3 Vaqs taken in First-Year MLB Draft
By Dave Loveton, sports information
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Ruiz goes in 16th round, Edgington and McCaffrey in 34th
A pair of stars from the 2010 SBCC squad have been selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, along with a standout left-hander from the 2012 WSC North championship Vaquero team.
Abe Ruiz, a first baseman/designated hitter for Arizona State, was the 501st pick by the Chicago White Sox. He was taken in the 16th round.
Ruiz tied for the Pac-12 lead in homers with 13 and was second in slugging percentage at .595. His 53 RBIs ranked fourth in the conference. He was an honorable mention Pac-12 selection for the Sun Devils, who went 36-20 and tied for third in the Pac-12 with an 18-12 mark.
At SBCC, Ruiz hit .343 in 2010 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs.
Zak Edgington was selected in the 34th round (1,048th pick) by the San Francisco Giants. The left-hander played the last two years for UCSB and became the Sunday starter this season. He posted a 3.35 ERA for the Gauchos (28-28).
Edgington was the WSC North Pitcher of the Year for the Vaqueros in 2010, going 6-3 with a 2.92 ERA. He had 101 strikeouts in 80 innings and set a school-record by fanning 21 in a 4-2 win over Ventura on April 22.
Rich McCaffrey, an All-WSC honorable mention pitcher for SBCC this year, was chosen in the 34th round (1,042nd pick) by the Cincinnati Reds. He was 5-4 with a 4.13 ERA, one save and 76 strikeouts. He signed with the Reds on June 11 and will play rookie ball in Phoenix.
McCaffrey finished the season strong, getting the win at Oxnard that clinched the WSC title and pitching 8.1 innings of scoreless relief in a dramatic 6-5 playoff win in 16 innings over Canyons.