The Rancho Bernardo High baseball program showed exactly why it is referred to by many as “The Factory” over this past week.
The Broncos had five players chosen – two current and three former – in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which aired live on the MLB Network Thursday and concluded Saturday with the 40th round.
Arizona State right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams, a 2010 Rancho Bernardo graduate, was selected by the Miami Marlins with the 44th overall pick and Broncos senior second baseman Gosuke Katoh was taken by the New York Yankees with the 66th overall pick. Both selections were made in the second round.
“I was sitting on the couch waiting around and I wasn’t expecting my name to be called …,” Katoh said of the moment leading up to his selection. “…Then I looked up at the TV and they said ‘with the 66th pick, the Yankees select Gosuke Katoh and I couldn’t believe it.”
James Dykstra (2010 Rancho Bernardo graduate), Max Homick (2011) and Parker Bugg (2013) rounded out the players with Broncos’ ties selected by Major League Baseball organizations.
“It is pretty cool to have five kids get drafted,” said the right-handed pitcher Bugg, who was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 34th round (1,029th overall). “It just kind of shows that after we leave RB we keep going. Everyone seems to put themselves in a pretty good position whether they are coming out of high school or college. A lot of high schools get one and it is cool, but having five is insane.”
Dykstra, a Cal State San Marcos senior right-handed pitcher was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round (183rd overall) and Homick, a University of San Diego sophomore left-handed pitcher, was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 32nd round (969 overall).
Williams, who will get a contract offer worth more than a million dollars, and Homick both have the option to return to their respective colleges rather than sign with the teams that drafted them. Bugg has the option to take his scholarship to Louisiana State University or sign with the Orioles.
“It is a great honor to be drafted no matter if you are the first pick or the last pick; it means someone wants you,” said Bugg, who missed the last half of the season after discovering he had a stress fracture in his foot. “I also am honored to be in this position, where I have to make a choice.”
Katoh, who signed a scholarship to UCLA earlier this year, as of Saturday had not inked his name on a pro contract with the Yankees, which should be worth at least $780,000. But the 6-foot, 2-inch, 180-pound left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower seems to have his heart set on joining the Yankees’ organization.
“If everything works out like it should with no road bumps, then I should be a Yankee by next week,” he said last Thursday.
Poway graduates Austin Wynns and Brett Thomas were also selected in the draft. Wynns, a catcher at Fresno State and 2009 graduate of Poway, was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round (309th overall). Thomas, a junior outfielder at the University of Oregon and a 2010 graduate of Poway, was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the 21st round (627th overall).
Wynns, who was a walk-on at Fresno State before earning a scholarship, hit .279 with three homers and 12 doubles in his senior season for the Bulldogs. He also threw out 50-percent of base stealers from behind the plate.
Thomas hit .317 with two home runs and 15 doubles for the Ducks this season. He has the option to return to college for another year or sign with the Mariners. The deadline to sign pro contracts for players selected in the First-Year Player Draft is July 12.