June 06, 2012
The 2012 Major League First-Year Player Draft has concluded, and seven Cal baseball players have been selected by big league clubs:
Tony Renda: 80th overall, 2nd round, Washington Nationals
Chadd Krist: 284th overall, 9th round, Chicago Cubs
Mitch Delfino: 628th overall, 20th round, San Francisco Giants
Justin Jones: 790th overall, 26th round, Minnesota Twins
Matt Flemer: 828th overall, 26th round, Colorado Rockies
Danny Oh: 847th overall, 27th round, New York Yankees
Joey Donofrio: 960th overall, 31st round, St. Louis Cardinals
Of the three juniors selected -- Renda, Delfino and Jones -- two are very likely to return. Renda will sign his contract on Friday after a Thursday appearance on the Bear Republic Podcast, so he's gone, but the key here will be Jones and Delfino.
Delfino had a 15th-round cutoff, but being drafted by the hometown Giants may play into him possibly leaving.
A source within the program has said that Jones is definitely returning, which will make the Bears pitching staff very, very deep.
Jones's return will put him immediately into the Friday-night slot in the pitching rotation, and he will likely be followed by big righty Logan Scott and junior lefty Kyle Porter, who struggled through injury as a sophomore and only logged 20.1 innings after a Freshman All-American season.
That will likely move junior lefty Michael Theofanopoulos into a weekday role, along with soft-tossing sophomore lefty Chris Muse-Fisher and sophomore control specialist Keaton Siomkin, not to mention incoming power pitcher Cal Becker and 6-foot-6 righty Ryan Mason. Becker could also slot into Porter's former role as a late-inning reliever, getting him ready for a starting role as a sophomore. Young staff? Yes. Talented? You bet.
If Delfino does indeed return, he will add a heap of power to the lineup, particularly at the corners. The power tandem of Delfino and first baseman Devon Rodriguez -- who missed the season with a freak knee injury -- will anchor the middle of the lineup, and provide a veteran presence on the infield.
Cal committed a conference-worst 97 errors this season, and Delfino himself booted 17 balls -- more than his career total of 11 heading into 2012. With a healthy arm and another summer of wooden-bat league experience, Delfino should rebound to be a stabilizing force at the hot corner.
The draft may also change the Bears' recruiting class, but only a bit. Powerful first baseman and corner outfielder Nick Halamandaris out of Monterey (Calif.) Robert Lewis Stevenson was chosen 251st overall in the eighth round by the Seattle Mariners.
Also a tight end on his high school's football team, Halamandaris has been named to Monterey County Herald's All-County baseball team the last two years. He was also 2011 first-team Mission Trial Athletic League and finished last season with 38 hits, 11 multi-hit games, nine doubles, a triple, four home runs and 29 RBI.
Halamandaris has yet to respond to queries about his future, but BearTerritory.net will have the latest as soon as it's available.
CF SR Darrell Matthews (L)
DH JR Mike Reuvekamp (R)
1B SR Devon Rodriguez (L)
C JR Andrew Knapp (S)
3B SR Mitch Delfino (R)
LF SO Chris Paul (R)
RF SR Vince Bruno (L)
2B SO Brenden Farney (L)
SS JR Derek Campbell (R)