Cal Poly junior right fielder Grant Desme was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of Thursday‚s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Desme was the 74th overall pick in the draft, the fourth-highest selection in Cal Poly baseball history.
The Bakersfield product has not yet announced if he will sign a professional contract, but told The Tribune this past weekend he plans on leaving Cal Poly a year early if picked in the first couple rounds.
He becomes the program's highest pick since left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson was taken in the compensatory first round in 2005 (48th overall). He's the highest position player selected out of Cal Poly since catcher John Orton was drafted by the California Angels in 1987 (25th overall), the highest-ever selection of a Mustang baseball player.
Former Mustangs infielder Dave Oliver was selected by the Cleveland Indians in 1973 with the 53rd overall pick in the third round.
For more on the draft, see Friday's sports section and check out Tribune college beat reporter Brian Milne's running draft blog at http://calpolysportsblog.blogspot.com
The blog will be updated throughout the 45-round draft, which runs through Friday.