Nine baseball stars who played collegiate and/or high school ball in Utah had their names called during this week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which took place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Jackson Cluff, a Brigham Young University shortstop from Meridian, Idaho, who has family ties to Tooele County, was the Beehive State’s top draftee, going in Tuesday’s sixth round to the Washington Nationals with the 183rd overall pick. University of Utah second baseman Oliver Dunn, recently named a Third Team All-American, went in the 11th round (345th overall) to the New York Yankees, and Cottonwood High School pitcher Porter Hodge was drafted in the 13th round (402nd overall) by the Chicago Cubs.
Utah Valley University pitcher Paxton Schultz was picked in the 14th round (433rd overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers, while former Pine View High School star Dakota Donovan of Central Arizona College was picked in the 16th round (481st overall) to the Los Angeles Angels and Dixie State University pitcher Jayden Murray went to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 23rd round (698th overall). Wil Jensen, a Cottonwood High product who pitches collegiately at Pepperdine, was picked in the 28th round (854th overall) by the Oakland Athletics. Dixie High School shortstop Kayler Yates (31st round, 941st overall to the Los Angeles Dodgers) and Spanish Fork High School pitcher Cy Nielson (40th round, 1,210th overall to the Cleveland Indians) were the state’s other draftees.