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Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:28 am | Updated: 2:03 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A few more high school and college baseball players with East Valley ties were chosen during Wednesday's Day 2 of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, and a few more are likely to come off the board Thursday.

Former Gilbert High standout Devin Fuller was taken in the 6th round (199th overall) by Tampa. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder Fuller was 3-2 with a 2.36 earned run average, 72 strikeouts and 21 walks over 53 innings for Chandler-Gilbert Community College this season. Originally an Arizona State signee, Fuller was drafted in the 14th round out of high school in 2007, and he wound up at CGCC because of academics.

Both Phoenix Brophy shortstop Trent Stevenson (205th overall) and Chandler Hamilton pitcher Matt Helm (214th overall) were taken in the 7th round by Pittsburgh and the Diamondbacks, respectively. The D-Backs stayed local and took Stevenson's teammate, Broncos first baseman Jacob Williams in the 29th round. He's the son of former Diamondback slugger Matt Williams.

Though he has limited experience pitching, Stevenson was 7-2 with a 3.91 E.R.A for Brophy and impressed scouts while his frame (6-foot-6, 170 pounds) has room for growth.

Williams hit .341 with 22 runs and 19 RBIs. He also went 4-1 with a 2.39 E.R.A. on the mound, though most scouts and baseball projections peg him as an infielder.

Helm was supposed to be the Huskies ace on the mound, but a series of injuries prevented him from pitching for most of the season. The third baseman hit .303 with a home run and nine RBIs in 33 at-bats, as he only played the final few weeks of the season.

Former Scottsdale Chaparral pitcher Charles Brewer (UCLA) was taken by the D-Backs at No. 366 and Scottsdale Notre Dame pitcher Casey Upperman was taken in the 24th round by Atlanta.

Scottsdale Horizon catcher Tommy Joseph was the first E.V. high schooler off the board when he went in Tuesday's second round (No. 55 overall) to Cleveland. Mesa Desert Ridge pitcher Jake Barrett was chosen midway through the third round (No. 99) by Toronto.

The draft concludes with rounds 31 through 50 on Thursday morning. Coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. and can be viewed at

Current and Former East Valley high school players drafted (through Round 30)

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

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[Stats Courtesy of MaxPreps]