June 8, 2013
MLB draft: Blue Jays take Tellez; 4 former Jesuit stars tabbed

Thirteen area players, including Elk Grove standout Rowdy Tellez, were selected on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball player draft.

Players were selected in Rounds 11 through 40.

Tellez, The Bee Player of the Years and considered the third best first baseman by Baseball America entering the draft, was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 30th round, the 895th pick overall.

The first area player selected was former Valley Christian of Roseville standout Ryan Cordell, a center fielder now at Liberty University. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Cordell was taken by the Texas Rangers in the 11th round. He was the No. 340 selection.

Three former Jesuit standouts were taken in the 12th round - Oregon State first baseman Dan Hayes (No. 393) by the Chicago White Sox; Menlo College outfielder Jimmy Bosco (No. 395) by the St. Louis Cardinals; and Sacramento State outfielder Justin Higley (No. 401) by the Oakland A's. Another former Marauder, pitcher Dan Child of Oregon State, was selected in the 18th round (No. 541) by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Former Oakmont star Tyler Kuresea, a first baseman at UC Santa Barbara, was taken in the 14th round (No. 433) by the A's.

Elk Grove's Jake Rodriguez, a catcher at Oregon State, went in the 19th round (No. 557) to the Houston Astros.

Yuba City pitcher Chandler Eden, a Baseball America Preseason Top 100 selectee, was taken in the 36th round (No. 1072) by the Miami Marlins. But Eden made it clear before the draft that he wasn't ready for pro ball and planned to attend Oregon State, where he has signed a scholarship offer.

Others that were selected today:

• Miami senior Eric Nedeljkovic, a former Folsom and Sierra College pitcher, was taken in the 21st round (No. 619) by the Rockies.

• Capital Christian shortstop Mauricio Dubon was taken in the 26th round (No. 773) by the Boston Red Sox.

• Jordan Mills, a former Oak Ridge pitcher now at St. Mary's College, was taken in the 28th round (No. 827) by the Astros.

• Jeff McKenzie, a former Oak Ridge pitcher now at Cal State Bakersfield, was taken in the 28th round (No. 843) by the White Sox.

• Former Placer catcher Joel Thys, now at Arizona Christian, was taken in the 31st round (No. 930) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

• Yuba City catcher Cooper Goldby was taken in the 36th round (No. 1091) by the A's.

Two area college players also were drafted: Sierra College pitcher Andrew Cooper was taken in the 12th round (No. 376) by the Washington Nationals and Sacramento State infielder Andrew Ayers was taken in the 30th round (No. 894) by the Kansas City Royals.

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