University of Hawaii signee and Dana Hills (Calif.) High School left-hander Blake Taylor, was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round, No. 51 overall in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Thursday.
Taylor, who is listed at 6 feet 3, committed to Rainbows Head Coach Mike Trapasso last summer, and is one of five players in the 2013 UH recruiting class ranked in Baseball America’s Top 500 prospects list. Taylor was ranked #55.
The assigned value given to the 51st over pick is $1,065,400. Every pick in the first 10 rounds has an assigned value and teams are allowed to use the total value of each of their picks to sign players, and according to a source on the West Coast, it is “very likely” that Taylor will opt to go pro, and not play baseball in Manoa.
Here are the other Top 500 prospects on the UH recruiting class:
#173) Jake Bauers (1B – Marina, CA)
#219) Kean Wong (C/INF – Waiakea HS)
#359) Iolana Akau (C – Saint Louis)
#388) Marcus Doi (OF – Mid Pacific)
Rounds 3-10 will take place tomorrow, with the final 30 rounds running on Saturday.