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 mlb.com
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