Seth Moranda is bypassing a college career at Fresno State to turn pro, signing with the Atlanta Braves.
Moranda played shortstop and pitcher as a four-year starter at Buchanan High but will move to the outfield in the Braves organization. He was taken in the 11th round (No. 356 overall) in last month's amateur draft.
"He fits the mold of what the Braves like to look for in their draft," said Buchanan coach Tom Donald, who confirmed Moranda's decision. "He's a great athlete, can run, [has] shown pop, hits to all parts of the field.
"They believe they can develop his power to his pull side. He's a great makeup kid in terms of his demeanor, a consistent personality. There's a lot to like about him."
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Moranda was 33-6 as a high school pitcher, including a 12-1 season with a 1.18 ERA while leading the Bears to a Central Section title and ESPN Rise national No. 1 ranking this season. He also hit .306 with seven homers.
Buchanan has developed many players who have gone on to play in college and the pros, but Moranda is the first in school history to sign a professional deal out of high school.
His departure also continues the erosion of Fresno State's potential 2012 roster. The Bulldogs had a school-record 10 players drafted, including six juniors, and three high school recruits also were selected.
Four of the juniors already have signed, but it looks like at least one will be back.
Junior pitcher Taylor Garrison says he will return to Fresno State for his senior year after negotiations with the Los Angeles Dodgers faltered. The Dodgers' finances are in turmoil, with the team filing for bankruptcy protection last month.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity, but they're going through a lot of financial issues as an organization and we couldn't come to terms," said Garrison, drafted in the 27th round.
"I'm looking forward to coming back to Fresno State for a final year and getting my degree. Being a Bulldog for one more year isn't a bad option at all."
Garrison's twin brother, Trent, a Bulldogs catcher, said he expects to meet with the Los Angeles Angels this month.
Trent Garrison missed the season after tearing his ACL in the opener and dropped to the 50th and final round. He said Tuesday that he is open to signing.
"Once we sit down and see what the offer is, we'll be able to make a better decision," Trent Garrison said. "Whatever is the best decision for my wife and my kid, as a family, that's what we'll go with."
The other juniors who signed were outfielders Dusty Robinson (Oakland) and Brennan Gowens (Angels), and pitchers Josh Poytress (Pittsburgh) and Charlie Robertson (Braves).
Pitcher Greg Gonzalez (San Diego), infielder Danny Muno (New York Mets), first baseman Jordan Ribera (Colorado) and shortstop Garrett Weber (Arizona) signed as seniors.
Fresno State still is waiting on word from two other drafted recruits: Chris Mariscal of Clovis North and Scott Barlow of Golden Valley-Santa Clarita. The deadline to sign a professional deal is Aug. 15.