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Harris, Hooper selected in MLB draft

Posted: June 8, 2013 4:19 p.m.
Updated: June 8, 2013 4:19 p.m.

Two more Santa Clarita Valley products have been chosen during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.


The Master’s College’s Cody Harris was the first local off the board on Saturday, going to the Miami Marlins with the 712th pick.

Saugus graduate and University of California, Irvine pitcher Kyle Hooper was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 754th overall pick.

“Just a lot of excitement, especially because it’s the team I grew up watching and rooting for and still watch all their games on TV, that was an added bonus,” Hooper said.

“Absolutely,” he said of whether he dreamed of playing for the Dodgers. “Since I was a little kid and went to Dodger games with my parents.”

The 2009 graduate of Saugus High was 1-3 for Irvine with a 5.45 ERA this season in 18 appearances, 15 in relief. In 39 2/3 innings Hoopers walked 13 and struck out 34, allowing a .273 batting-average against.

He said he heard the news when a teammate sent him a congratulatory text message, a moment that allowed him to

reflect on the work it took to get to this moment.

“It does, it’s been a long road,” he said. “It’s had ups and downs with the injury I had last year it was a huge mentally tough situation that I had to go through. It makes me realize how lucky I am and honored I am.”

Hooper was injured during his 2012 campaign and was given a medical redshirt.

Harris, a junior right-handed pitcher, made 18 relief appearance this season for TMC with a 3.05 ERA, allowing seven earned runs in 20 2/3 innings.

He also swung the bat well this season, batting .283 this season in 55 starts for TMC, which enjoyed one of its most successful season’s in program history with an appearance in the NAIA World Series.

The junior knocked in 16 RBIs.

“(Miami’s getting) a well-rounded young man, a little bit of inexperienced on the mound, however, talent through the roof,” said TMC head coach Monte Brooks.

“They’re going to hopefully develop him and enhance his skills,” Brooks added. “He’s a potential big leaguer. He’s 90 to 94 mph with a really good breaking ball and a change up that’s getting better all the time.”


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