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Of the 16 locals who were selected in the 2012 draft, three high school players didn't reach agreement with their teams. Each will play at local colleges:

Josh Pigg, (Franklin High) taken in the 28th Round by Cleveland as a pitcher, now plans to play at JC state champion Cosumnes River. With his versatility, Coach Tony Bloomfield could use Pigg's bat when he's not on the mound. Pigg delivered some impressive performances in the 2012 high school playoffs for Coach Kilby's Franklin team.

Justin Dillon, (El Dorado High) right handed pitcher, was taken in the 39th Round by the Rockies. He will play for Sac State in 2013. On the mound last year for the Cougars Dillon compiled a 9-1 mark with a 0.94 ERA in 74 innings. He also posted four saves. His K/BB ratio was very impressive with 126 strikeouts and 14 walks. He also batted .516 and slugged at a .958 average. Coach Christiansen may want to use him both ways as well.

Dalton Blaser,(Roseville High), also taken in the 39th Round, failed to reach agrreement with the Oakland Athletics. Blaser plans to join older brother Nick next year at Sierra. Blaser was an All-Capitol selection in 2011 and 2012, where he compiled monster hitting and slugging stats.

Second-Rounder Agosta Signs With Giants

Story by Rick Cabral 07/12/12

Martin Agosta, a second round draft pick out of St. Mary’s College, has signed with the San Francisco Giants, has learned. Agosta prepped at Jesuit High.


“It’s awesome,” Agosta said of going pro. “It’s been a fun experience and an honor to have this opportunity,” he said from Scottsdale.


Represented by Legacy Sports, the Giants paid Agosta a bonus of $612,500, which was $20,200 above slot as established by the Commissioner’s office.


Photo by Tod Fierner courtesy of
St. Mary's College Athletics

Agosta’s nine wins for the Gaels led the West Coast Conference and were the most at SMC since 1991 (tied for 7th all-time). His 2.18 ERA in 2012 was third lowest in a single season, while 95 strikeouts were fourth most at St. Mary’s. He compiled 19 career victories over three years, tying him for third all-time at SMC. During that time he posted 223 career strikeouts and a career 3.25 ERA.


"The Giants signed a fantastic pitcher today in Agosta," said Saint Mary's head coach Jedd Soto. "He should move quickly in their organization. He has great command of five pitches and will be an impact guy for the Giants for years to come."


At Jesuit, Agosta pitched on Jesuit’s 2009 Section Division 1 title team, going 5-1 with one save and a 3.42 ERA. He posted 57 strikeouts and 20 walks in his senior year. His personal pitching coach Phil Swimley (former UC Davis Aggies head coach) taught Agosta mechanics similar to Giants’ starter, Tim Lincecum.


Also on that Marauders team was Oregon State catcher Andrew Susac, who last year the Giants took in the second round and eventually was paid a $1.1 signing bonus. The disparity in bonuses between the two second-round picks is a reflection of the new bonus structure Major League Baseball negotiated in the new collective bargaining agreement. Susac this spring was assigned to High-A San Jose Giants in the California League.


Agosta has reported to the Giants’ training camp in Scottsdale where he will work out for the rest of the summer, he has learned.


“We had an indication that he would be taken in the second round, but to be taken by the Giants was extra special,” Martin’s father Gary, a lifelong Giants fan, reported today.


Agosta's batterymate at St. Mary's Toby DeMello, drafted in the 29th Round, has signed with the Seattle Mariners and and is now playing for the Clinton LumberKings of the Class-A Midwest League. In his first 20 at-bats, DeMello--the son of Roseville High head coach Hank DeMello--is batting .350.

Phillies Go Green With 3rd Pick


Story and Pics by Rick Cabral 06/19/2012

Update 6/21/12: Phillies scout Joey Davis confirms Green is now officially signed.


Zach Green (Jesuit) has finalized his professional contract and will join the Philadelphia Phillies organization tomorrow in Clearwater, Florida, where he will undergo a physical exam before his contract becomes official, has learned. The Green family announced the news at an “unofficial official” signing at their Rocklin home tonight.


His parents are Jesse and Kym Green.


“It means a lot, obviously. This is something I’ve been working so hard for, since I could remember," Green said tonight.


Zach Green is all smiles after finalizing his new contract with Phillies Scout Joey Davis.

Taken with the 125th pick in the third round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the Phillies gave Green $420,000 a significant amount above the $374,400 slot established by the Commissioner’s office.*


The Phillies Sacramento area scout Joey Davis is high on Green's potential. “We love (Zach’s) size. He’s got future-plus power and at least an average arm,” Davis said. “He’s a great kid, that’s the most important thing. Very rarely do you get a kid with tools and being a great kid as well. He comes from a great family.”


Green was selected twice to the All-Capitol Team by


Over his three-year varsity career at Jesuit, Green hit .408 with 23 doubles, four triples 11 home runs and 80 runs batted in, totaling a .664 slugging percentage.


In addition to his experience at Jesuit (69-25) under Coach Joe Potulny, Green established himself as one of the elite players of the last 10 years to emerge from the greater Sacramento area. He performed at the Perfect Game Nationals Showcase, USA Tournament of Stars, the East Cobb WWBA Tournaments (various age groups), the Area Codes Games (twice), plus the USA 16U Championship team in 2010.


In signing with the Phillies, Green turned down a scholarship to Oregon State, which extended its offer before Zach had played one inning of varsity high school ball.


* "Plus, well over six figures for college," adds Davis in a recent text.


Q&A With Zach Green
3rd Round Draft Pick, Philadelphia Phillies

What does it mean to sign a pro contract and at such a high draft level?

ZG: It means a lot, obviously. This is something I’ve been working so hard for, since I could remember. Once baseball really got serious it was always a dream in my head. I wanted to start my career at the highest level, if I do everything right, if I work hard enough, it should be a possibility. I’ve always had that mindset in my head. It’s kind of satisfying, but even a little more motivating to know I getto start my (pro) career.


And this is just the start, just like walking onto Jesuit that first year and wondering what it’s going to be like (in high school). You obviously had this in mind at a fairly early age, I imagine. Do you remember when it was?

Zach Green of Jesuit High hit a home run on this pitch in the 2011 North Section playoffs, one of his high school career highlights.


ZG: I think it was when I was around 11 is when I got serious and started hitting every night. This guy named Paul Robles had a place out in Loomis that I would go to (practice hitting).


Looking back at Jesuit baseball, is there a moment that stands out for you?

ZG: I would have to go with Game Two of the Section Championship (against St. Mary’s of Stockton) when we ended the game on a triple play. That was like an unbelievable moment. (Jesuit came back to win Game Two 10-0, then lost to St. Mary’s in the decisive Game Three).


You’ve played on so many great elite teams, is there one moment when you said to yourself, ‘I’m holding my own against the competition, I’m doing well. I’m going to make it (in the pros)?’


ZG: When I made Team USA 16U (2010), because that was something that I worked hard for two years at. And it just proved that if you work hard, you can get what you want. I think that’s when I realized that I can do it, if I really wanted to.


Has this been a shared goal between you and your parents?

ZG: Yeah. My dad has always been the one to tell me that if I really want to, I can do it. Obviously, without his parenting all this time, and giving me confidence. without him, I wouldn’t have had any idea that as a ballplayer, I could be (where I am today). So, him telling me ‘If you work hard enough, you can get there,’ was a big motivator.


And what about mom? What role did she play?

ZG: Just being happy all the time. And giving me support and always being like a safe haven to go to. I love my mom, she’s such a great person.”


I just realized: you’re leaving tomorrow (for Clearwater, FL), but this isn’t going to be a traumatic event for you; you’ve done this (leaving home and living on his own) for two years before (with travel ball teams based in Texas, the PG Nationals etc.).


ZG: Yeah. For my parents, it’s different for them. I don’t know why (laughs); I’ll be back in two months. It’s what I’ve been doing the past two summers. I’m ready to go.


Let’s say you realize the dream and make the Phillies, the big club. Do you realize what a tough audience it is to play in front of Philadelphia fans?

ZG: They’re great fans…

RC: They are great fans…

ZG: … and I have to say I would be lucky to have them to play in front of. They’re going to be tough. But in another respect, they’re going to be better than other fans are.


The Phillies drafting you so highly, I assume that played a role in your decision not to take the scholarship at Oregon State?

ZG: That’s probably the biggest role, being one of the (Phillies) top picks. That told me that a) they liked me and b) I had some insurance if I did struggle.


Have the Phillies told you whether they plan to start you at shortstop or move you to another position somewhere down the road?

ZG: They’ve told me they just want me to play. And eventually if I do grow out of (shortstop), I’ll move over to third or corner outfield. I’d like to stay in the infield, but I honestly just want to play. If they put me behind the dish, I’ll catch if I have to. I don’t care. I just want to hit and just want to play.”



Pro Draft Notes

Shaq Thompson (Grant) has signed with the Boston Red Sox and already ready reported to the training facility in Florida. Thompson, selected in the 18th Round by Boston, hit .305 on the season for the Pacers.



MLB Draft -- Day 1

Highly-touted Stanford pitcher Mark Appel didn't get the Andrew Luck treatment today. Instead, it's more like the Aaron Rodgers draft-day blues.

Appel (10-1), widely rumored to be the first selection of the Houston Astros in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, not only didn't go first, second or third on the board, he wasn't the first right-handed pitcher to be taken in the 2012 draft. That honor went to Kevin Gausmann of LSU.

Heck, he wasn't even the first rightie taken from California! Kyle Zimmer of University of San Francisco went fifth in the draft, leaving Appel to sit and wonder, just like Rodgers did in 2005 when he fell to #24 in the NFL Draft.

Finally, with the eighth pick, Appel went to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Astros took shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico as their first pick.

No local players were selected in the First Round.

MLB Draft/Local Picks Day 2

Martin Agosta, right-handed pitcher from St. Mary's (Jesuit), was taken by the Giants in the second round with the 84th pick. The 6'1" 180 pound junior right-hander was 9-2, 2.18 ERA, 95Ks/27BB in 101 innings pitched for St. Mary's . Bonus slot is $592,300.

Eckels Tower Bridge
Ben Eckels during flat-ground warms up prior to his start in the Raley Field High School Baseball Showcase on Sunday.
Photo © Rick Cabral 2012

Zach Green, right-handed shortstop from Jesuit, was selected in the third round with the 125th pick. The 6’3”, 210-pound shortstop batted .417 with five doubles, one triple and one home run, 15 RBI and a .556 slugging percentage for the Marauders. (See story below).

Justin Haley (Bella Vista/Sierra College) RHP, Fresno State, drafted in sixth round by Boston (#211).

Ben Eckels (Davis Senior High): The The 6'0" 170-pound senior right-hander goes to the Diamond backs with the 363rd pick in the 11th round. (According to the Davis Enterprise, Eckels came to agreement with Arizona.) {Eckels ended a three-year varsity career for the Blue Devils in impressive fashion with a complete-game shutout over Vacaville. For the season he went 7-2, 2.36 ERA, 77Ks, 23BB in 50.1 innings pitched (includes playoff performances).}

14th round, # 451 overall, Dylan Chavez, LHP, University of Mississippi out of American River College and Pleasant Grove by Boston.

At #467 in the 15th Round...Cody Keefer (Davis Sr. High) UCLA OF goes to Miami. Cody may be the only local guy whose college season isn't yet over, as the Bruins will host the Los Angeles Super Regional this weekend.

MLB Draft -- Day Two 11:00 a.m.

Green-Phillies Reach Agreement

Although they’re still finalizing last-minute details, Zach Green has reached an agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies who drafted him in the third round of today’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He was the 125th player taken overall.


The Phillies have agreed to give Green “above slot” bonus money, according to Joey Davis, the Phillies local scout, which helped persuade the Jesuit senior shortstop to accept the offer and turn down a full-ride scholarship to Oregon State. "Zach is going to be a Phillie," Davis said about the still-tentative deal.


“We love (Zach’s) size. He’s got future-plus power and at least an average arm,” Davis said. “He’s a great kid, that’s the most important thing. Very rarely do you get a kid with tools and being a great kid as well. He comes from a great family.”



Green admitted turning down Oregon State was very hard. “I’ve been committed to them for so long (since before his sophomore season). When I woke up this morning, I was a Beaver.”

Zach was at Results fitness center working out speed training when he got the call.


Zach admitted that with the new MLB guidelines dampening the amounts teams may pay out in bonus money this year, when the Phillies selected him high in the draft and agreed to pay “above slot” money he reached his decision.

“I feel confident I am ready to play pro baseball right now and jump-start my career.


The 125th pick Bonus Slot is $374,400. Teams have the flexibility of paying more or less per draftee so long as they don't exceed their maximum bonus pool allotment for the first 10 rounds. Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement states that teams that exceed their allotment are subject to fines.

The 6’3”, 210-pound shortstop batted .417 with five doubles, one triple and one home run, 15 RBI and a .556 slugging percentage for the Marauders in 2012. When Green's power numbers were down in 2012, the Phllies weren't dissuaded from spending a high-draft pick on Green, Davis said.

Davis, who drafted Andrew Susac from Jesuit in 2009, has been following Green since his sophomore year. Davis said he will start out in minor leagues as a shortstop, but the Phils project him as a third baseman.


Green came to the attention of Oregon State through a connection to the Susac family, who advised head coach Pat Casey to sign the sophomore, who had yet to play an inning on the Jesuit varsity.


“We’re just estatic,” said Zachary’s mom, Kym Green. “It’s good all around. We’re so excited.”


To read more about Green, who played USA 16U and many other national travel teams, check out out Travel Ball story from last summer.

MLB Draft/Local Picks Day 2

Boston Red Sox drafted Shaq Thompson of Grant High School in the 18th Round. Thompson, a tremendous football player, is committed to playing on Saturday afternoons for University of Washington. At 6'2", 225, Thompson hit .305 for Danny Chavez' Pacers with seven doubles, five triples and one home run.  

R.J. Davis
, (Sac State/ Sac City/Florin High), drafted by Tampa Bay in 20th Round. In 30 IP, the hard-throwing right-hander posted a 3.90 era. The 6’3” 225 pounder came to the Hornets from Oral Roberts University.  

Taken in the 24th Round by Milwaukee, Mike Turay, catcher out of Cal State Stanislaus becomes the third Davis Senior High graduate to be selected in the 2012 MLB Draft. Davis coach Dan Ariola is doing cartwheels across the Causeweay, we understand.  


Josh Pigg of Franklin was taken in the 28th round by Cleveland. He hit .343 with 5 doubles and 1 home run, and went 6-2 with a 3.31 ERA, 68K and 39BB, looking strong in the DI Playoffs over the past two weeks.  

Dayne Quist
, LHP, UC Davis, also taken in the 28th Round by Tampa Bay. Quist had a 6-3 record with a 3.15 ERA for the Aggies.  

In the 29th Round, Seattle took St. Mary’s catcher Toby DeMello (Roseville High). Toby’s dad Hank is the head coach for the Roseville Tigers.  


Derrick Chung , utility player, Sacramento State, was selected by Toronto in the 31st Round. Chung was second in batting with a .340 average. The only thing Derrick didn't for the Hornets in his four years was sell tickets.


Finishing up the day in the 39th Round:


Pitcher Justin Dillon , El Dorado HIgh, tabbed by the Colorado Rockies.  

Catcher Scott Kalush, UC Davis, to the Orioles.

Firstbaseman Dalton Blaser, Roseville HIgh, by the Oakland Athletics.


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