June 7, 2013
Rockies take Elk Grove's Dom Nunez in the sixth round

The Colorado Rockies have selected Elk Grove High's Dom Nunez in the sixth round of today's Major League Baseball draft.

Nunez is the first area high school player and second overall to be selected.

Former Granite Bay catcher Andrew Knapp, now at Cal, was taken in the second round (53rd overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The Rockies selected the multi-talented Nunez, the 169th pick in the draft, as a third baseman. The position is slotted for a signing bonus of $265,000.

He was the seventh player selected by Colorado and the second third baseman chosen. The Rockies took Mater Dei of Santa Ana's Ryan McMahon with the 42nd pick.

Nunez, who played shortstop for the USA junior national team in 2011 and 2012, was a catcher for Elk Grove this season, making him one one of the draft's most intriguing prospects.

The 6-foot Nunez, who has signed a letter of intent with UCLA, was projected as the No. 89 pick and a catcher in MLB.com's pre-draft top 100.

The Bee All-Metro first team catcher this season batted .390 and drove in 37 runs for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions.



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