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Arizona Wildcats update on third day of MLB draft


Arizona’s number of players drafted in the MLB draft increased to seven Wednesday with the selections of right-hander Chase Silseth in the 11th round by the Anaheim Angels, second baseman Kobe Kato in the 13th round by the Houston Astros and right-hander Austin Smith in the 18th round by the Atlanta Braves.

Silseth was taken as 321st pick overall after MLB.com project him as the 157th-best prospect. Kato (a former walk-on who was a utility player before this season) was the 388th player selected in the draft and Smith was the 547th pick.

The Arizona players drafted:

RoundPickTeamNamePosValue
CB-B70team logoRyan HolgateOF$906.8K
382team logoBranden BoissiereOF$744.2K
4106team logoDonta’ WilliamsOF$549.0K
9275team logoGil LunaP$152.0K
11321team logoChase SilsethP
13388team logoKobe Kato2B
18547team logoAustin SmithP

A potential future Arizona player who had signed as a recruit — Las Vegas Bishop Gorman outfielder Tyler Whitaker — was drafted by the Houston Astros in the third round as the 87th pick overall. According to MLB.com, his slot value is $689,300.

In other Arizona baseball news, the Wildcats’ have lost three players in the transfer portal — infielder Kyson Donahue is the most recent committing to Hawaii (he is from Honolulu). Pitcher/first baseman TJ Curd, who redshirted in 2021 as a freshman, is transferring closer to home to Jacksonville, and designated hitter Jacob Berry followed former coach Jay Johnson to LSU.

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