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Update: Twitter reactions to Arizona Wildcats’ record day in MLB Draft

The MLB Draft usually signals a time of significant change for a college baseball program such as Arizona.

This year holds true to that, but the Wildcats and coach Jay Johnson are getting a tremendous image boost with six players chosen in the first 10 rounds for the first time in the program’s illustrious history. Arizona tied Kentucky and Oregon State for the most with that total.

If this was football, it would be the equivalent of Alabama placing that many that high.

And that does not include two recruits going in the first round Monday.

In terms of change, not only will the Wildcats most likely lose prized recruits Matthew Liberatore and Nick Gorman, the first-round selections from the Phoenix area, but juniors Cesar Salazar, Alfonso Rivas, Cody Deason and Michael Flynn are also potentially gone after getting drafted in the first seven rounds today.

Senior right-hander Tylor Megill and senior outfielder Cal Stevenson were also selected. Megill went in the eighth round to the New York Mets and Stevenson in the 10th to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Megill and Stevenson are two of 10 seniors Johnson must replace next season. Also likely losing Liberatore, Gorman, Salazar, Rivas, Deason and Flynn, that’s 16 spots that will likely have different faces on the Arizona roster next season.

Here are Twitter reactions of the Arizona players and recruits chosen thus far in the MLB Draft:

Alfonso Rivas, 1B

Oakland Athletics, fourth round

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Cody Deason, RHP

Houston Astros, fifth round

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Michael Flynn, RHP

Pittsburgh Pirates, sixth round

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Cesar Salazar, C

Houston Astros, seventh round

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Tylor Megill, RHP

New York Mets, eighth round

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Cal Stevenson, OF

Toronto Blue Jays, 10th round

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Matthew Liberatore, LHP

Tampa Bay Rays, first round

Nolan Gorman, 3B

St. Louis Cardinals, first round

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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