Five more Cal Poly players picked in MLB Draft

sports@thetribunenews.comJune 8, 2013 

Five Cal Poly baseball players were drafted Saturday on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

There were 40 rounds in all.

After Cal Poly relief pitcher Chase Johnson was selected 101st overall with a third-round selection by the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Mustangs pitchers Joey Wagman (senior), Reed Reilly (redshirt sophomore) and Michael Holback (junior) were drafted Saturday, along with junior third baseman Jimmy Allen and senior second baseman Denver Chavez.

Wagman was selected in the 17th round by the Chicago White Sox, Reilly was taken in the 18th round by the Baltimore Orioles, Allen went in the 23rd round to the Boston Red Sox, Holback was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals 

in the 25th round and Chavez went in the 30th round to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wagman won 27 games for the Mustangs in his career, and this season set a single-season school record with 13 wins in going 13-3 with a 2.96 earned run average. He led the Big West Conference with 103 strikeouts in 1121⁄3 innings, and he was a two-time first-team all-conference selection.

His 27 wins are tied for second on the Mustangs’ career list.

Reilly, who told The Tribune on Friday, he would return to Cal Poly next season because he wanted to improve his draft status, is also a two-time, first-team all-conference pitcher. 

Reilly tied the single-season saves record of 14 this year, first set by Mike Bille in 2005. Reilly was 2-4 with a 2.29 ERA to lead Cal Poly in that category. He struck out 69 in 59 innings with 20 walks.

This is the second time Allen has been selected in the draft after he was a 39th-round selection by the Los Angeles Angels out of high school. Allen hit .299 this season with 12 doubles and 39 RBI after hitting .345 his sophomore year with 20 doubles and 44 RBI.

Holback was Cal Poly’s setup man out of the bullpen and went 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA and two saves.

Chavez was a first team all-conference player this year and was Cal Poly’s top hitter with a .357 average. He also led the Big West Conference in hits and runs, and he had a team-high 17 steals. 

Long Beach State shortstop Jeff McNeil, a Nipomo High graduate, went in the 12th round to the New York Mets.

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