Local talent scooped up in draft’s second day of action 

click to enlarge Cal’s Tony Renda played high school ball at Serra in San Francisco. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Cal’s Tony Renda played high school ball at Serra in San Francisco.

The Giants and A’s both tapped into Bay Area talent during the second day of the baseball draft Tuesday, while one area college had a player drafted for the first time in program history.

The Giants took St. Mary’s right-hander Martin Agosta in the second round (No. 84 overall) a day after taking Mississippi State’s Chris Stratton with their first-round pick. Agosta went 9-2 with a 2.18 ERA and struck out 95 batters in 103 1/3 innings. In the third round, the Giants took their first position player, Wake Forest outfielder Johnathan Williamson, who belted 17 home runs in 52 games.

In all, the Giants added 14 players on Tuesday, including six pitchers and four outfielders.

Across the Bay, the A’s added 15 players on the second day, nine of which were pitchers. Oakland had two second-round picks, taking Birmingham Southern catcher Bruce Maxwell at No. 62 overall and Arkansas right-hander Nolan Sanburn at No. 74 overall.

The A’s also picked Palo Alto High School outfielder B.J. Boyd in the fourth round.

On the college scene, infielder Zach Babitt became the first Academy of Art University player ever drafted. Babitt, who hit .313, found a home with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round.

Stanford had three players drafted Tuesday after a pair went on the first day Monday. Cardinal left-hander Brett Mooneyham went in the third round to the Washington Nationals (No. 111 overall), infielder Kenny Diekroeger, a Menlo School product, was taken in the fourth round (No. 133 overall) by the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers snagged outfielder Jake Stewart in the ninth round (No. 304 overall).

Cal’s Tony Renda, who played his high school ball at Serra, landed with the Nationals in the second round (No. 80 overall), while catcher Chadd Krist was swooped up by the Chicago Cubs in the ninth round (No. 284 overall).

USF pitcher Elliott Waterman joined the crew of Bay Area players with the Nationals in the 13th round (No. 414 overall).

On the high school front, the Miami Marlins reeled in Serra third baseman Ron Miller in the 10th round, while former Riordan and current Fresno State standout Thomas Harlan went in the 13th to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The draft concludes today with rounds 16 through 40.

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