Area baseball beat: Sacramento State, UC Davis lead area in draft picks | The Sacramento Bee
Of the 1,516 players selected in the three-day, 40-round Major League Baseball first-year player draft, only 15 players came from the more than 75 high schools, four community colleges and two four-year institutions in the Sacramento region.
[Three high school players were drafted.] Elk Grove shortstop and Bee co-Player of the Year Nick Madrigal was a 17th-round pick of the Indians, but he has decided to attend Oregon State on scholarship. Jesuit right-hander Tanner Dodson, a 31st-round choice by the New York Mets, tweeted he will honor his commitment to Cal, and Yuba City third baseman Caden Goldby, a 39th-round pick by the Miami Marlins, will have to decide between college and turning pro. Dodson is the son of Bo Dodson, a 1989 third-round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Christian Brothers. Goldby is the brother of Cooper Goldby, a 36th-round choice by the A’s out of Yuba City in 2013.
Stanford left-hander Logan James (Jesuit) went to the Seattle Mariners in the 31st round.
▪ Four times, fewer than three area high school players have been selected in a single draft. In 2004, 35 players from the region were taken but only one from a local high school: left-hander Zach Phillips (Galt) in the 23rd round by the Texas Rangers. Twice, two preps were taken: in 1986, left-hander Pat Gomez (San Juan) in the fourth round by the Chicago Cubs and left-hander Jim Sloan (Casa Roble) in the 29th round by the New York Mets; and in 1991, outfielders Dan Vetter (Del Campo) in the 38th round by the Phillies and Danny Larivee (Rio Americano) in the 50th round by the New York Yankees.