Arizona Wildcats baseball: Three more Cats selected on final day of MLB draft

2013-06-08T11:16:00Z 2013-06-08T17:05:10Z Arizona Wildcats baseball: Three more Cats selected on final day of MLB draftDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 08, 2013 11:16 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats had three more players selected today on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball draft.

Right-handed pitcher James Farris became the fourth UA player to be picked when he was selected by the Houston Astros with the first pick of the 15th round.

Senior right-handed pitcher Nick Cunningham was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 20th round. Lefty Augey Bill will also join the Orioles organization as a 39th round selection.

The Wildcats had six players picked in this year's draft. Third baseman Brandon Dixon, outfielder Johnny Field and pitcher Konner Wade were all selected Friday in the first 10 rounds.

Farris was 5-5 with a 4.18 ERA this season for the Wildcats. He threw 99 innings, giving up 89 hits and striking out 73. The Gilbert native's best moment in a Wildcats uniform came in 2012 as a sophomore when he pitched 7 2/3 innings against South Carolina to clinch the College World Series championship for the UA.

Farris, who just finished his junior season, will have the option of signing with the Astros or returning to Arizona for his senior year.

As seniors, Cunningham and Bill will definitely begin their professional careers with the Orioles organization.

Cunningham, an Indianapolis native pitched just 28 1/3 innings for the Wildcats this season with a 5.72 ERA. However, the righty throws in the low 90s and his strong arm intrigued professional scouts.

Bill had a productive senior season for the Wildcats out of the bullpen serving as a lefty specialist. The 6-foot-9-inch lefty had a 1.98 ERA in 27 1/3 innings with a 4-1 record.

Two other players with Tucson ties were also selected on Saturday. Pima Community College pitcher Hyrum Formo was picked by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 27th round. Ironwood Ridge's Jake Matthews was picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 38th round.

The UA also saw two of its incoming players picked today. Billy Roth, a high school right-handed pitcher from California, was selected in the 16th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Willie Calhoun, a second baseman also from California, was picked one round later by the Rays.

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