July 27, 2010
|West Coast Conference sets new record with 31 selections in 2010 MLB Draft|
Highlighted by seven selections in the first 10 rounds, the West Coast Conference had a record total of 31 student-athletes selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The WCC had 24 players taken in 2009, 21 in 2008 and a then-conference record of 27 in 2007.
The first five WCC players selected were pitchers, as Sammy Solis of San Diego went in the second round to the Washington Nationals, 2010 WCC Pitcher of the Year Kyle Blair was picked in the fourth round by the Cleveland Indians, Cole Cook of Pepperdine was selected in the fifth round by the Indians, Pepperdine's Matt Bywater was taken in the seventh round by the Minnesota Twins and San Diego's Zach Walters was picked up in the ninth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gonzaga's Drew Heid was the first WCC position player taken when he was selected in the ninth round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
In addition to Blair's selection, 2010 WCC Player of the Year James Meador of San Diego went to the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round and 2010 WCC Defensive Player of the Year Rocky Gale of Portland was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 24th round.
The University of San Diego, which won the 2010 WCC title with a 19-2 conference record, had 10 of the 31 selections while Santa Clara and San Francisco were next with four apiece.
|WCC TEAM NOTES|
WCC Record: 8-13
WCC Record: 5-16
WCC Record: 12-9
WCC Record: 14-7
WCC Record: 8-13
WCC Record: 19-2
WCC Record: 10-11
WCC Record: 8-13
|AROUND THE WCC|
2010 Baseball All-Conference Team
Meador, who took home the WCC Player of the Year honor last season, becomes just the second player in conference history to earn the Player of the Year honor multiple times and the first since Santa Clara's Duane Larson also earned back-to-back awards in 1970-71. Meador paced the Toreros' high-powered offense, batting a league-best .488 during conference play, while ranking second in WCC games in hits (40) and RBI (25). The Ramona, CA native enters the NCAA Tournament ranked fifth on USD's all-time doubles list with 56, while his 62 RBI on the season rank him third on the Toreros' single-season RBI chart.
Blair has been magnificent on the mound for the Toreros, posting a league-best 6-1 record in conference play with an impressive 1.98 ERA, which was also tops in the WCC. Blair struck out a conference-best 71 batters in just 54.2 innings, while his strikeout-to-walk ratio (71-11) was also the best in the league. The Monte Sereno, CA native is just the third USD player in conference history to earn the league's top pitching honor, following Brian Matusz, who took home the award in 2008, and Ricky Barrett, who earned the honor in 2002.
Lowenstein becomes the ninth LMU player to be selected WCC Freshman of the Year and the first since Angelo Songco earned the award in 2007. Lowenstein turned in a fantastic first season for the Lions, batting .325 during league play. In conference play, his 13 RBI tied him for third most among freshmen, while he lead all WCC rookies in total bases (39), while tying for second in hits (26) and runs (15).
Gale becomes the first catcher to win the WCC's Defensive Player of the Year honor in the awards three-year existence. The previous two awards went to middle infielders. Gale was absolutely lethal throwing out would-be base stealers, tossing out 19-of-26 (.730) attempted base stealers.
Hill won his fourth WCC Coach of the Year honor and his third in the last four years. Hill, in his 12th season at USD, has led the Toreros to their fourth trip to the NCAA Regionals in the last five seasons.
For the complete 2010 Baseball All-Conference list, click here .
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