Cal State Fullerton 3B Matt Chapman; A's (1st Round, 25th overall)
The former Cal State Fullerton bat boy lived out his childhood dream of playing for the Titans. He's a phenomenol defender who head coach Rick Vanderhook says has as good of an arm as anyone he's seen in the game of baseball. Although he didn't pitch for the Titans, he reportedly hit 98 mph with his fastball last summer while playing for Team USA.
The first local high school player taken is a North Carolina commit, where many believe he can be a two-way player if he elects to go to Chapel Hill. The Gatorade California Player of the Year is a terrific baserunner who stole 58 of 63 bases during his four-year career. However, on the mound is where he's projected to make his money. The Wolverines ace went 23-0 during his last two seasons while posting a 0.63 ERA in each and striking out a combined 237 batters. Flaherty joins former teammates Max Fried and Lucas Giolito as Harvard Westlake pitchers taken in the first round.
Cal Poly LHP Matt Imhof; Phillies (2nd Round, 47th overall)
In what turned out to be one of the finest seasons in Cal Poly history, hosting an NCAA regional for the first time in school history, it was Imhof leading the way as the Friday starter. The lefty held the opposition to a .195 batting average while posting a 2.45 ERA.
UC Irvine 3B Taylor Sparks; Reds (2nd Round, 58th overall)
UCI head coach Mike Gillespie says Sparks is what a pro looks like and he possesses all the tools pros have. The UCI third baseman has been described as having light tower power, which went a long way when he hit 10 home runs and earned Big West Co-Field Player of the Year honors in 2013 as a sophomore despite playing his home games at UCI's mammoth Anteater Ballpark.
Damien HS RHP Grant Hockin; Indians (2nd Round, 61st overall)
Hockin comes from good stock. His grandfather is the late, great Harmon Killebrew. His senior year, Hockin went 9-3 with a 1.49 ERA. He struck out 99 while walking just 17. Hockin has signed with UCLA.
Serra HS OF Marcus Wilson; Diamondbacks (Competitive Balance Round B, 69th overall)
2014 didn't go as well for Serra as 2013 did, as the Cavaliers lost in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs. In 2013, Wilson hit a solo home run in the championship game at Dodger Stadium and helped the Cavs make history as what is believed to be the first predominantly African American baseball team to win a CIF Southern Section championship. As a senior he hit .359 with five home runs and 17 RBI.
All he does is win, win, win. Morales joins Flaherty as a local pitcher to be drafted by St. Louis on the first day. The loss he suffered last month to Cal State Fullerton was just the second of his collegiate career, dating back to his junior college days at Rio Hondo Community College. The First Team All-American is 20-2 in his two seasons at UCI and will be looking to add more with the 'Eaters in their first Super Regional in three years.
Cal State Fullerton 1B/RHP J.D. Davis; Astros (3rd Round, 75th overall)
The first local player taken on Day 2, Davis is a legitimate two-way player. He hit six home runs last summer in the Cape Cod League and made five appearances on the mound, making two saves and posting a 0.00 ERA. This season, Davis led the Titans with a .338 batting average and had seven saves as the closer.
Brown propelled up the draft board after being a 30th round pick a year ago. He led the Waves with 12 home runs and 47 RBI while also hitting .310. On the mound he was 12-1 on the year in 16 starts with a 2.07 ERA. Brown also led the team with 100 strikeouts while walking just 38. He gave up just one home run in 108.2 innings.
The Trojans' ace ate up innings in 2014. Strahan tossed 104.1 innings throughout the course of the season; the next closest Trojan pitched 73 innings. He recorded 89 strikeouts to 49 walks and didn't allow a home run all season.
Cal Poly RF Nick Torres; Padres (4th Round, 117th overall)
The All-Big West First Team selection was overlooked by everybody - except the Mustangs - coming out of Lakewood High School in 2011, and Torres made the most of his college experience, earning a starting spot as a freshman. Last season he led Cal Poly with 49 RBI as the Mustangs won a school-record 47 games.
UCLA C Shane Zeile; Tigers (5th Round, 160th overall)
Uncle Todd spent 16 years in the majors. Shane didn't start any games behind the plate as a freshman. He started 57 games at catcher in 2013 and 48 in 2014, and led the team with a .324 batting average and also had a team-high 21 multi-hit games last season.
Cal Baptist RHP Trevor Oaks; Dodgers (7th Round, 219th overall)
Oaks is considered one of the top pitchers in Division II. He went 11-0 with a 1.68 ERA in 2014 and also threw three complete games in 15 starts. He began his career at Biola University where he was in the top 10 in the NAIA in strikeouts in his lone season there.
Westlake HS 2B Luke Dykstra; Braves (7th Round, 223rd overall)
His father, Lenny, played 12 seasons in the majors and was a three-time All-Star with the Phillies. Similar to pops, the younger Dykstra has been described as playing with his hair on fire. Dykstra hit a team-high .452 while also hitting a team best 13 doubles on his way to earning Marmonte Player of the Year honors.
The All-Big West First Team selection is hitting a team high .364 for the Anteaters, who are in the Super Regionals for the fourth time in program history. He's also tied for the team lead with seven steals.
Embry-Riddle (Florida) RHP Daniel Poncedeleon; Cardinals (9th Round, 285th overall)
The La Mirada grad began his career at Arizona, then bounced back to Cypress College before going to Houston and ultimately settling at NAIA Embry-Riddle. The ninth round pick is the highest drafted player in school history. He went 9-2 with a 1.60 ERA last season.