MLB DRAFT: Cesar Salazar, Matt Duce, Nick Ames, Zach Malis, Miguel Figueroa, George Arias & Ian Mejia

Local high school products taken in the 2018 Major League Draft:

ROUND 7 (222) Cesar Salazar (Sahuaro) University of Arizona: Houston Astros

Cesar Salazar (Andy Morales/

ROUND 9 (273) Matt Duce (Buena) Dallas Baptist: St. Louis Cardinals

Matt Duce (Andy Morales/

ROUND 15 (435) Nick Ames (Canyon del Oro) UNLV: Detroit Tigers

Nick Ames (Andy Morales/

ROUND 24 (705) Zach Malis (Desert Christian) Grand Canyon: Detroit Tigers

Zach Malis (Andy Morales/

ROUND 24 (732) Miguel Figueroa (Tucson) Oklahoma City: Houston Astros

Miguel Figueroa (Andy Morales/

ROUND 34 (1,011) George Arias (Tucson) Arizona Recruit: San Diego Padres

George Arias (Andy Morales/

ROUND 35 (1,040) Ian Mejia (Sahuarita) Arizona Recruit: New York Mets

Ian Mejia (Andy Morales/


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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