Lo­cal pitch­ers taken high in draft

Tate, Al­lard, Ka­prielian and Bick­ford are among the early se­lec­tions.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Mike His­er­man mike.his­er­man@la­times.com

The South­land con­trib­uted some pitch­ing to the first cou­ple of rounds in the Ma­jor League Base­ball draft on Mon­day.

Dil­lon Tate, a power-pitch­ing right-han­der from UC Santa Bar­bara and Clare­mont High, was cho­sen by the Texas Rangers fourth over­all — mak­ing him the first player drafted other than a short­stop.

The first three picks were short­stops Dansby Swan­son of Van­der­bilt, to Ari­zona; Alex Breg­man of Louisiana State, to Hous­ton; and Bren­dan Rodgers of Lake Mary High in Florida, to Colorado.

Kolby Al­lard, a left-han­der from San Cle­mente High, was taken No. 14 over­all by At­lanta. He was fol­lowed by right-han­der James Ka­prielian of UCLA, to the New York Yan­kees at No. 16; and Phil Bick­ford, a right-han­der who pitched for West­lake Vil­lage Oaks Chris­tian High, Cal State Fuller­ton and, this past sea­son, for Col­lege of South­ern Ne­vada, for which he had 166 strike­outs in 862⁄ innings.

3 Bick­ford, who did not sign af­ter be­ing taken with the 10th over­all pick by Toronto two years ago, was taken by San Fran­cisco with the 18th se­lec­tion.

Peter Lam­bert, a righthander out of San Di­mas High, went No. 44 over­all, to the Colorado Rock­ies; Thomas Eshel­man, a right-han­der from Cal State Fuller­ton, No. 46 to Hous­ton; and Cody Ponce, a right-han­der from Cal Poly Pomona, No. 55 to Mil­wau­kee.

Eshel­man was se­lected right about the same time he was nail­ing down the save — on one day’s rest af­ter a 100pitch start on Satur­day — as Fuller­ton ad­vanced to the Col­lege World Se­ries with a 4-3 NCAA su­per re­gional victory over Louisville in 11 innings. Lu­cas Her­bert, Al­lard’s bat­tery­mate at San Cle­mente, may re­main his bat­tery­mate with At­lanta. The Braves chose Her­bert No. 54 over­all.

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