Local baseball fans caught the pilot episode of Hawaii 5-Ohio Tuesday morning.
The fifth round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft featured two selections from Hawaii high school graduates.
First, Campbell Saber state champion right handed pitcher Ian Kahaloa was selected 145th overall by the Cincinnati Reds.
Just nine picks later, 2012 Saint Louis graduate, University of Kentucky junior outfielder Ka‘ai Tom got a phone call from the 216 area code 248 miles north in Cleveland. The Indians selected Tom with the 154th overall pick.
Both players told KHON2 that they are leaning toward signing professional contracts, but each will have until July 17 to negotiate a deal or pursue collegiate baseball.
Kahaloa, a University of Hawaii signee, logged a 0.16 earned run average in 44.0 innings pitched with 72 strikeouts for the Sabers this season. His fastball, which generally sits in the low-to-mid 90’s, has been clocked by scouts up to 98 miles-per-hour.
Following a 2014 All-SEC first team selection, Tom had an encore season in 2015 hitting .375 with 5 home runs and 51 runs batted in. The 5’9 185 lb. former Crusader is lauded for an advanced hitting approach, and lightning quick hands.
The MLB draft concludes with rounds 11-40 Wednesday starting at 6 a.m. HST.