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MLB Draft 2013: USC is set to lose two more prospects [Update]

June 6, 2013 |  6:16 pm

USC, a 12-time NCAA champion in baseball, hasn't been to the playoffs since 2005, and one reason is that the Trojans keep trying to land high school recruits who end up signing with professional teams.

Two more recruits, Dominic Smith of Gardena Serra and J.P. Crawford of Lakewood, were taken No. 11 and No. 16, respectively, on Thursday in baseball's first-year player draft. Smith went to the New York Mets and Crawford was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies. Both were USC commits and are not expected to spend a day at USC.

And third baseman Ryan McMahon from Santa Ana Mater Dei was taken No. 42 by the Rockies. He's a USC signee who's not likely to end up on campus.

They will join former USC commits Mike Moustakas, Giancarlo Stanton and Rio Ruiz, among others.

-- Eric Sondheimer