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Baseball draft: Eight Fresno-area players selected on day 2

Oregon State and former Buchanan High pitcher Grant Gambrell was selected with the second pick in the third round (80th overall) by the Kansas City Royals.
Oregon State and former Buchanan High pitcher Grant Gambrell was selected with the second pick in the third round (80th overall) by the Kansas City Royals. Oregon State Athletics

It didn’t take long for a central San Joaquin Valley player to see his name on day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft.

Former Buchanan High pitcher Grant Gambrell was selected with the second pick in the third round (80th overall) by the Kansas City Royals.

Gambrell was one of seven players with Fresno-area ties picked in rounds 3-10 Tuesday including Fresno State seniors Zach Ashford and McCarthy Tatum.

Rounds one and two were held Monday night. The draft concludes Wednesday with rounds 11-40.

A closer look at Tuesday’s selections:

Grant Gambrell – The Oregon State junior right-hander went 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 13 games, with 13 starts. He struck out 80 in 70 innings.

MLB.com reported that the 80th overall pick is slotted at approximately $767,800.

Gambrell’s battery mate, catcher Adley Rutschman, was the top overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles.

“It was a dream-come-true,” Gambrell said. “I couldn’t be more happy to be a Royal. Ever since sixth grade, this has been a goal of mine and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity.”

Matt Fraizer – Not long after Gambrell’s selection, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the former Clovis North outfielder in the third round (95th overall).

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Matt Frazier, formerly of Clovis North High, was batting .412 with six doubles, two triples, one home run and 28 RBI for Arizona before suffering a broken hand in March. Stan Liu University of Arizona Athletics

The value of the pick is set at $610,800.

Fraizer had a stellar season for Arizona until he suffered a broken hand against Utah in March.

The junior was batting .412 with six doubles, two triples, one home run and 28 RBI.

Still, the Pirates saw more than enough to draft Fraizer, the son of Terance Frazier, the Fresno developer who was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 24th round of the 1992 MLB draft out of Fresno State.

Zach Ashford – Ashford, who finished his Fresno State career Monday night in the NCAA Stanford Regional, went in the sixth round to the New York Mets with the 178th pick.

The center fielder is slotted to earn a $277,100 deal.

Tevin Mitchell – The Miami Marlins took the UC Santa Barbara senior outfielder, formerly of Clovis High, in the eighth round with the 231st pick.

In 54 games, Mitchell batted .277 with 11 doubles, three doubles, five home runs and 37 RBI.

Andrew Mitchel – The former Fresno City College left-hander was taken in the eighth round by the San Diego Padres.

The Atwater native went 4-5 with a 4.57 ERA this past season for San Jose State.

He played for Ron Scott’s Fresno City team in 2016 and helped the Rams to a Central Valley Conference title. He transferred to Grossmont the following season.

Alec Gamboa – The left-hander out of Madera High just finished his sophomore season at Fresno City and went to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round, 281st overall.

Darrien Miller – Two picks later, Clovis High’s catcher went at No. 283 to the Marlins. He bats left, a valued commodity at the position. Miller batted .398 with 11 extra-base hits (three homers) for the Central Section-champion Cougars.

McCarthy Tatum – The Phillies picked the third baseman out of Clovis High in round 10 with the 300th overall pick.

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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