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Ross, Stephenson taken in first round of MLB draft

Bishop O’Dowd’s Joe Ross and Alhambra’s Robert Stephenson were both first-round selections in Monday’s First Year Player MLB draft. Ross was taken by the San Diego Padres with the 25th overall pick and Stephenson had his name called shortly after, going to the Cincinnati Reds with the 27th pick. Ross and Stephenson are the first East Bay high school players to be taken in the first round since 2002 when Chris Gruler of Liberty was taken by the Reds with the No. 3 pick.

UPDATE: James Harris of Oakland Tech was the final compensation round pick, going No. 60 overall to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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  • Prep Fan

    Congratulations to these two fine young men, and good luck to them. I hope to be watching them both at the Coliseum (or better yet a new stadium) before too long. I saw Ross throw a couple of times this year and he is the real deal. Stephenson is right there with Ross in terms of velocity, composure on the mound and pitching smarts. 2 great HS pitching prospects.

  • THEanonymous

    Considering how Ross totally shut down the Grizzlies (with a 96 MPH throwing ability), I think he will be more than valuable in the long run to the Padres. I’m stunned the MLB has taken them right out of high school, the only other player I heard of that had this happen to them was Tim Lincecum, who won the Giants the world title shortly thereafter. Yep, look out for these two prospects, they could really be helping send these pretty good NL teams to the top in a matter of a few years or so.

  • Chs101214

    Sorry Theanon, but many high schoolers are drafted. Check out the first two rounds @MLB.com. It’s not just their consistent 90+ velocity, but both have filthy late breakers and pretty good cutters too. Harris from Oaktown didn’t get a lot of press, but he’s a five tool with size.

  • Prep Fan

    Lincecum did not come straight out of HS, as he played for the UW Huskies prior to signing with the Giants. He may have been drafted out of HS, but it fairly common for players drafted in HS to put in a couple of years of college and then sign when drafted again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok0-_RjVM7E