Baseball: Seven USC players, seven signees drafted

June, 8, 2011
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The 2011 MLB draft festivities are officially over in Secaucus, N.J., and USC had an interesting three days.

Seven 2011 Trojans were drafted. Seven signees for the class of 2012 were also selected. A few players are locked into signing with MLB teams, but a majority of those 14 players picked now have a decision to make over the next two-plus months: to stay or to go?

The seven USC players who were drafted are first baseman Ricky Oropesa, right-handers Austin Wood, Logan Odom, Chad Smith and Andrew Triggs and infielders Joe De Pinto and Shane Boras.

Oropesa went first, in the third round to the San Francisco Giants. Wood and Odom were selected in the sixth and eighth rounds, respectively, by the Los Angeles Angels. The Detroit Tigers took Smith, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May, in the 17th round, and the Giants took Triggs in the 21st round.

De Pinto went six picks before Triggs to the Chicago White Sox. Boras, the oldest son of baseball super-agent Shane Boras, was the final USC player taken, as the Oakland A's selected him in the 39th round Wednesday.

The seven signees are Tustin (Calif.) third baseman Travis Harrison, Huntington Beach Edison (Calif.) shortstop Christian Lopes, Palm Desert (Calif.) outfielder Ryan Garvey, Gilbert (Ariz.) left-hander Stephen Tarpley, Villa Park (Calif.) right-hander Wyatt Strahan, Junipero Serra (Calif.) third baseman Trent Boras and St. John Bosco (Calif.) shortstop Dante Flores.

Harrison went in the supplemental first round to the Minnesota Twins on Monday. Lopes went to Toronto in the seventh round, Tarpley to Cleveland in the eighth round and Garvey to Philadelphia in the 15th round. Strahan went in the 27th round to Arizona and Boras, the younger son of Boras, went near the end of Tuesday in the 3oth round, to the Milwaukee Brewers. Flores went in the 41st round to the Padres.

The deadline to sign with an MLB team is Aug. 15. Move-in day at USC for the fall semester is Aug. 17.



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