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COC's House taken in 6th round by A's

• Rays take Beckham No. 1 overall

Posted: June 6, 2008 2:10 a.m.
Updated: August 7, 2008 5:02 a.m.

College of the Canyons leftfielder Tyreace House was selected in the sixth round by the Oakland Athletics, 184th overall.

"Speechless, shocked," said House of his reaction.

Though the sophomore has his pick of NAIA schools, he'll most likely be wearing a minor league uniform next year.

"I think that he would really like to sign," College of the Canyons head coach Chris Cota said.

House said that unless he gets lowballed, he would sign with Oakland.

Out of high school, House was taken in the 40th round. Last year, he was drafted in the 49th round. After he hit .348 and stole 31 out of 35 bases for COC this past season, he moved up 43 rounds.

"That's a huge jump, it's big because I've been working hard to get drafted lower," House said.

Added Cota: "He worked hard and improved and made adjustments."

A two sport star in high school, House's most pressing need is simply more at-bats according to Cota. The one thing he's got going for him already: speed. Both of House's parents ran track.

"Without a doubt he can run with anybody in the country," Cota said.

House said he likes Oakland too. A's pitcher Dana Eveland has been friends with House since the two were eight years old.

Cota also expects infielder Brian Hernandez and pitcher China McCarney to be drafted today. Hernandez, the Western State Conferene Player of the Year may have scared off teams with his intentions to go to UC Irvine.

"It's no secret that he's got the scholarship to Irvine and he wants to go there," Cota said.

As for the rest of the draft, the Tampa Bay Rays selected high school shortstop Tim Beckham with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft.

With the second pick, the Pittsburgh Pirates chose sweet-swinging Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Florida high school first baseman Eric Hosmer went third to the Kansas City Royals, and the Baltimore Orioles took top college pitching prospect Brian Matusz out of San Diego with the fourth pick.

The Florida Marlins, picking sixth, took California high school catcher Kyle Skipworth, whom many consider the top prep prospect at his position since Joe Mauer was selected No. 1 overall by Minnesota seven years ago.

Rounding out the top 10, the Cincinnati Reds took Miami slugger Yonder Alonso seventh, the Chicago White Sox picked Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham (no relation to Tim) eighth, the Washington Nationals tabbed Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow and the Houston Astros selected Stanford catcher Jason Castro.

- The Associated Press contributed to this story


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