Cal Poly

Four more Cal Poly players selected on final day of MLB Draft

Cal Poly’s Casey Bloomquist was selected in the 17th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday, going 503rd overall to the Chicago Cubs.
Cal Poly’s Casey Bloomquist was selected in the 17th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday, going 503rd overall to the Chicago Cubs. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

The third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft was held Wednesday with four members of the Cal Poly baseball team selected.

Slick-fielding shortstop Peter Van Gansen was the first Mustang chosen on the day, as the junior was picked in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres. The 2015 Big West Defensive Player of the Year was the 357th overall selection and can choose to return to the Mustangs after hitting a career-best .314 with the first two homers of his tenure in 2014.

Ace right-hander Casey Bloomquist went five rounds later — 503 overall — to the Chicago Cubs. The junior never lost more than two games in each of his three seasons at Cal Poly, compiling a record of 26-6, including wins in his final eight decisions of 2015.

Senior outfielder Zack Zehner, who returned to the Mustangs after being a 2014 seventh-round selection by the Toronto Blue Jays, went in the 18th round — 543rd overall — to the New York Yankees. Zehner, a Santa Barbara City College transfer, was the top run producer for Cal Poly this year. The San Diego native hit .304 as a senior 45 RBI, nine home runs and 11 doubles.

Cal Poly’s final selection came in the 21st round, when the Boston Red Sox drafted right-handed closer Daniel Zandona with the 621st pick. Zandona, a senior from Santa Barbara, recorded seven saves with 63 strikeouts and a 2.95 ERA in 39 2⁄3 innings.

  Comments