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Jun 7, 2014 9:12 PM by KSBY Sports

More local players 'go pro' on final day of MLB Draft

Cal Poly third baseman Jimmy Allen was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft Saturday, marking the third time his name was called in the draft in his baseball career.

The Los Angeles Dodgers took Allen in the 24th round with the 729th pick after the senior tied for a team-high three triples and six home runs during his final season as a Mustang.
Coming out of high school in 2010, Allen was drafted in the 39th round and the Boston Red Sox took him in the 23rd round last year.

Three rounds later, teammate and four-year starter Chris Hoo was the 797th pick, going to the Miami Marlins.
On top of being a defensive standout during the Mustang's historic season, Hoo hit a career-best .301, belting 13 doubles and driving in 37 runs.

Joey Epperson was the first of four UC Santa Barbara players drafted Saturday. The utility player was taken 387th in the 13th round after having the top on base percentage in the Big West Conference (.483) during his senior season for the Gauchos. He also had the second-best batting average with .376 and he scored 45 times.
Prior to suiting up in blue and gold, Epperson played two seasons at Santa Barbara City College, where he earned First-Team All-Western State honors and won the conference title both years.

Epperson's teammate, pitcher Greg Mahle was taken two rounds later by the Los Angeles Angels as the 449th pick. The junior southpaw is one of just two Gauchos who have over 30 appearances on the mound in a season and he posted a 1.56 ERA in Big West play. Mahle was a Freshman All-American in 2012.

UC Santa Barbara powerhitter Tyler Kuresa was taken 470th overall in the 16th round by the Minnesota Twins and pitcher Austin Pettibone went to the Texas Rangers in the 24th round as pick No. 726.

David Armendariz, who played three seasons for Cal Poly before transferring to Cal Poly Pomona his senior year, went to the Cleveland Indians in the 23rd round as the 698th pick. In his final season as a Mustang, Armendariz played 56 games and had a .312 batting average with four home runs and 36 RBI.

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