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WCC Represented Early, Often in 2016 MLB Draft

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COMPLETE 2016 MLB DRAFT TRACKER 

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – No fewer than 30 West Coast Conference baseball student-athletes, representing all 10 league programs, heard their names called during the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. Ten WCC standouts were selected in the top-10 rounds with four chosen in the first five rounds. 

WCC Draft Bullets

  • 10 WCC student-athletes were chosen in the first 10 rounds, including four in the top five rounds
  • Since the 2015 MLB Draft, 21 WCC student-athletes have been selected, including six in the top-five rounds
  • Two WCC righthanders were selected in the second round. Santa Clara’s Mitchell White was tabbed by the LA Dodgers with the 65th overall pick, two spots in before 2016 WCC Pitcher of the Year, Pepperdine’s A.J. Puckett, went to the Kansas City Royals.
  • WCC student-athletes were drafted by 19 different Major League parent clubs
  • San Diego’s Bryson Brigman, the 2015 WCC Newcomer of the Year, was the first position player selected in the third round (87) by the Seattle Mariners  
  • Three WCC student-athletes were selected by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, while two were picked by the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets and the Tampa Bay Rays
  • WCC Draftees by League: American (14); National (16) 
  • WCC Draftees by Position: Catchers (6), Infielders (6), Outfielders (4), Pitchers (14) 
  • Gonzaga led all WCC programs with six drafted, followed by Saint Mary’s (4), San Diego (4), Pacific (3), Pepperdine (3) and Santa Clara (3). BYU, BYU and Portland each had two drafted student-athletes, while San Francisco had one.
  • Seven WCC programs produced a top-10 draft pick, led by three from Saint Mary’s. Gonzaga had two student-athletes chosen, while Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Diego and Santa Clara all had one. 

2016 WCC Major League Baseball Draft Selections

Name, College

Yr.

Pos.

Team

Round/Pick

Vince Arobio, PAC

Jr.

RHP

Boston Red Sox

27/808

Brad Anderson, PEP

Sr.

IF

Anaheim Angels

40/1206

Brandon Bailey, GON

Jr.

RHP

Oakland Athletics

6/172

Stevie Berman, SCU

Jr.

C

Los Angeles Dodgers

31/941

Bryson Brigman, USD

So.

SS

Seattle Mariners

3/87

Cassidy Brown, LMU

Jr.

C

Cincinnati Reds

12/348

Gio Brusa, PAC

Sr.

OF

San Francisco Giants

6/185

Corbin Burnes, SMC

Jr.

RHP

Milwaukee Brewers

4/111

J.D. Busfield, LMU

Jr.

RHP

Tampa Bay Rays

7/210

Gage Burland, GON

So.

RHP

New York Yankees

26/788

Gary Cornish, USD

Sr.

RHP

New York Mets

19/580

Anthony Gonsolin, SMC

Sr.

RHP

Los Angeles Dodgers

9/281

Joey Harris, GON

Sr.

C

Washington Nationals

9/274

Cooper Hummel, POR

Jr.

C

Milwaukee Brewers

18/531

Manny Jefferson, PEP

Jr.

IF

Arizona Diamondbacks

13/389

Taylor Jones, GON

Sr.

IF

Houston Astros

19/577

Taylor Kaczmarek, USD

Sr.

RHP

Kansas City Royals

40/1213

Ryan Kriby, USD

Jr.

IF

San Francisco Giants

12/365

Maxwell Kuhns, SCU

Jr.

RHP

New York Mets

21/640

Brennon Lund, BYU

Jr.

OF

Anaheim Angels

11/366

Ryan Matranga, USF

Sr.

C

San Francisco Giants

36/1085

Danny Mayer, PAC

Jr.

OF

Minnesota Twins

37/1113

Wyatt Mills, GON

Jr.

RHP

Tampa Bay Rays

17/510

Nathan Nolan, SMC

Jr.

C

Chicago White Sox

8/236

A.J. Puckett, PEP

Jr.

RHP

Kansas City Royals

2/67

Michael Rucker, BYU

Sr.

RHP

Chicago Cubs

11/344

Anthony Villa, SMC

Sr.

IF

Chicago White Sox

19/566

Hunter Wells, GON

Jr.

RHP

Miami Marlins

23/683

Caleb Whalen, POR

Sr.

OF

Milwaukee Brewers

38/1131

Mitchell White, SCU

Jr.

RHP

Los Angeles Dodgers

2/65