Four More 'Dogs Selected on Final Day of MLB Draft

June 7, 2014

By: Matt Burkholder

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FRESNO, Calif. - Four Diamond 'Dogs, all juniors, along with three high school commits were selected on the final day of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft Saturday, ending a busy draft for Bulldog Baseball.

It did not take long for the action to start Saturday as right-handed pitcher Jordan Brink was the fourth player to be selected in Saturday's draft, just minutes after the 10 a.m. PT start. The junior Diamond 'Dog was picked in the 11th round by the Chicago Cubs as the No. 319 overall selection.

"It's an honor and a true blessing to be picked by a very historic organization," said Brink. "I'd like to thank everyone that has shared this journey with me, teammates, coaches and friends."

Brink, a Fresno, Calif. native, turned his attention strictly to the mound in 2014 after being used as a utility player his freshman and sophomore seasons, a decision that paid great dividends as he flourished as the 'Dogs Friday night starter.

The right-hander led the Bulldogs with a team-best 2.87 ERA (No. 4 in the Mountain West) in 13 starts and 15 appearances with a 5-3 record in 84.2 innings pitched this season. Brink also held batters to a .214 batting average, ranking second in the MW.

Brink split time between the outfield and infield as a freshman, making 25 starts in left field and then 20 starts at first base and five at third. He stepped on the mound for the first time for the 'Dogs his sophomore season, and led the team with a team-best 3.92 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 59.2 innings of work - eight starts and 17 appearances. All while making starts at first base (10), left field (4), right field (3) and designated hitter (21). He owned a .226 batting average with four doubles, five triples, two home runs and 21 RBI while pulling double duty.

For his career, Brink has made 92 starts and played in 105 games as a position player. As a pitcher, he made 21 career starts and appeared in 32 games on the mound for the Bulldogs.

A short time later, teammate Chris Mariscal was chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the 14th round with the 411th overall pick.

Mariscal is the active career leader in starts for Fresno State, making 170 starts in 171 career games played for the Bulldogs after his junior season. Mariscal started 111 games at shortstop over his first two seasons before he found himself splitting time in various positions in the infield this season, starting 32 times at third base, 19 at second, three at shortstop and even had two starts in left field in 2014.

"It's an honor to hear your name called with such a great organization," said Mariscal. "It can be really stressful waiting to hear your name to be called, but in the end it's all worth it."

The multi-tool athlete hit a career best .300 as a sophomore and earned Second-Team All-Mountain West honors in 2013.

"I'm thankful for all the support my family has given me through this," Mariscal added. "I'm blessed to be given an opportunity to play professional baseball."

Right-hander Garrett Mundell would be the next Bulldog selected. The 6-6 junior was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 18th round (540th overall) following a 2014 campaign that produced a 1.58 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched.

"It's an amazing feeling to see years of hard work pay off," Mundell said. "I am so thankful to have this opportunity. I first want to thank God for the blessing and opportunity to shine for him. Say thank you to all family and coaches who got me to this position. Tons of work was done by others to help me get here and I want to say thank you."

Mundell went 4-0 and earned one win used primarily out of the bullpen in 2014. He started three games, but made 29 appearances on the season, more than any other teammate. Mundell thrived following a 2013 summer when he was named the Alaska Baseball Pitcher of the Year. The Lake Forest, Calif. native bounced back from a sophomore season where he posted a 4.53 ERA and 1-5 record to have an outstanding third season with the Bulldogs. He currently is the active career leader in appearances with 73.

Last, but not least was Trent Woodward. The redshirt junior from Chino Hills, Calif. was the second Bulldog to be drafted by the Houston Astros in this season's draft as a 20th round selection (586th overall), joining Derek Velazquez - a 7th round pick on Friday.

In one season following a redshirt year after transferring from Orange Coast College, Woodward started in all 57 games for Fresno State. He made 22 starts at first base, 19 at catcher and 16 as the designated hitter. The switch-hitter registered a .290 batting average along with 26 RBI, eight doubles and three home runs. He ranked second on the team with a .399 on base percentage, behind the No. 100 overall selection in the 2014 draft, Jordan Luplow - Pittsburgh Pirates.

"It is an unbelievable feeling to see my name called," said Woodward. "Growing up as a kid, we always dream to play in the big leagues and this is a huge step in that direction. I want to thank the entire Bulldog staff and community for making the past two years a great experience and I am truly blessed to be a part of the Bulldog family."

In all, six Bulldogs were selected in the 40-round draft from the 2014 squad at the conclusion of the three-day event. This year's draft class is only matched in recent history by the 2006 class, the last draft class that featured six Bulldogs selected within the first 20 rounds - a class that featured Doug Fister and Kent Sakamoto.


High School Commit Update

Three Fresno State commits were selected on the final day of this year's draft, joining the four Fresno State juniors who will now have to choose whether or not to forgo eligibility to seek their professional careers.

● Gabe Llanes - RHP/INF - Downey, Calif. (Downey HS)
- 15th Round (No. 445 overall), New York Mets

● Trenton Kemp - OF - Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan HS)
- 15th Round (No. 464 overall), Boston Red Sox

● McCarthy Tatum - INF - Clovis, Calif. (Clovis HS)
- 20th Round (No. 590 overall), Minnesota Twins


2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft Recap

Day One - Rounds 1-2 (June 5, 2014)

● Luis Ortiz, RHP - Signed Fresno State NLI (Nov. 20, 2013)
Sanger, Calif. (Sanger HS)
1st Round (No. 30 overall), Texas Rangers

Day Two - Rounds 3-10 (June 6, 2014)

Jordan Luplow, OF - Fresno State junior
Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan HS)
3rd Round (No. 100 overall), Pittsburgh Pirates

Derick Velazquez, RHP - Fresno State junior
Los Banos, Calif. (Merced College, Los Banos HS)
7th Round (No. 196 overall), Houston Astros

● Stetson Woods, RHP - Signed Fresno State NLI (Nov. 20, 2013)
Madera, Calif. (Liberty HS)
7th Round (No. 223 overall), Atlanta Braves

● Luke Dykstra, INF - Signed Fresno State NLI (Nov. 20, 2013)
Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Westlake HS)
9th Round (No. 268 overall), San Francisco Giants

Day Three - Rounds 11-40 (June 7, 2014)

Jordan Brink, RHP - Fresno State junior
Fresno, Calif. (Central HS)
11th Round (No. 319 overall), Chicago Cubs

Chris Mariscal, INF - Fresno State junior
Fresno, Calif. (Clovis North HS)
14th Round (No. 411 overall), Seattle Mariners

● Gabe Llanes, RHP - Signed Fresno State NLI (Nov. 20, 2013)
Downey, Calif. (Downey HS)
15th Round (No. 445 overall), New York Mets

● Trenton Kemp, OF - Signed Fresno State NLI (Nov. 20, 2013)
Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan HS)
15th Round (No. 464 overall), Boston Red Sox

Garrett Mundell, RHP - Fresno State junior
Lake Forest, Calif. (El Toro HS)
18th Round (No. 540 overall), Arizona Diamondbacks

Trent Woodward, C - Fresno State redshirt junior
Chino Hills, Calif. (Orange Coast College, Chino Hills HS)
20th Round (No. 586 overall), Houston Astros

● McCarthy Tatum, INF - Signed Fresno State NLI (Nov. 20, 2013)
Clovis, Calif. (Clovis HS)
20th Round (590th overall), Minnesota Twins

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