By: Jack Grimse
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.-The 2015 MLB draft has come and gone. As usual, there were players drafted from some of the SCCBL teams.
Three players currently on rosters of Southern California Collegiate Baseball League teams were taken. In addition, there were six players chosen in this First-Year Player Draft that played on SCCBL teams in the past.
From the Inland Valley Pirates, Cody Ponce was the highest player picked of any in the league, by the Milwaukee Brewers at 55th overall. A right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly Pomona, Ponce was the 12th pick of the second round.
Jonathan McCray, a shortstop from San Bernardino Valley College, was picked in the 24th round by the Kansas City Royals. McCray hit .383 as a freshman en route to picking up All-American and first-team All-Foothill Conference honors in the spring of 2015. He had trained with the Palm Springs POWER but did not appear in any games.
Another player taken in the 24th round was Mitch Esser. The left-handed hitting and throwing centerfielder was chosen by the Anaheim Angels. Before playing with the San Diego Force this summer, he played four years at Concordia University in Irvine.
Four former POWER players were selected as well. Scotty Burcham, the POWER shortstop in 2014, was selected in the 25th round by the Colorado Rockies. A pitcher in 2013, Jackson McClelland was the Pittsburgh Pirates 16th round pick.
The Tampa Bay Rays chose another member of the 2013 roster in the 17th round – shortstop Brett Sullivan. Mark Seyler became the third member of that 2013 team to be selected when the New York Yankees took the pitcher in the 19th round.
The Pirates had two players from past teams chosen this year. Christian Kelley was their catcher in 2014, he will be playing for a team in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the future. Both Kelley and centerfielder Kyle Garlick – chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 28th round – played their college ball at Cal Poly Pomona.
Be sure to catch this weekend’s SCCBL action. Friday sees the Inland Valley Buccaneers in action against Team San Diego. The teams play a doubleheader at Grossmont CC. Additionally, the OC Riptide play a two-game home-and-away series against the Inland Valley Pirates with games Friday and Saturday. That’s all the league play for this weekend, as the POWER and San Diego Force face non-conference opponents.