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MLB Draft Preview: How High Will Nick Gonzales Go?

MLB DRAFT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 10: Round 1 (4 p.m.)
Thursday, June 11: Round 2-5 (2 p.m.)
(Teams can sign an unlimited number of undrafted players for $20,000.)

Former Tucson High standout Eddie Leon was drafted No. 3 in the June Secondary Phase in 1966, making his selection the highest draft ever from Southern Arizona. Leon was also drafted No. 9 in 1965 in the Regular Phase.

Former Sahuaro standout Sam Khalifa was drafted No. 7 in the 1982 Regular Phase and former Sunnyside standout Ramon Rosthenhausler was drafted No. 10 in the 1984 Secondary Phase.

Former Sabino softball standout Molly Johnson was taken No. 2 in the 2010 NPF Draft and former Cholla standout Sean Elliott went No. 3 in the 1989 NBA Draft.

TOP TEN SOUTHERN ARIZONA PRO DRAFTS

No. 2: 2010: Molly Johnson, Sabino (NPF)
No. 3: 1989: Sean Elliott, Cholla (NBA)
No. 3: 1966: Eddie Leon, Tucson (MLB 2nd Phase)
No. 4: 2014: Estela Piñon, Sunnyside (NPF)
No. 6: 1984: Mossy Cade, Santa Cruz (NFL)
No. 7: 1982: Sam Khalifa, Sahuaro (MLB)
No. 9: 1965: Eddie Leon, Tucson (MLB)
No. 10: 1984: Ramon Rosthenhausler, Sunnyside (MLB 2nd Phase)
No. 10: 2002: Levi Jones, Santa Cruz (NFL)

Nick Gonzales playing for Rincon Little League in 2012 (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2020 MOCK DRAFT PROSPECTS FROM ARIZONA

ROUND 1
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State: Projected No. 1-2
Nick Gonzales, 2B, Cienega/New Mexico State: Projected from No. 4-7
Austin Wells, C, Arizona (Yankees, 35th RD 2018): Projected from No. 21 – 28.

Nick Gonzales playing for Cienega. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

DRAFT ORDER/SLOT VALUES

Nick Gonzales Summer League All-Star (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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