One year ago, Cal Poly outfielder Zack Zehner surprised most by spurning the Toronto Blue Jays, who drafted him late in the seventh round of the MLB Draft, to return to the Mustangs for his senior year.
This time around, all four draft eligible juniors who were selected are officially professionals.
The deadline for pro clubs to sign their draftees passed late last week, with former Mustangs Mark Mathias, Brian Mundell, Casey Bloomquist and Peter Van Gansen already assigned to minor league farm teams.
Mathias, drafted 93rd overall by the Cleveland Indians, agreed to a signing bonus of $550,000 in a $617,100 slot and will finish out the year at Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley.
Mundell also went on Day 2 of the draft at 197th overall to Colorado, signing for $185,000 ($223,700 slot) and assigned to Short Season Boise.
The MLB does not announce signing bonuses for picks outside of the first 10 rounds.
Van Gansen, the 2015 Big West Defensive Player of the Year, was selected in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres and is playing in Short Season Tri-City.
Bloomquist, a 17th round pick of the Chicago Cubs, agreed to terms and was sent to the Arizona League.
Two seniors also signed with Major League teams. The New York Yankees drafted Zehner in the 18th round and sent him to Short Season Staten Island, and Danny Zandona was picked in the 21st round by the Boston Red Sox and assigned to Short Season Lowell.