USC: Ryan Garvey

Three Trojans picked in MLB draft

June, 6, 2012
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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.

Ryan Garvey won't play baseball for Trojans

December, 28, 2011
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Ryan Garvey, son of former Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey, is leaving USC three months into his freshman year to continue his baseball career at Riverside City College, according to the Palm Springs Desert Sun.

Garvey played outfield for Palm Desert High School last season and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 15th round, though he was projected as a top-five round pick.

He chose to sign with USC, but according to the Desert Sun has been overwhelmed by the academic demands.

“I was studying from 9:30 to 6 every day,” he said. “I was more worried about school than baseball, and my thing was to go there and play baseball.”

By leaving USC to play at the junior college level, Garvey will be eligible for the MLB draft again this June. If he had remained at USC, he would have had to play three seasons before becoming eligible for the draft again.

Baseball: Trojans lose top two signees

August, 16, 2011
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USC 2011 signees Tustin (Calif.) third baseman Travis Harrison and Edison (Calif.) shortstop Christian Lopes each signed with the MLB organizations that selected them in June's draft just minutes before Monday's midnight ET deadline, leaving the Trojans without their top two prospects for this year's class.

Harrison, a supplemental first round selection of the Minnesota Twins, signed for a reported $1.1 million. Lopes, who was thought to have potential to turn down an MLB team and go to USC, signed with the Toronto Blue Jay, who took him in the seventh round, for a reported $800,000.

The Trojans' five other signees who were picked in June -- 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 -- all turned down MLB teams and will enroll in classes at USC beginning next Monday.

There were also three players from last year's team that were selected in the draft and had not yet signed as of Monday, deadline day: first baseman Ricky Oropesa and right-handers Austin Wood and Andrew Triggs. Oropesa signed with the San Francisco Giants for a reported $550,000 bonus; he was selected in the 3rd round by the Giants after entering the 2011 season as a projected first-rounder.

Triggs, also drafted by the Giants in the 21st round, chose not to sign with the team that drafted him for the second straight year. He had been selected in the 24th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2010 but returned to school for his redshirt junior season in 2011. Wood, a junior transfer from St. Petersburg College in Florida, signed with the Los Angeles Angels for a reported $180,000, a giant drop-off from the figure he rejected from the Tampa Bay Rays a year ago.

Four other 2011 draftees who played for the Trojans last season have signed with their MLB teams over the last two months and begun their minor-league careers: infielders Joe De Pinto (White Sox) and Shane Boras (Athletics) and right-handers Logan Odom (Angels) and Chad Smith (Tigers).

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