Arizona right fielder Steve Selsky was drafted in the 34th round (pick 1,040 overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. That could be great news for the 2011 Wildcats.
The scouts think there were literally one thousand players better than Selsky this year. Logic says he will come back for his junior year, try to improve on this year’s impressive numbers and shoot up the draft boards. When dollar bills show up, however, logic often shuts up.
If Selsky does return the Cats could plug in Bryce Ortega for Rafael Valenzuela at second base and feature a returning letterman at every position. Not a bad place to be.
|Player||Position||State||Round||Pick||Team||Jesus Valdez||RHP||CA||5||174||Angels||D.J. (Douglas) Peterson||INF||AZ||33||1,002||Mariners||Konner Wade||RHP||AZ||35||1,051||Diamondbacks||T.C. (Taylor) Mark||C||AZ||35||1,059||Brewers||Ryan (Derek) Casillas||C||AZ||40||1,201||Diamondbacks|
The obvious guy to watch is 5th rounder Jesus Valdez. He is the kind of instant impact pitcher the Cats need, and exactly the kind of player Andy Lopez has seen take the money and run over and over again in recent years.
But that doesn’t mean you should give up on the other incoming players. Kurt Heyer wasn’t even drafted last year.
Drafted players have until Aug. 15 to decide if they want to play college ball or take those dollar bills.