High School Baseball

Several Kentuckians chosen on second day of baseball draft

Lexington Catholic High School graduate Nick Maronde was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.

Maronde, a junior pitcher at the University of Florida, was the 104th player chosen overall.

The draft began with Monday's first round, continued with rounds two through 30 on Tuesday, and wraps up Wednesday.

Maronde, a 6-foot-3 left-hander, has appeared in 31 games for the Gators this season, posting a 1.66 ERA in 38 innings pitched, with 50 strikeouts and two saves.

Florida (48-16) is still playing in this season's NCAA Tournament, hosting a super regional against Mississippi State (37-23) this weekend.

Maronde was selected in the 43rd round of the 2008 draft after his senior season at Lexington Catholic before opting for college baseball.

More UK players drafted

Junior outfielder Chad Wright became the second University of Kentucky player selected in the baseball draft when he was picked in the ninth round, No. 287 overall, by the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.

Junior pitcher Alex Meyer was the first UK player drafted, going No. 23 in the first round to the Washington Nationals on Monday.

Wright is the fifth UK player to be selected in the draft by the Tigers since UK won the Southeastern Conference in 2006, including Ryan Strieby (2006), Michael Bertram (2006), Scott Green (2008) and Matt Little (2010).

Wright, a Paducah native, finished his junior season 66 hits shy of the all-time UK career record.

Other Cats drafted Tuesday were junior first baseman Braden Kapteyn in the 15th round (Boston), senior shortstop Taylor Black in the 16th round (Philadelphia) and sophomore pitcher Jordan Cooper in the 23rd round (Pittsburgh).

■ Three Louisville and three Western Kentucky players were drafted Tuesday.

Cardinals junior pitcher Tony Zych went in the fourth round (Chicago Cubs), junior second baseman Ryan Wright was taken in the fifth (Cincinnati), and Derek Self went in the 27th (A's.)

WKU's draftees were junior pitcher Philip Wetherell (eighth round, New York Yankees), senior catcher James Rice (ninth round, Tampa Bay) and junior shortstop Logan Robbins (10th round, Atlanta).

■ Jack Snodgrass, a former Bowling Green High School star, was selected by the Giants in the 27th round. The 6-foot-8 left-hander helped lead Austin Peay to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship and earned a victory in the Governors' NCAA Tournament opener.

■ Warren East pitcher Mark Biggs was the first high school player from Kentucky selected. Biggs, a Louisville signee, was picked in the eighth round by the Blue Jays. He was followed by St. Xavier's Matthew Spalding (Red Sox, 29th round) and Lafayette's Jonathan Youngblood (Braves, 30th).

The draft finishes Wednesday with rounds 31-50.

Cubs pick Gretzky's son

The Cubs hope they've drafted a Great One. Trevor Gretzky, the baseball-playing son of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, was selected in the seventh round.

The younger Gretzky knocks in runs — not goals — as a left-handed power-hitting California high school first baseman.

The Cubs also took a name from their past, drafting high school outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr. — his father was the No. 1 overall pick by Chicago in 1982.