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ASU Baseball: Nine Sun Devils, six commits selected in 2015 MLB Draft

Arizona State players were well-represented in this week's MLB Draft.

Pitcher Brett Lilek Was Taken In The Second Round By Miami
Pitcher Brett Lilek Was Taken In The Second Round By Miami
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A total of nine Sun Devils were taken in the 2015 MLB Draft earlier this week, tying them for the third most among all schools across the country. In addition, six members of their 2015 signing class were also taken.

Players have until July 17 to sign contracts with their respective clubs, and the ones who still have college eligibility remaining will be able to return to Arizona State if that deadline is missed.

Highlighting the group of draftees is junior left-hander Brett Lilek, who was taken 50th overall in the second round by the Miami Marlins. The southpaw served as ASU's Friday starter for the majority of the season and could join former Sun Devil pitcher Trevor Williams in the Marlins organization. Williams was also selected in the second round back in 2013.

Outfielder Blake Perkins, one of the most prized recruits of this year's class, was taken later in the same round by the Washington Nationals. He would receive a signing bonus of a little more than $893,000 if he chooses to turn pro.

That was it for the maroon and gold on the first day of the festivities, but Tuesday saw four more pitchers picked. Ryan Burr and Ryan Kellogg were both taken in the fifth round, with the flamethrowing closer being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks. It came as a bit of a surprise that Burr fell to the 158th overall pick, as most prognosticators had him going in round two, or even three, rounds higher. Both players still have one year of eligibility remaining.

A pair of relievers, David Graybill and Darin Gillies, heard their names called later as day two was winding down. Graybill was chosen in the ninth round by the San Francisco Giants, and the west coast theme continued one round later as the Seattle Mariners took Gillies.

Wednesday was by far the busiest day for Arizona State. Johnny Sewald, Trever Allen, and Dalton DiNatale were taken in the 14th, 25th, and 32nd rounds, respectively, but the story of the day came via the Diamondbacks.

It was announced last week that the club would be naming their 34th round selection after Cory Hahn, a former Sun Devil that was drafted by Arizona two years ago. He was picked in the 34th round despite being paralyzed with a vertebral fracture while playing for the maroon and gold, and has since worked in the team's scouting department.

Fast forward a couple of years, the Diamondbacks decided to once again use their 34th round selection on a Sun Devil. Senior Jake Peevyhouse (a Phoenix native) was taken by his hometown team, rounding out Arizona State's selections for the 2015 draft.

Five other commits were picked on day three, the highest of which was outfielder Alan Garcia. He was selected in the 19th round by the San Diego Padres.

Junior catcher RJ Ybarra was noticeably passed over as all 1,215 picks came and went. While he did have a down year at the plate (.289 average, 34 strikeouts), Ybarra has serious pop and can fill in nicely either behind the dish, at first, or as a designated hitter. He will now set his sights on turning in a solid senior campaign before next year's draft.