Former Kelowna Falcons ace James Paxton selected in 4th round by Seattle

46 collegiate prospects that have played for WCCBL clubs were selected in the 2010 MLB June draft held Monday, June 7 through Wednesday, June 9. The first West Coast League pick for a second consecutive year was 2007 league strikeout leader James Paxton of Kentucky.

Paxton was the 37th overall pick of the 2009 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

The southpaw from Ladner, British Columbia was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 4th round in this year’s draft.

James went 3-5 with a 2.95 ERA over 11 starts while striking out 62 for the Kelowna Falcons in 2007.

Paxton did not pitch this past spring, but went 5-3 and struckout 115 over 78 1/3 innings for Kentucky in 2009.

The next highest WCL alum pick was another ex-Falcon, right-hander Dixon Anderson of the Cal Bears. Anderson was selected in the 6th round by the Baltimore Orioles.

The Corvallis Knights were the WCL club most represented in the draft as 11 Knights were chosen including Oregon State right-hander Greg Peavey (pictured). The Kelowna Falcons were the next most represented WCL team with 8 draftees while 7 Elks, 5 Bells, 4 AppleSox, 3 RiverHawks, 3 Pirates, 2 Sweets, 2 BlueJackets and a Black Bear were drafted.

Player / College Team / WCCBL Team / Pro Team / Round

James Paxton / Kentucky / Kelowna / Seattle / 4th
Dixon Anderson / Cal / Kelowna / Baltimore / 6th
Greg Peavey / Oregon State / Corvallis / NY Mets / 6th
Brett Nicholas / Missouri / Kelowna / Texas / 6th
Kraig Sitton / Oregon State / Spokane / Colorado / 7th
Josh Osich / Oregon State / Corvallis / LA Angels / 7th
Daniel Bibona / UC Irvine / Corvallis / St. Louis / 8th
Drew Heid / Gonzaga / Bend / LA Angels / 9th
Kawika Emsley-Pai / Lewis-Clark State / Bellingham / Arizona / 10th
Jake Rodriguez / Elk Grove HS / Corvallis / LA Angels/ 11th
Taylor Knigge / Lewis-Clark State / Wenatchee / Philadelphia / 12th
Davis Duren / Oklahoma State / Corvallis / Houston / 13th
Colin Walsh / Stanford / Kelowna / St. Louis / 13th
Daniel Wolford / Cal / Moses Lake / Cincinnati / 14th
Tillman Pugh / Sonoma State / Cowlitz / NY Mets / 15th
Ryan Jenkins / Auburn / Kelowna / Kansas City / 18th
Jimmy Patterson / Arizona State / Wenatchee / Tampa Bay / 18th
Michael Hur / UC Riverside / Spokane / Arizona / 20th
Cameron Selik / Kansas / Spokane / Washington / 22nd
Rocky Gale / Portland / Corvallis / San Diego / 24th
Alex Sogard / North Carolina State / Bend / Houston / 26th
Blake Keitzman / Western Oregon / Corvallis / Colorado / 27th
Brian Burke / Lewis-Clark State / Wenatchee / Minnesota / 28th
Derek Poppert / San Francisco / Bend / Seattle / 30th
Jeff Ames / Lower Columbia College / Wenatchee / Colorado / 30th
Karsten Strieby / Arizona Western / Walla Walla / Chicago Cubs / 30th
Jeremy Mayo / Texas Tech / Kelowna / Washington / 31st
Steven Sultzbaugh / Rice / Corvallis / Arizona / 31st
Dusty Harvard / Oklahoma State / Bend / Chicago White Sox / 34th
Steve Tinoco / Long Beach State / Moses Lake / Tampa Bay / 34th
Kris Carlson / Wenatchee Valley / Moses Lake / Kansas City / 35th
Taylor Ard / Mt. Hood CC / Corvallis / Florida / 35th
Beau Brett / USC / Bellingham / LA Dodgers / 35th
Forrest Snow / Washington / Bend / Seattle / 36th
Jason Kudlock / Cal State Bakersfield / Kelowna / Texas / 36th
Michael Weber / Washington State / Bend / Arizona / 37th
Seth Harvey / Washington State / Bellingham / Milwaukee / 37th
Pierce Rankin / Washington / Bellingham / Toronto / 38th
Dustin Emmons / UC Riverside / Corvallis / Florida / 40th
Brian Heere / Kansas / Kitsap / Cleveland / 41st
Kevin Williams / Crespi Carmelite HS / Walla Walla / LA Dodgers / 42nd
Jacob Shadle / Green River CC / Kitsap / San Francisco / 44th
Adam Melker / Cal Poly / Corvallis / St. Louis / 44th
Ray Hanson / Cypress College / Bellingham / San Francisco / 47th
James Mahler / Salt Lake CC / Bend / Atlanta / 48th
Dan Pellegrino / UC Riverside / Kelowna / San Francisco / 49th