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Cal Poly’s John Schuknecht, Brett Barbier taken on final day of MLB Draft

jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Cal Poly senior outfielder John Schuknecht and redshirt junior utility player Brett Barbier each were chosen on the final day of the three-day 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday.

Barbier was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 16th round (467th overall), and Schuknecht was taken by the Los Angeles Angels on Anaheim in the 37th round (1,116th overall).

Barbier played first base, catcher, left field and center field for the Mustangs, while Schuknecht played right field.

Barbier earned a All-Big West first-team selection last week, was Cal Poly’s top hitter and was third in the Big West with a .352 average.

Barbier led the conference in on-base percentage (.492), was second in walks (41), hit by pitches (17) and plate appearances (262), fourth in runs scored (41), sixth in slugging percentage (.482) and hits (70), seventh in total bases (96) and 10th in doubles.

Barbier also had hitting streaks of 16, 12 and 11 games on the year and reached base safely in 56 of Cal Poly’s 57 games this season. Barbier, a redshirt in 2013, has one more season of eligibility, but he graduated this week with a degree in business administration. According to an athletic department news release, Barbier hopes to join Cal Poly’s graduate business program and play another season with the Mustangs.

Schuknecht hit .265 in his final year as a Mustang, tallying 15 doubles, two triples and six home runs and had a Big West-leading 49 RBI. The senior was named Big West Field Player of the Week three times this season.

Schuknecht had 18 multiple-hit games and made 54 starts — 51 in right field, one in center field and two as designated hitter.

The pair join junior right-hander Justin Calomeni as the three Mustangs drafted this year. Calomeni was drafted by the Rockies in the ninth round (260th overall) on Friday.

Scott Ogrin, a Cal Poly recruit who signed a letter of intent in November, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 27th round on Saturday (813th overall).

Ogrin hit .412 for Valencia High School with 11 doubles and three home runs en route to first-team All-Foothill League honors. Ogrin also was the Foothill League Most Valuable Player and Santa Clarita player of the year as a junior.

A total of 1,216 players were taken over the 40 rounds of the draft.

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