One local high school baseball player and two Loyola Marymount University (LMU) players have been given the chance to continue their baseball careers in the big leagues, as they were drafted in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft.
Westchester High School senior center fielder D’Arby Myers was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round of the draft as the 127th overall pick Tuesday, June 6th.
Recent LMU graduate Chris Pettit was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as the 582nd overall pick in the 19th round of the draft Wednesday, June 7th.
Another recent LMU graduate, Kyle Mura, was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals as the 1,275th overall pick in the 42nd round Wednesday, June 7th.
Myers, 17, had already received a full baseball scholarship offer from USC but he said he wanted to pursue his lifelong dream of playing professional baseball.
Myers, who helped lead the Westchester Comets to a second-place finish in the Western League this season, had a batting average of .463, with five home runs, 24 RBIs (runs batted in) and 17 stolen bases.
Mura, the son of former major league baseball player Steve Mura, had been a 49th round pick of the Chicago Cubs in last year’s draft, but returned to LMU for his senior season.
Pettit, a four-year starter for LMU, was selected by a fellow Lion, Angels scout Bobby DeJardin, who played for LMU in 1986-88.
Pettit finished his LMU career ranking in the top ten of all-time in five different offensive categories. Most notably, Pettit was among LMU’s top-five base runners, finishing with 57 career stolen bases.
Baseball America called the San Dimas native the West Coast Conference’s (WCC) best base runner. Pettit completed his four years at LMU with a .304 batting average.
He was a first-team All-WCC selection last year and was a four-time WCC Player of the Week. Pettit was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List heading into his senior season.
Mura, a two-way player for LMU who played mostly at third base, was drafted as a pitcher by the Cardinals.
Last year, he set an LMU record for assists in a game with 12.
Mura was an honorable mention All-WCC pick in 2004 and was named by Baseball America as both the WCC’s “best infield arm” (2005) and “best defensive third baseman” (2006).