Wednesday Jun 10 2009
Four local ball players selected in MLB draft
By: Press Tribune sports staff
Former Oakmont pitcher goes in ninth round
Former Oakmont High ace right-hander Preston Guilmet, who spent the past four seasons as the No. 1 starter at the University of Arizona was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday. Guilmet was taken the Cleveland Indians, the same organization that drafted Guilmet's former local rival (at Woodcreek) and Wildcat teammate Eric Berger one season ago. A pair of local high school players have also been selected in the draft, as Jesuit catcher Andrew Susac, who played his Little League ball in Roseville's Woodcreek Little League was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 16th round and Rocklin's Pat Stover, who spent some time in both Roseville Pony and Roseville' Maidu Little League before moving to Rocklin was taken by the Oakland A's in round 17. Both Susac (Oregon State) and Stover (Santa Clara) have college plans as an option to moving on into professional baseball. The A's also selected highly regarded Yuba City catcher Max Stassi in the fourth round. He will consider his options between playing for UCLA or heading off to rookie ball, with the higher draft pick possibly making his decision more difficult. Rocklin High delivered twice in this year's MLB draft as pitcher/first baseman Jason Hampton was selected on the event's final day, when the Cincinnati Reds made him their 47th round pick. Hampton has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball locally at Sacramento State. Check back later for more details.