Jun 06, 2018
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — One more Cal Poly baseball player was selected during the final 30 rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.
Junior middle infielder Kyle Marinconz was chosen by the Washington Nationals in the 24th round.
Marinconz (5-10, 180, San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian HS) hit .305 with 14 doubles and 31 RBI this season. The 2018 All-Big West second-team honoree, 2017 first-team All-Big West selection and 2016 honorable mention was among the conference leaders in walks and fielding assists this year.
One of two Mustangs to start all 57 games this season, Marinconz started 46 games at shortstop, six as designated hitter and five at second base. He has started every game since becoming a Mustang, a streak that has reached 169 consecutive starts. The school record is 183 straight starts set by Jimmy Allen from 2011-14.
On Tuesday, junior center fielder Alex McKenna became the 29th Mustang to be drafted in the top 10 rounds since Larry Lee became head coach 16 years ago and, one hour later, junior catcher Nick Meyer was the 30th to make the list.
McKenna was the 132nd player selected, chosen by the defending World Series champion Houston Astros late in the fourth round. Meyer was picked by the New York Mets in the sixth round (170th overall selection).
That gave Cal Poly at least a pair of draft picks in the first seven rounds for the second consecutive year and for the fourth time in the last five years.
Last year, right-handed pitcher Spencer Howard was a second-round choice (45th overall) of the Philadelphia Phillies and Erich Uelmen, also a right-handed pitcher, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the fourth round.
Mark Mathias (third round) and Brian Mundell (seventh round) were selected in 2015 while Matt Imhof (second round), Nick Torres (fourth round) and Zack Zehner (seventh round) were drafted in 2014.
Cal Poly has had at least one player drafted in the top 10 rounds each of the last eight seasons.
A total of 66 Mustangs coached by Lee have signed professional contracts, including 64 in the last 13 years.
Cal Poly's highest-ever draft pick was catcher John Orton, selected by the then-California Angels as the 25th overall pick in 1987. Two other former Mustangs were first-round compensatory picks — outfielder Mitch Haniger as the 38th overall selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012 and southpaw Garrett Olson, the 48th overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 2005.
The MLB Draft began Monday with the first two rounds inside the studios of MLB Network in Secaucus, N.J. Rounds 3-10 were held Tuesday with the final 30 rounds completed on Wednesday.