Gonzalez was coming off his freshman year at GCC, but for Nacapoy, who finished up his senior year at Cal State L.A. in the spring, there was no going back. The former Falcon said he was contemplating a free-agent route to the big leagues or an independent league stint before he finally got the news from Cal State L.A. teammate Daniel Duran that he had been taken with just two rounds left to go.
"I was getting nervous. ...[Duran] said look at the draft board and right when I looked was when my name popped up," said Nacapoy, a catcher, who batted .361 with two home runs and eight runs batted in in 24 games this season. "It was surreal. I had to stare at it to make sure it was me."
Nacapoy said the Rays' area scout had brought him in for a workout recently at Cal Poly Pomona. Nacapoy said he's now waiting for a call from the Rays to find out where his journey to the pros will begin.