A bevy of Bay Area college baseball players were selected during the second day of the baseball draft. Cal led the way with six players going Tuesday, while USF had two picked. Stanford had two players taken Tuesday, bringing its total for the draft to three.
Stanford standout closer Chris Reed was the first Bay Area college player chosen Monday, when he was selected 16th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reed, a Southern California native, is 6-2 with a 2.54 ERA this season and is the 14th first-rounder for the Cardinal since 1997.
Fellow Stanford left-handed pitcher Scott Snodgress was taken in the fifth round with the 171st overall pick by the Chicago White Sox. Snodgress has primarily been a relief pitcher for the Cardinal and is 2-2 with a 4.65 ERA this season.
“I couldn’t be more happy for [them],” said Stanford pitcher Jordan Pries, who heard his name called in the 30th round by the Seattle Mariners. “They’ve worked hard all year and it’s paid off for them.”
Pries has allowed only one run over his last 22¹?³ innings and is a big reason the Cardinal is still alive in the postseason, set to face North Carolina in the super regionals this weekend.
“Just to be in that position to have your name called is amazing in itself,” Pries said. “Growing up, you dream of playing professional baseball and just to hear your name called, associated with some sort of a major league team [is] a good feeling.”
Across the Bay, Cal players were flying off the board, most of them landing in Chicago.
The White Sox took pitcher Erik Johnson in the second round, shortstop Marcus Semien in the sixth and catcher Chad Krist in the 13th.
Other Bears drafted were Dixon Anderson (ninth round, Washington Nationals), Kevin Miller (18th round, Houston Astros) and Matt Flemer (19th round, Kansas City Royals).
From the Hilltop, a pair of USF players were taken Tuesday. Outfielder Pete Lavin went in the 20th round to the Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher Jordan Remer was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round.
Menlo College’s Chris Mazza was drafted in the 27th round by the Minnesota Twins.
Staff writer Dylan Kruse contributed to this report.