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Five more Fresno State players taken in day 3 of MLB draft

Bulldogs back in NCAA Tournament

Fresno State coach Mike Batesole and the Bulldogs are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 after winning the Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Bulldogs open against UC Santa Barbara.
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Fresno State coach Mike Batesole and the Bulldogs are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 after winning the Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Bulldogs open against UC Santa Barbara.

Fresno State’s J.T. Arruda, Carter Bins, Davis Moore, Oscar Carvajal and Nolan Dempsey were picked Wednesday in the Major League Baseball Draft, bringing to eight the total Bulldogs draftees.

Ryan Jensen went in the first round Monday and Zach Ashford and McCarthy Tatum were picked Tuesday when MLB conducted rounds 3-10.

The final 30 rounds were held Wednesday.

Players who have completed their third year of college eligibility, junior college players and high school players are eligible for the draft.

That made Arruda, the Bulldogs’ redshirt sophomore shortstop, eligible, and he went in the 11th round, No. 333 overall to the Washington Nationals. Arruda batted .338 this season with eight home runs and 45 RBI.

Bins, the junior catcher, went three picks later to the Seattle Mariners. He started 56 of 57 games with a .280 batting average, six homers and 28 RBI.

Moore, the junior who was 10-1 with 91 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings as the Bulldogs’ No. 2 starter behind Jensen, went in the 15th round, No. 453 overall, to the Nationals.

Carvajal, a redshirt sophomore reliever, was picked in the 32nd round by the Houston Astros. He went 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 28 appearances this season.

In the 33rd round, shortstop Dempsey went to the San Francisco Giants. The senior batted .332 with 17 doubles and 57 RBI.

Tatum (.356, 13 homers, 77 RBI) and Ashford (.381, 67 runs, 10 stolen bases) were both seniors, too. The other five Bulldogs have the option of returning. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs are confident they can sign Jensen. The Cubs’ assigned bonus value for the 27th pick is $2.5701 million, but the Cubs may be able to sign him for less, the Tribune reported.

The six picks in the first 15 rounds and eight picks overall signal the talent level that helped the Bulldogs to a 40-16-1 overall record and reach the final game of the Stanford Regional before falling to the host Cardinal.

Fresno State last had five players drafted in the first 11 rounds in 2006: outfielder Nick Moresi (Houston), third round; pitchers Andy Underwood (San Diego), fifth, Doug Fister (Seattle), seventh, and Eddie Romero (Arizona), ninth; and shortstop Christian Vitters (Oakland), 10th.

Fresno State last had eight players drafted in 2017.

Four Fresno State high school signees were drafted, as well, including Serra-Gardena teammates: shortstop Jordan Brown went in the sixth round to the Cleveland Indians, and first baseman Mahkl Backstrom went in the 18th round to the Atlanta Braves.

Here are the other central San Joaquin Valley players drafted Wednesday:

Chet Allison – The Los Angeles Dodgers took the Fresno City College outfielder in the 24th round. He was named the Central Valley Conference Player of the Year. His Rams teammate, Alec Gamboa, was drafted by the Dodgers in the ninth round on Tuesday.

Karson Simas – The Clovis West shortstop was taken in the 25th round by the Boston Red Sox. Simas has not committed to a college.

Hunter Bryan – Already inked to play at Fresno State, the Redwood High shortstop was selected in the 31st round by the Texas Rangers.

Jake Harrell – The Sanger High star also is signed to play for Fresno State, but the Indians took the left-handed pitcher in the 39th round.

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