Arizona Wildcats baseball: Cats have three players taken in first seven rounds of MLB draft

2013-06-07T10:40:00Z 2013-06-07T13:24:20Z Arizona Wildcats baseball: Cats have three players taken in first seven rounds of MLB draftDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 07, 2013 10:40 am  • 

Arizona Wildcats third baseman Brandon Dixon was selected in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft this morning by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dixon, a junior from Murrieta, Calif., was the 92nd pick overall.

Two rounds later, his teammate, Johnny Field, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays. Field was the 158th pick overall.

Junior right-handed pitcher Konner Wade was also selected today. Wade was picked by the Colorado Rockies in the seventh round. He was the 199th pick overall.

Dixon is the first UA player to be selected in the top three rounds since pitchers Ryan Perry and Daniel Schlereth were each selected in the first round of the 2008 draft.

The third baseman won the Pac-12 batting title this season, batting .369. He also stole 30 bases, scored 57 runs and hit six home runs.

After three seasons in Tucson, Dixon will almost certainly sign with the Dodgers and begin his professional career.

Wade and Field are expected to do the same.

Field, a Las Vegas native, is the second UA player in as many years to be selected by the Rays. Outfielder Joey Rickard was picked by Tampa Bay in the ninth round of last year's draft.

Field played in the outfield for the Wildcats, but was drafted as a second baseman by Tampa Bay. He won the Pac-12 batting title as a sophomore. As a junior, Field batted .347 with 58 runs, five home runs and 39 RBIs. 

Wade made 15 starts for the Wildcats this season and went 5-6 with a 4.30 ERA. Like Field, Wade had a stronger sophomore season than a junior one. Wade went 11-3 with a 3.96 ERA as a sophomore and helped lead the Wildcats to a College World Series championship. 

Junior right-hander James Farris could also be selected today. However, there's a better chance Farris is picked tomorrow when the draft concludes with rounds 11 through 40.

Dixon, Field and Wade weren't the only three players taken today with Tucson ties. Former Salpointe Catholic pitcher and current Notre Dame closer Dan Slania was picked in the fifth round by the San Francisco Giants. 

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