June 10, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Lobo fans following the 2009 First-Year Player Major League Baseball Draft might have been a bit confused in the sixth round when the name Mathiew White, U. New Mexico, showed up as the 182nd pick by the Kansas City Royals. That is Lobo closer Cole White's given first name. No matter what name the MLB Draft used, the junior from Blossom, Texas, was excited to see one more year of hard work playing college ball pay off. White was the first of five 2009 Lobos to get drafted on Wednesday.
"It's a very big deal," said White from his home in Texas. "I was surprised because Kansas City had not talked to me lately, but ironic, because they were the first ones to talk to me in high school. This feels good and I'm ready to get my career started."
White was selected in the sixth round by the Kansas City Royals, a 24-round jump from his selection in the 30th round by the Chicago Cubs in 2008 after two years at Paris Junior College. White is the highest draft pick taken from a Lobo team since Rod Nichols was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 5th round of the 1985 MLB Draft. He is the third Lobo in three years to be selected in the first nine rounds - Bobby LaFromboise (8th round 2008) and Jordan Pacheco (9th round 2007).
"Playing one more year of college ball, especially at the Division I level, definitely paid off," said White. "I learned a lot in this past year at UNM. Coach (Chad) Tidwell helped me with the technical side of the game and my mechanics, and (head) Coach (Ray) Birmingham taught me to just get after it and doing what he knew I could do, stop pitching scared. After that things started rolling."
White, a right-hander with a 95 mph fastball, expects to sign a deal and get placed in the Royals farm system with in the next few weeks.
Two-time All-Mountain West Conference outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez was the second Lobo picked on Wednesday. Cavazos-Galvez heard his name called by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 12th round with the 367th pick overall.
2009 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and Louisville Slugger All-American Mike Brownstein became the third Lobo to hear their name called two rounds later. The senior second baseman from Tucson, Ariz., was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 14th round with the 436th pick overall.
The fourth Lobo picked on Wednesday was first team all-Mountain West Conference pitcher John Hesketh. The senior right-hander from Langley, British Columbia, was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 20th round with the 593rd pick overall.
Lobo outfielder Cameron Monger, a junior from Weatherford, Texas, has been selected by the San Diego Padres in the 27th round with the 804th pick overall. Monger was the fifth Lobo selected on Wednesday.
One Lobo signee also got a phone call on Wednesday. Fall signee Austin House, a pitcher from LaCueva High School in Albuquerque was the 768th pick overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 25th round.
Rounds 31-50 continue at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11.
The most draft picks off a Lobos' squad in one season to go on and play professionally is five, plus a free agent signing, in 1985. The 1985 Lobo draft class included Jim Fregosi (2nd round, Cardinals), Rod Nichols (5th, Indians), Bret Davis (9th, Mariners), Dean Duane (19th, Royals), Greg Hall (23rd, Padres), and Jay Slotnick (free agent, Expos/Nationals)
Several Lobos expect to be selected in the remaining rounds of the 2009 MLB Draft. Check back on GoLobos.com for updates.