good enough for a fourth place tie in the WCC.

Junior SS Brian Chavez - 32nd Round, New York Yankees

In his first season as a Don, the Palmdale, CA native batted .324 with 61 hits (16 doubles, triple, homerun), and 28 RBI. His 16 doubles led all Dons batters. He had 18 multi-hit games, a seven game hit streak (3/2-3/16) and ended the season with a six game hit streak (5/6-5/13). His best games came against Cal on 2/13 (4-for-4, two doubles, a run scored and three RBI) and Washington State on 4/2 (2-for-4, triple, homerun, two runs scored and five RBI). Chavez began the season playing third base, but transitioned flawlessly to short after an injury to a teammate.

Senior RHP John Quine - 33rd Round, Oakland A's

Quine had a great season out of the bullpen for USF in 2007, going 4-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 43.2 innings. In 24 appearances, the Kentfield, CA native led Dons with two saves and was second with 51 strikeouts. He struck out a season high seven batters in 4.0 innings at Sacramento State (3/21). Quine's biggest win came over then No. 7 Pepperdine (4/15) when he threw 4.0 scoreless innings in relief, walking one and striking out six. His longest outing was a 5.0 inning victory in relief over Washington State (4/2), where he did not allow a run off three hits, a walk, and added six strikeouts.