The MLB June draft kicked off on Thursday, June 5 and concludes today; Saturday, June 7. There were no WCL alums or current WCLers drafted on day one (first round), but several were picked yesterday; the first WCL pick being former Kelowna Falcon Connor Joe of San Diego, who was selected 39th overall as a Competitive Balance Round A pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Walla Walla Sweets lefty Matt Imhof of Cal Poly was selected in the second round by the Philadelphia Phillies (47th overall).
Shortly after Imhof’s selection, former WCL home run champion Taylor Sparks of UC Irvine was picked by the Cincinnati Reds (58th overall). Both Imhof and Sparks played in the West Coast League in 2012. Joe played for the Falcons in 2011.
Over the first 10 rounds, nineteen WCLers were selected.
* Connor Joe of San Diego (Kelowna), Competitive Balance Round A, Pittsburgh Pirates
* Matt Imhof of Cal Poly (Walla Walla), SECOND ROUND, Philadelphia Phillies
* Taylor Sparks of UC Irvine (Wenatchee), SECOND ROUND, Cincinnati Reds
* Jace Fry of Oregon State (Corvallis), THIRD ROUND, Chicago White Sox
* Nick Torres of Cal Poly (Corvallis), FOURTH ROUND, San Diego Padres
* Brent Jones of Cornell (Bend), FOURTH ROUND, Arizona Diamondbacks
* Jeff Brigham of Washington (Bend), FOURTH ROUND, Los Angeles Dodgers
* Rhys Hoskins of Sacramento State (Kitsap), FIFTH ROUND, Philadelphia Phillies
* Shane Zeile of UCLA (Walla Walla), FIFTH ROUND, Detroit Tigers
* Trace Loehr, Oregon State commit (Corvallis), SIXTH ROUND, Oakland A’s
* Reed Reilly of Cal Poly (Kitsap), SEVENTH ROUND, Boston Red Sox
* Tommy Thorpe of Oregon (Klamath Falls), EIGHTH ROUND, Chicago Cubs
* Connor Spencer of UC Irvine (Wenatchee), EIGHTH ROUND, New York Yankees
* Ben Wetzler of Oregon State (Corvallis), NINTH ROUND, Miami Marlins
* Nick Vilter of UC Riverside (Walla Walla), NINTH ROUND, San Diego Padres
* Austin Byler of Nevada-Reno (Klamath Falls), NINTH ROUND, Washington Nationals
* Scott Schultz of Oregon State (Corvallis), TENTH ROUND, Arizona Diamondbacks
* Matt Page of Oklahoma Baptist (Medford), TENTH ROUND, Washington Nationals
* Seth Spivey of Abilene Christian (Bend), TENTH ROUND, Texas Rangers