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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Baseball: Smith, De Pinto and Triggs all taken Tuesday

By Pedro Moura

Three more USC baseball players were selected on the second day of the 2011 MLB draft Tuesday, with right-hander Chad Smith going to the Detroit Tigers in the 17th round and infielder Joe De Pinto and right-hander Andrew Triggs going within five picks of each other in the 21st round.

Smith, a junior, was USC's closer for most of the 2011 season until he hurt his elbow in a game in late April. He underwent Tommy John surgery in May but still finished the year with an impressive 2.66 ERA in 20 1/3 innings pitched. His negotiation process may be the most interesting of all the Trojans picked, as he would benefit greatly from returning to school and having a healthy senior year.

De Pinto, a senior, was a four-year starter for the Trojans, mostly at second base. Selected with the 651st overall selection by the Chicago White Sox, he hit .300 in 2011 with a team-leading on-base percentage of .409. Triggs, a redshirt junior, led USC in innings pitched and earned run average among starting pitchers, going 5-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 90 2/3 innings. He was taken with the 657th pick by the San Francisco Giants.

They were the fourth, fifth and sixth USC products selected in this week's draft, with Ricky Oropesa, Austin Wood and Logan Odom all going earlier Tuesday.

Another USC signee in the class of 2012, Palm Desert (Calif.) outfielder Ryan Garvey, was selected with the last pick of the 15th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Garvey is the son of former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey.