WCC Represented Early, Often in 2017 MLB Draft


SAN BRUNO, Calif. - 30 West Coast Conference baseball student-athletes, representing 9 league programs, heard their names called during the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft. Eight WCC standouts were selected in the top-10 rounds with five chosen in the first five rounds. 

WCC Draft Bullets

  • 8 WCC student-athletes were chosen in the first 10 rounds, including five in the top five rounds
  • Loyola Marymount's Cory Abbott, 2017 WCC Pitcher of the Year, was the highest WCC draft pick going 67th overall to the Chicago Cubs.
  • Two WCC student-athletes were selected in the third round. Gonzaga's Wyatt Mills was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the 83rd overall pick, seventeen spots before 2017 WCC Player of the Year, San Diego's Riley Adams, who went to the Toronto Blue Jays
  • WCC student-athletes were drafted by 20 different Major League parent clubs
  • Gonzaga's Jeff Bohling, the 2016 WCC Player of the Year, was drafted in the 17th round going 506th overall
  • Three WCC student-athletes were selected by the Chicago Cubs, while two were picked by the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays
  • WCC Draftees by League: American (15); National (15) 
  • WCC Draftees by Position: Catchers (5), Infielders (7), Outfielders (3), Pitchers (15) 
  • San Diego led all WCC programs with seven drafted, followed by Pepperdine (5), Gonzaga (4), Loyola Marymount (3) and San Francisco (3). BYU, Portland, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara each had two drafted student-athletes. 
  • Six WCC programs produced a top-10 round draft pick. Gonzaga, Pepperdine and Saint Mary's had two student-athletes chosen, while Loyola Marymount and San Diego each had one. 



Name School Year Position MLB Team Round/Pick
Cory Abbott LMU Jr. RHP Chicago Cubs 2/067
Riley Adams San Diego Jr. C Toronto Blue Jays 3/099
Vince Arobio Pacific Sr. RHP Chicago White Sox 24/717
Austin Bernard Pepperdine Jr. C Colorado Rockies 10/296
Sean Berry San Diego Sr. RHP Chicago Cubs 21/645
Jeff Bohling Gonzaga Sr. INF Colorado Rockies 17/506
Michael Bono Santa Clara Jr. RHP Cincinnati Reds 32/947
Maverik Buffo BYU Jr. RHP Toronto Blue Jays 34/1029
Phil Caulfield LMU Sr. INF Washington Nationals 32/973
Troy Conyers San Diego Sr. LHP Atlanta Braves 23/680
Tyler Frost Gonzaga Jr. OF Chicago White Sox 15/447
Max Gamboa Pepperdine Jr. RHP Los Angeles Dodgers 18/550
Roman Garcia San Diego Sr. 1B Houston Astros 19/571
Nico Giarrantano San Francisco Sr. SS San Francisco Giants 24/726
Max Green Pepperdine Jr. LHP Detroit Tigers 8/245
Simon Harrison LMU Sr. RHP San Diego Padres 24/708
Zach Kirtley Saint Mary's Jr. 2B Saint Louis Cardinals 4/109
Danny Mayer Pacific Sr. OF Philadelphia Phillies 31/923
Hunter Mercado-Hood San Diego Sr. OF Los Angeles Dodgers 31/940
Wyatt Mills Gonzaga Sr. RHP Seattle Mariners 3/083
Dominic Miroglio San Francisco Sr. C Arizona Diamondbacks 20/592
Eli Morgan Gonzaga Jr. RHP Cleveland Indians 8/252
Benjamin Rodrgiuez Pepperdine Sr. C Minnesota Twins 38/1126
Colton Shaver BYU Jr. INF Houston Astros 39/1171
Allen Smoot San Francisco Sr. INF Tampa Bay Rays 40/1189
Jake Steffens Santa Clara Sr. RHP Chicago Cubs 29/885
Drew Stroman Saint Mary's Jr. RHP Tampa Bay Rays 5/154
Jonathan Teaney San Diego Jr. RHP Cleveland Indians 20/612
Colton Waltner San Diego Jr. C Minnesota Twins 21/616
Ryan Wilson Pepperdine Sr. LHP Baltimore Orioles 33/998


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