Five players from the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) baseball team and two players from the Westchester High School baseball team were selected in the 2005 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft to play on professional teams.
LMU junior pitchers Stephen Kahn and Jeff Stevens and junior outfielder James Cooper were all selected within the first ten rounds of the MLB draft, which was held in New York City Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7th and 8th.
Senior outfielder Joe Frazee and junior third baseman Kyle Mura were the other LMU Lions selected in this year’s draft.
The selection of Kahn, Stevens and Cooper marks the third time in the last six years that LMU has had three of its baseball players selected in the first ten rounds of the draft.
“It shows that we have some quality baseball players who come to LMU and professional baseball recognizes that,” LMU baseball coach Frank Cruz said.
Kahn was the top LMU player in the MLB draft after he was selected by the Seattle Mariners as the 143rd overall pick in the fifth round. Kahn was the 2004 West Coast Conference (WCC) Pitcher of the Year.
Stevens, who finished this season with a 3.33 ERA (earned run average) in WCC play, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round.
Cooper was selected by the New York Yankees in the ninth round. The Philadelphia Phillies selected Frazee in the 25th round and Mura was selected in the 49th round by the Chicago Cubs.
The five players selected in the draft are the most for LMU since the 2000 season. The LMU baseball program has earned 20 MLB Draft selections in the last seven seasons.
Westchester High School also had two of its baseball players chosen by Major League teams this year.
Comet senior catcher George McDonald, who finished the season with a .466 batting average, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 16th round.
Westchester senior shortstop Chris Valencia, who ended the high school season with a .434 batting average and 44 RBIs (runs batted in), was chosen by the New York Yankees in the 41st round.
Westchester finished in second place in the Western League this season and had an overall record of 18-14.
The LMU Lions won their second consecutive West Coast Conference Division title this season and finished with an overall record of 31-27.