Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Three Trojans picked in MLB draft
By Pedro Moura
USC had three right-handed pitchers selected on the final day of the 2012 MLB draft Wednesday, the Trojans' only selections of the three-day affair.
Andrew Triggs was the first to be selected, in the 19th round by the Kansas City Royals, 583rd overall. He had previously been selected twice out of USC, in the 24th round in 2010 and in the 21st round last year, so he improved his stock each year.
But he had leverage to return to school the last two seasons because he redshirted his freshman year at USC; Now, he has zero leverage and is a lock to sign with K.C.
Martin Viramontes went in the 28th round to the Milwaukee Brewers, 875th overall. The 6-5 right-hander, a transfer from LMU, was also selected in the 2010 draft. And Jordan Hershiser, the son of former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser, was selected in the 34th round by the Dodgers.
Five high-schoolers committed to the Trojans in the class of 2012 were also selected, with outfielder Timmy Robinson from Ocean View High in Huntington Beach (31st round, Minnesota Twins) joining the four drafted on Monday and Tuesday.
Two ex-USC players were also selected Wednesday, with Nebraska catcher Richard Stock going in the 23rd round to the Cleveland Indians and outfielder Ryan Garvey going in the 33rd round to the Colorado Rockies.
Stock transferred to Pierce College and then Nebraska after playing the 2010 season for USC. Garvey, a freshman, never suited up for the Trojans and transferred to Riverside City College after the 2011 fall semester.