June 7, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Long Beach State had three more players drafted on day three of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Richard Prigatano was the first to go in the 11th round to the Colorado Rockies. Michael Hill was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 22nd round and the San Francisco Giants took Nick Sabo in the 28th round.
Prigatano was the 323rd overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft and is coming off the best season of his career, which resulted in a First Team All-Big West selection. He hit .300 while helping the Beach to a 34-26 overall record and a second-place finish in the Big West. He had a career-best 47 runs batted in and 21 stolen bases on 23 attempts. He was a .294 hitter in three years at the Beach with 84 RBI.
The Los Gatos, Calif. native improved his draft selection after coming to Long Beach State. He was selected in the 16th round by the Toronto Blue Jays out of high school but elected to spend three years with the Dirtbags. The junior outfielder joins pitcher Andrew Rohrbach in the Rockies organization, who was taken in yesterday’s ninth round.
Hill was the 663rd overall pick in the draft and will join the Royals organization. Hill was listed as a shortstop when he was taken by the Royals but showed that he could play all three outfield positions as well as both positions on the left side of the infield during his career at LBSU. The Orange, Calif. senior was a .262 career hitter and hit .271 while starting in all 60 games for the Dirtbags this year. He hit three home runs as a junior and went deep again during the NCAA Regionals this year for his lone homer of his senior season.
Sabo was the final Dirtbag taken in this year’s draft as the 838th overall pick to the Giants. The junior lefty from Spring Valley, Calif. posted a 3.82 ERA in his three years at LBSU. The 2014 season was his first full season in the starting rotation. He went 4-6 with a 3.30 ERA and had three shutout starts. Sabo struck out 85 batters in 134.1 career innings.
The total of four Dirtbags drafted in 2014 MLB Draft matches the number of Dirtbags taken in last year’s draft.
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