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Second day of MLB Draft sees little action for local hopefuls

Baseball: Angeleno Alex Muren is lone local to be selected in first 15 rounds of 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

June 05, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

NORTHWEST GLENDALE — When Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, who was widely projected as a potential No. 1 pick, fell all the way to eighth on the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Monday, the writing was on the wall for some draft day disappointment.

The theme certainly carried over for local prospects hoping to hear their name called on Tuesday when the draft resumed for the second through 15th rounds.

Right-handed pitcher Alex Muren, a member of last season's inaugural Glendale Angelenos squad, was the only player with local ties to be selected Tuesday, as he was scooped up by the Minnesota Twins with the 370th overall pick in the 12th round.

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Even that was a slip from what some had prognosticated for the Cal State Northridge junior, but not compared to the waiting-in-vain game that befell some other local athletes.

"I'm definitely surprised not just about myself, but there's guys that I've played with that definitely should have gone a lot higher and didn't," said Crescenta Valley High senior Troy Mulcahey, who had hoped to be taken early on Tuesday, but instead will have to wait until today when rounds 16-50 play out. "In my eyes the draft was really [unpredictable]. No one knew that a bunch of these guys that were supposed to go in the first round were going in the 10th and 11th, so it's a big shock to a lot of us."

Mulcahey was referring to fellow high school seniors Trey Williams from Valencia and Virant Hunter from Adolfo Camarillo, who both ended up going later than expected in the 11th round.

A four-year starter for the Falcons, Mulcahey seemed to indicate he is now leaning toward playing college ball whether or not he is drafted today.

"[I'll be watching] just to see where I'm going to go," Mulcahey said. "As of right now, obviously I'm looking at the draft, but now I'm starting to look at colleges. Maybe [I'll] go for a year and try to get drafted higher. As of right now, I don't know. We'll see."

Muren, an Angelenos all-star last summer, went 5-8 for the Matadors with a 5.30 earned-run average while striking out 47 batters in 91 2/3 innings.

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