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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2009 11:32 am | Updated: 1:12 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Thursday's final day of the Major League Baseball first-year draft brought more East Valley high school and a couple Arizona State players one step closer to the pros.

With rounds 31 through 50 concluding this year's draft, ASU junior second baseman and former Phoenix Brophy standout Raoul Torrez was the first among locals off the board in the 32nd round (981st overall) to the Los Angeles Angels. Torrez could eventually reunite with current ASU teammate Josh Spence, a third round choice by the Angels.

Sun Devil signee and former Tempe McClintock standout Jimmy Patterson was taken in the 34th round by Boston. Another future Sun Devil, Gilbert Highland pitcher James Pazos, went in the 40th round to Tampa.

Kirby Pellant, a football and baseball standout at Tempe Corona del Sol, went in the 38th round to the L.A. Dodgers, while former Central Region rival in third baseman Andrew Allen (Phoenix Desert Vista) is headed to the Detroit organization after being selected in the 43rd round, along with Scottsdale Chaparral third baseman Tyler Williams (White Sox). Allen's teammate at D.V., Cole Pembroke, was nabbed in the 47th round by the Dodgers.

Former Scottsdale Notre Dame outfielder Matthew Ozanne will stay with the hometown Diamondbacks after they took him in the 46th round. He was the first of two Notre Dame kids taken by the D-Backs, as teammate and outfielder Jordan Luvisi was taken by Arizona in the 49th round.

A slew of former East Valley players were also taken. Former Phoenix Mountain Pointe and ASU outfielder Jay Sferra was taken in the 31st round by Washington, along with former Gilbert Highland's Jordan Whatcott to the Angels.

Stephen Cilladi (Mesa Mountain View), Ryan Cisterna (Gilbert) and Matt McConnell (Mesa Dobson) were taken by the Dodgers, Angels and Philadelphia, respectively.

Current and Former East Valley high school players drafted

No.     Name                       Team                     College                            High School

55      Tommy Joseph       San Francisco     (Arizona)                         Scottsdale Horizon

99      Jake Barrett              Toronto                 (Arizona State)               Mesa Desert Ridge

199    Devin Fuller             Tampa                  Chandler-Gilbert CC    Gilbert

205    Trent Stevenson     Pittsburgh            (Arizona)                          Phoenix Brophy

216    Matt Helm                 Arizona                 (Arizona)                         Chandler Hamilton

366    Charles Brewer       Arizona                 UCLA                              Scottsdale Chaparral

472    Sean Nicol               Washington         San Diego                      Phoenix Brophy

665    Merrill Kelly              Cleveland             Yavapai College           Scottsdale Desert Mountain

667    Stetson Banks        L.A. Dodgers        BYU                                 Mesa Mountain View

716    Justin Anderson     Baltimore              Louisana-Monroe        Tempe McClintock

718    Casey Upperman   Atlanta                   (Arizona)                        Scottsdale Notre Dame

875     Xorge Carrillo        Cleveland             Central Arizona CC       Tempe McClintock

876    Jacob Williams      Arizona                  San Diego                      Phoenix Brophy

891    Heath Nichols        L.A. Angels           Southern Idaho             Queen Creek

919    Marcus Jensen      Tampa                   N/A                                  Phoenix Pinnacle

922     J.J. Sferra               Washington          ASU/UNLV                     Mountain Pointe

951     Jordan Whatcott    L.A. Angels           Utah                                Gilbert Highland

997     Stephen Cilladi     L.A. Dodgers        Kansas-Weslyan         Mesa Mountain View

1038   Jimmy Patterson  Boston                   (Arizona State)              Tempe McClintock

1041   Ryan Cisterna       L.A. Angels           Arkansas                       Gilbert

1097   Matt McConnell     Philadelphia         Metro State                    Mesa Dobson

1147   Kirby Pellant          L.A. Dodgers        Marshall                         Corona del Sol

1206   Tim Sherlock         Arizona                  Duke                               Scottsdale Chaparral

1207   Ryan Christenson   L.A. Dodgers     South Mountain CC     Gilbert

1214   Jerome Pena       N.Y. Mets                Western Nevada          Cactus Shadows

1219   James Pazos       Tampa                   (Arizona State)               Gilbert Highland

1280   Trey Ford               Chicago N.L.         Chandler-Gilbert CC   Scottsdale Chaparral

1290   Andrew Allen         Detroit                    Central AZ                     Phoenix Desert Vista

1303   Tyler Williams       Chicago A.L.         N/A                                  Scottsdale Chaparral

1386   Matthew Ozanne   Arizona                  Santa Clara                   Notre Dame

1417   Cole Pembroke    L.A. Dodgers        N/A                                  Phoenix Desert Vista

1476   Jordan Luvisi        Arizona                   N/A                                  Notre Dame

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