05 Jun Rugely picked by St. Louis in draft’s final round
By MIKE MONTFORT —
The St. Louis Cardinals selected Navarro College shortstop Cash Rugely in the 40th and final round with pick No. 1205 overall Wednesday as the three-day MLB Draft came to a conclusion.
Two former Bulldogs also were drafted on the final day.
Three picks later after Rugely at No. 1208, the Tampa Bay Rays selected Abilene Christian University senior catcher Luis Trevino, a Buster Posey Award nominee who was the Southland Conference Player of the Year.
Earlier, in the 31st round at No. 920 overall, the Chicago White Sox selected Texas State University senior righthanded pitcher Connor Reich, a former Bulldog who had a three-year record of 17-10, including 8-2 during his All-Sun Belt first-team senior season.
Players from other JUCO World Series qualifying teams were picked often Wednesday. Here is a list of those players, many who played against Navarro last week in Grand Junction:
Round – Player, School (Drafting Team)
4 — Ivan Johnson, Chipola 2B (Cincinnati Reds)
9 — Cody Milligan, Cowley C (Atlanta Braves)
14 — Lucas Knowles, Central Arizona LHP (Washington Nationals)
15 — Alex Haynes, Walters State RHP (Colorado Rockies)
16 — Andrew Baker, Chipola RHP (Los Angeles Dodgers)
16 — Dakota Donovan, Central Arizona RHP (Los Angeles Angels)
19 — Joshua Rivera, Chipola SS (Chicago White Sox)
21 — Jonathan Stroman, Central Arizona, RHP (Arizona Diamondbacks)
24 — Joab Gonzalez, NMJC SS (Cleveland Indians)
26 — Corey Stone, Walters State LHP (Texas Rangers)
31 — Brannon Jordan, Cowley RHP (Tampa Bay Rays)
33 — Julio Carrion, Chipola 3B (Los Angeles Dodgers)
33 — Ernny Ordonez, Central Arizona 1B (Pittsburgh Pirates)
33 — Bryan Martinez, Connors State LHP (Houston Astros)
40 — Logan Steenstra, Cowley SS (Minnesota Twins)
From Region XIV, South Zone top seed Alvin saw three Dolphins drafted. Outfielder Javeon Cody (15th round) was taken by the Miami Marlins, and shortstop Odrick Pitre (35th round) was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers. ACC lefthander Gerrit van Zijll was selected in the 22nd round by the New York Yankees.
Also, with Alvin connections from 2018 is Lamar University shortstop J.C. Correa. The younger brother of Carlos Correa was selected in the 38th round Wednesday by the Houston Astros.