Two Wildcats, five local players picked in MLB draft Saturday

2014-06-08T00:00:00Z 2014-06-08T11:22:02Z Two Wildcats, five local players picked in MLB draft SaturdayBy Daniel Berk and Daniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The first time Trent Gilbert was drafted, he ended up in detention.

Saturday, when he was selected for a second time, he stayed clear of trouble.

The Arizona Wildcats second baseman was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday. He was the 462nd overall pick.

When Gilbert was drafted in the 40th round of the 2011 draft out of Torrance (Calif.) High School, he answered the call letting him know he had been selected during class and ended up getting in trouble.

“I was able to enjoy it this time,” Gilbert said laughing. “This was a lot different than high school. I knew more what to expect and had an idea of what to watch.”

The junior hit .324 with 16 doubles, eight triples and 39 RBIs for the Wildcats this season. He started all 55 games for the second straight year and thought he might go higher than he did.

“There was definitely a little bit of relief, because I was kinda thinking I’d go earlier,” Gilbert said. “Once it got later, I was just happy to see my name go off the board.”

The second baseman was one of two UA players taken Saturday. Right-handed pitcher Tyler Parmenter was selected by Cincinnati in the 21st round.

The Yuma Cibola High product came to the UA as an infielder but switched to pitching before last season. He had a 4.91 ERA in 29⅓ innings as a junior this season.

In all, Arizona had three players taken in the draft. Pitcher James Farris was selected in the ninth round by the Cubs on Friday.

Juniors Riley Moore, Mat Troupe and sophomore pitcher Cody Hamlin all went undrafted.

The UA had four incoming recruits selected on the final day of the draft: pitcher Jordan Yamamoto (12th round, Brewers), first baseman J.J. Matijevic (22nd round, Red Sox), outfielder Darius Day (23rd round, Rangers) and pitcher Cameron Avila (29th round, Twins). All four signed letters of intent with Arizona and now have until July 19 to either sign with their organizations or attend the UA.

5 local players picked

Luis Gamez figured he’d be selected in the MLB draft sometime Saturday, he just wasn’t expecting to hear his name called so early.

In fact, the Cienega grad was still sitting in bed when the Braves called his name in the 11th round with the 343th pick overall, causing Gamez to wonder if he was actually dreaming.

“I had to pinch myself a little bit; I had to take a shower, soak it all in,” said Gamez, a 6-foot-2-inch 175-pound right-handed pitcher. “I guess they really wanted me, so I have to live up to the expectations now.”

Also Saturday, former Empire and Pima College left-hander Cole Plouck was selected by the Nationals in the 16th round with the 484th pick overall. Plouck, 20, said he was hoping to hear his name called Friday but was thankful even with the wait since he was a walk-on at Pima two years ago and didn’t even plan on playing.

“I’m looking forward to being surrounded with all the good players in the minors and having to compete with them,” Plouck said. “I feel like that’s the best way to get better. Hopefully I can put myself in a position to be playing major-league baseball in four years.”

Nicco Blank, a sophomore at Central Arizona, was drafted by the New York Mets in the 25th round. The 5-11 pitcher went 10-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 88 strikeouts for the Vaqueros last seasons.

Andre Jackson, who graduated from Cienega last month, was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 32nd round. He said he is undecided whether he will sign to play professional baseball or if he will spend at least the next three seasons playing for Utah, with whom he signed last November.

Former Nogales and Pima College right-hander Keith Zuniga, a redshirt junior at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 35th round.

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk.

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