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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.

Stephanie Hammon