TUCSON, Ariz. – Three University of Arizona baseball players were selected Friday during the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Juniors Brandon Dixon, Johnny Field and Konner Wade were each selected between rounds three through seven. Rounds 11 through 40 will be held on Saturday with the possibility of other Wildcat players being drafted.
The first to be drafted on Friday was Dixon, who was selected in the third round with the 92nd overall pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers. A third baseman, Dixon turned in a breakout season as he hit .369 to capture the Pac-12 batting championship. Dixon also was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team and was recognized as a third-team Louisville Slugger All-American.
A native of Murrieta, Calif., Dixon has appeared in 130 career games with 94 starts for the Wildcats. He boasts a .314 average with 119 base hits, 88 runs scored, 66 runs batted in and 38 stolen bases in his career.
In 2013, Dixon became only the third player in school history to tally 50 runs scored, 50 runs batted in and 30 stolen bases in the same season. He is also the first Wildcats since at least 1950 to lead the club in batting average, home runs, runs batted in and stolen bases.
The second player to hear his name called was Field, who was selected in the fifth round with the 158th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays. An outfielder for three seasons with the Wildcats, the Rays drafted Field as a second baseman.
A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Field has turned in a highly decorated career that includes being a two-time Pac-12 All-Conference honoree. He has played in 172 games and made 166 career starts, while racking up a .343 career batting average. Field has 224 base hits, 165 runs scored, 115 runs batted in and 31 stolen bases.
The third player picked was Wade, who was selected in the seventh round with the 199th overall selection by the Colorado Rockies. A right-handed pitcher, Wade has been a key part of the Wildcats' pitching rotation for each of his three seasons, which included two complete game victories at the 2012 College World Series en route to the national championship.
A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Wade has appeared in 53 games and made 42 starts. He boasts a 19-9 career record and a 3.93 earned run average. Wade has tossed 302.2 innings and registered 197 strikeouts, while throwing seven complete games over the last two seasons.
The draft will conclude on Saturday. Coverage on www.mlb.com is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (MST).
DRAFT NOTES: All-time, 223 Arizona baseball players have been drafted, including 84 in the last 15 seasons … Of those 223 selections, 60 have been taken in the first five rounds … A total of 55 players have been drafted since Andy Lopez was named the coach prior to the 2002 season (11 have reached the big leagues) … Dixon became Arizona's highest draft selection since Ryan Perry (Detroit Tigers) and Daniel Schlereth (Arizona Diamondbacks) were picked in the first round of the 2008 draft … Eleven Wildcats have been selected in the first 10 rounds over the last three drafts … Arizona has had at least one pick in 16-conseuvtive drafts with 1997 being the last year a Wildcat was not selected.
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