Baseball: Arizona Diamondbacks draft Cory Hahn
Cory Hahn, the former Santa Ana Mater Dei outfielder, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th round on Saturday. The selection produced expressions of gratitude and respect from many.
Hahn, who was paralyzed in 2011 during his freshman year at Arizona State while sliding head first into second base, said in a Tweet, "I cannot thank the @dbacks enough for what they have done! So humbled and will be forever grateful! So honored to be a diamondback!"
Among Southern California high school players, pitcher Ty Boyles of Quartz Hill went to the Reds in the 11th round. Dane McFarland of JSerra went to the Diamondbacks in the 12th round. First baseman David Denson of South Hills went to the Mariners in the 15th round. Infielder Jonah Arenado of El Toro went to the Giants in the 16th round.
Pitcher Greg Harris of Los Alamitos was taken by the Dodgers in the 17th round. Catcher Tyler Alamo of Cypress went to the Cubs in the 24th round. Pitcher Matt Young of Glendora was selected by the Mariners in the 27th round.
Catcher Jeremy Martinez of Mater Dei went to the Cubs in the 37th round. Outfielder Luke Persico of Great Oak went to the Rockies in the 37th round.
In the 40th round, shortstop Jose Haros of San Fernando went to the Phillies, shortstop Tim Richards of Long Beach Wilson went to the Mariners and first baseman Anthonio Ruiz of San Gabriel went to the Blue Jays.
-- Eric Sondheimer