Former Raider gets drafted by Marlins

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

Former Sonora Raider Eli Villalobos was drafted to the Miami Marlins in the 2018 MLB draft on June 6.

Villalobos is currently a junior pitcher at Long Beach State. While playing for The Dirtbags in 2017, he made 24 appearances in relief, with a record of 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA and three saves. The righthander recorded 27 strikeouts in 31 innings for The Beach.

Graduating Sonora in 2015, Vallalobos played all four years as a catcher and first baseman for the Raiders. He hit .292 his senior season and played in 29 games, recording 21 hits, 14 runs scored and 10 RBIs.

This was the first draft for the Marlins under the new ownership, led by principal owner Bruce Sherman and former New York Yankee great Derek Jeter.

“We were focused on getting the best available athlete at the time, and we belive we did that,” Marlins vice president of player development and scouting Gary Denbo said in an interview with



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