Five baseball players with Utah ties were selected in the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball first-year player draft Saturday.
BYU sophomore pitcher Kolton Mahoney and Dixie State pitcher Bubba Blau were both selected by the Milwaukee Brewers, while the Chicago White Sox drafted Utah pitcher Tanner Banks and the Los Angeles Dodgers selected BYU shortstop Tanner Chauncey.
Oregon State infielder Kavin Keyes, a product of Alta High School, was also drafted by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
The White Sox drafted Banks in the 18th round, 528th overall. Banks, a Riverton native, became the third Utes pitcher taken in the draft. Fellow Utah pitchers Mitch Watrous and Nick Green were each taken in the second day of the draft.
Banks posted a 5.71 ERA with the Utes this past season. The lefty went 2-7 in 18 games. Prior to Utah, he posted a 2.24 combined ERA in two years at Salt Lake Community College.
Milwaukee selected Mahoney and Blau in back-to-back rounds. Mahoney went in the 23rd round, 686th overall. Milwaukee stayed in the Beehive State for the 24th round, selecting Blau 716th overall.
Mahoney, who is also a Northridge High School alumnus, went 6-6 with a 3.97 ERA this past season, allowing just 75 hits in 88 1/3 innings.
Blau, a product of Roy High School, posted a 2.92 ERA in 16 games with Dixie State this year. The righty struck out 17 batters in 12 1/3 innings. He previously played at Cochise College in Arizona before joining the Red Storm last year.
The Dodgers selected Chauncey in the 35th round with the 1,059th overall pick.Comment on this story
Chauncey, who has been serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, last played with the Cougars in 2012. He led the Cougars in hitting as a freshman that year, batting .328 in 33 games. He collected 17 RBIs and scored 20 runs.
The final pick from Utah was Keyes, who was selected in the 39th round by the Mariners, 1161st overall.
The Sandy native was batting .329 with 10 extra base hits and 23 RBIs for the Beavers this season, despite missing time with a thumb injury. The switch hitter batted .292 in four years with Oregon State. He also collected 102 RBIs in that time.