Aragon High SS drafted in third round; trio of USF stars taken

A host of players from area colleges were drafted on the second day of the baseball draft, but it was a prep star who was the highest local player drafted Tuesday.

Aragon High shortstop Sam Tuivailala was taken in the third round (No. 106 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Tuivailala, who has committed to play at Fresno State next year, also pitched for Aragon.

Tuivailala, who also played quarterback for Aragon, hit .321 with five home runs and 21 RBIs this season.

On the college front, USF had three players drafted Tuesday, led by righty Doug Murray.

After compiling an 8-6 record and a 3.60 ERA, Murray was selected in the 19th round by the Chicago White Sox. Dons catcher Ryan Lipkin, who hit a team-best .313 this season, was chosen in the 24th round by the A’s, while third baseman Derek Poppert went in the 30th round to the Seattle Mariners.

“I am so proud of this group,” USF coach Nino Giarratano said. “They all came in and finished school and represented USF with pride. Now they get a chance to go out and be professional baseball players.”

In the Pac-10 Conference, Cal had five players drafted Tuesday, while two players out of Stanford were plucked.

Cal players picked were right-hander Dixon Anderson (Baltimore Orioles, sixth round), right-hander Brian Diemer (Los Angeles Angels, sixth round), outfielder Mark Canha (Florida Marlins, seventh round), shortstop Brian Guinn (San Diego Padres, 11th round) and right-hander Daniel Wolford (Cincinnati Reds, 14th round).

Second baseman Colin Walsh (Cardinals, 13th round) and outfielder Kellen Kiilsgaard (Houston Astros, 30th round) were the two Stanford players to go.

At the big league level, the Giants drafted a familiar name in the 20th round — Brett Bochy. Bochy is the son of manager Bruce Bochy.

The younger Bochy, a right-handed reliever from the University of Kansas, was 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA and five saves before having Tommy John surgery in April and missing the rest of the season for the Jayhawks.

Rounds 31-50 of the draft are scheduled to be conducted today.

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