Three MW Student-Athletes Taken in First Round of 2013 MLB Draft

June 6, 2013
Updated June 9, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A new standard was set on Thursday night as three Mountain West baseball student-athletes were selected in Round 1 of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. New Mexico corner infielder DJ Peterson was the No. 12 pick overall by the Seattle Mariners, the second-highest pick in MW history. Right-hander Braden Shipley of Nevada followed three spots later at the No. 15 selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The New York Yankees made Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge the No. 32 pick overall.

Peterson, Shipley and Judge became the fifth, sixth and seventh First Round draft picks in Mountain West baseball history. Royce Ring, a left-handed pitcher for San Diego State, was the league's first Round 1 pick in 2002 at No. 18 overall by the Chicago White Sox. TCU righty Andrew Cashner was the next First Round selection at No. 19 in 2008 by the Chicago Cubs. A year later, the league saw San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg become a No. 1 overall pick by the Washington Nationals. Former two-time MW Player of the Year C.J. Cron of Utah was the No. 17 pick for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011.

The Mountain West ended up with 22 picks over the 40 rounds, tying for the third-most selections in league history.

MW BASEBALL STUDENT-ATHLETES SELECTED
IN 2013 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
Round Overall Pick Name Pos. Institution MLB Team
1 12 DJ Peterson 3B New Mexico Seattle Mariners
1 15 Braden Shipley RHP Nevada Arizona Diamondbacks
1 32 Aaron Judge OF Fresno State New York Yankees
6 190 Sam Wolff RHP New Mexico Texas Rangers
7 209 Buddy Borden RHP UNLV Pittsburgh Pirates
9 260 Mitch Garver C New Mexico Minnesota Twins
9 272 Tyler Linehan LHP Fresno State Milwaukee Brewers
10 295 Garrett Custons C Air Force Toronto Blue Jays
10 309 Austin Wynns C Fresno State Baltimore Orioles
12 374 Philip Walby RHP San Diego State New York Yankees
14 413 Jake Romanski C San Diego State Boston Red Sox
18 536 Brent McMinn RHP Nevada New York Mets
19 584 Andy Beresford RHP UNLV New York Yankees
21 620 Tyler Stirewalt RHP Fresno State Minnesota Twins
21 637 Alex Allbritton INF New Mexico Los Angeles Angels
22 672 Ethan Miller RHP San Diego State San Francisco Giants
24 727 Mark Shannon OF UNLV Los Angeles Angels
25 747 Will Mathis LHP New Mexico Seattle Mariners
26 792 Jake McCasland RHP New Mexico San Francisco Giants
28 854 Trent Garrison C Fresno State New York Yankees
36 1,087 Brandon Bayardi OF UNLV Los Angeles Angels
37 1,097 Josh Melendez OF New Mexico Houston Astros