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Four Angelenos, a Vaquero, former Falcon selected in final day of MLB draft

Baseball: Four Angelenos, a Vaquero, former Falcon realize Major League dreams on final day of draft.

June 08, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Burbank High graduate and former Crescenta Valley High baseball player Lonnie Kauppila was selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Burbank High graduate and former Crescenta… (Scott Smeltzer/Staff…)

Things finally got moving for a handful of baseball players with local ties on the final day of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Saturday.

While the wait was longer than hoped for a quartet of players who’ve spent time with three different local teams, they all realized their long-time dreams when they were drafted between the 13th and 32nd rounds.

A trio of current Glendale Angelenos — Jimmy Bosco, Aaron Brown and Keaton Leach, who also spent this past regular season at Glendale Community College — were drafted Saturday, while former Crescenta Valley High standout Lonnie Kauppila, Jr. also saw his name on the big board.

Randall Fant, who played with the Angelenos in their debut season in 2011, was also drafted by the Houston Astros in 29th round by the Houston Astros at 857th overall. The left-handed pitcher spent the past year at the University of Arkansas.

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Both Bosco and Kauppila confirmed they’re headed to next level after being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners in the 13th and 16th rounds, respectively. Brown and Leach, who were picked up by the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs in the 30th and 32nd rounds, respectively, said they’re going to take some time before making any decisions.

Bosco’s wait to hear his name called was under a hour Saturday, as he was received a phone call from the Cardinals several minutes before he was selected by them at 395th overall.

“I am really excited, really happy that it was the St. Louis Cardinals, a good organization from top to bottom,” Bosco said. “They were good about scouting me and I am happy with how they’ve treated me.”

Kauppila had anxiously been waiting to hear his name called the past two days after anticipating being drafted between the fourth and eighth rounds.

“He is a little disappointed about that, but he’s happy to go on to the next journey,” said Kauppila’s dad Lonnie Kauppila Sr. “It’s a good opportunity, the [Mariners] aren’t very good and he has an opportunity to move up quickly if he does well.”

Kauppila, who was selected 477th, intends to sign his contract Monday and complete his mandatory physical Thursday or Friday after he finishes the academic year at Stanford University Wednesday.

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