Vanegas, Jaffe drafted in MLB draft

Redwood Christian ace right-handed pitcher A.J. Vanegas was selected today in the seventh round by the San Diego Padres. Vanegas, a Stanford commit, pitched the Eagles to the North Coast Section Division V championship and threw a no-hitter in the title game.

View his complete scouting report here.

Bishop O’Dowd right-hander Eric Jaffe, a Cal commit, was selected in the 19th round by the Boston Red Sox. View his scouting video here.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • Tom Meyer

    Steven Ramos and Roberto Padila from Ohlone were drafted by the Cardinals and D-Backs.

    American grad Ryan Zimmerman was drafted by the D-Backs also

  • Prep Fan

    Nick Bartolone out of Cal High and Chabot was drafted by the Indians in the 5th round with the 180th overall pick.

    Josh Slaats out of Cal High and U of Hawaii was drafted by the Rockies in the 5th round with the 170th overall pick.

  • can someone explain to me how this works? you get drafted before you go to college? does this mean A.J. and Eric aren’t going to college? Please enlighten me.

    Congratulations to all the young men 🙂

  • Jimmy Durkin

    Thanks for chiming in guys. Keep coming with any others.

    What happens is that because the MLB draft has so many rounds (50 or so), teams will draft players who are already committed to college and attempt to sign them. Often a player will make it known prior to the draft that if they are taken by a certain round or offered a certain amount of money, they’ll sign. If not, they’ll go to college.

    Typically any player drafted after the 20th round is unlikely to sign and will instead go to college. With Vanegas and Jaffe, there’s no guarantee they’ll sign. In fact, it’s a bit surprising that A.J. went so high because typically Stanford commits are very tough to sign. I’d expect both of these guys will end up sticking with their college commitments, but we shall see.

  • Thanks Jimmy. Wow, so this is kinda a big deal. It’s always great to hear when good things happen to our eastbay athletes.

  • Anne Oransky

    AJ was on my sons little league teams, coached by my husband; we’ve always loved AJ and knew he was destined for greatness! Eric Jaffe played Varsity at Bishop O’dowd with my son and same great deal for him. How amazing for these young men and their families, with such dedication to a sport. We look forward to seeing them on the fields soon!