June 8, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - In the third day of the 2013 MLB Draft, Long Beach State had three more players selected as junior Jeff McNeil, senior Juan Avila, and junior Jon Maciel were all chosen on the final day.
First-Team All-Big West selection Jeff McNeil was the first player selected from the Dirtbags on Saturday, picked by the New York Mets in the 12th round. McNeil was listed as a shortstop, a position he filled capably in the second half of the season following an injury to Michael Hill, along with playing at second base, center field, and right field while leading the Dirtbags in hitting with a .348 batting average, and striking out just 11 times in 221 at-bats.
Right-handed pitcher Jon Maciel was picked by the Detroit Tigers in the 18th round. A 2011 second-team All-Big West selection as a middle reliever, Maciel moved into the closer's role for Long Beach State in 2012 after starting the season in the rotation. He finished the year with eight saves in 23 apperances and was second on the team with 43 strikeouts on the year.
Senior Juan Avila will get the opportunity to continue his career in baseball as well, joining the Miami Marlins organization after being picked by Miami in the 20th round. Avila hit .292 with Long Beach State as a senior, and drove in 28 RBI and hit a pair of two home runs during the season.
The trio joins pitcher Shane Carle, who was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round. Avila has exhausted his eligibility at Long Beach State, while Carle, McNeil and Maciel have until July 12 to sign with the club that drafted them and choose to go pro or decide to return to Long Beach State and re-enter the draft in 2014.
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