Although he had to wait a little longer than he was hoping Thursday night, Alex Verdugo can finally call himself a professional baseball player.

The Sahuaro graduate, who turned 18 less than a month ago, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an outfielder with the 62nd pick overall in the first day of MLB draft. Tommy Lasorda, the club’s former longtime manager, announced the second-round selection for the team on the live broadcast on MLB Network.

“It was awesome, just to hear my name was awesome,” said Verdugo, who was also a left-handed pitcher. “I’m just really excited that I got called on the first day. I’m going to prove that, even though I was picked where I was, I’m one of the best.”

Verdugo said he will sign with the organization and opt out of his scholarship to play for Arizona State.

“Something I’ve dreamed about is to be in the major leagues,” Verdugo said. “Just to know that I’m on my way there and I’m taking the right steps forward to get there just drives me insane thinking about it.”

Read more in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.

Contact high school sports coordinator Daniel Gaona at or 807-7761. On Twitter @DanielGaona13