UNLV baseball:

More Rebels, local preps selected on Day 3 of MLB Draft


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

UNLV baseball coach Tim Chambers during a media availability day Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

Updated Saturday, June 7, 2014 | 6:21 p.m.

Gabe Gonzalez has a decision to make. The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher out of Arbor View High was selected in the 13th round today on Day 3 of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

Gonzalez could choose to start his career with the Texas Rangers, who used the 396th overall pick on him, or honor his commitment to UNLV and help replace top-100 picks Erick Fedde and John Richy. That’s not the only situation for the Rebel to monitor.

Junior third baseman T.J. White, one of the Rebels’ best hitters this season, was picked in the 18th round (530 overall) by the Minnesota Twins. He finished the year with a .318 average and 38 RBI to go along with 46 runs.

It’s better to have kids with options than ones that MLB teams aren’t interested in, though, so today is another sign of the progress the Rebels have made.

Here are the other locals to get drafted:

• Kyle Simmons, a Silverado High grad and junior pitcher at Texas Southern, went in the 24th round (724 overall) to the Washington Nationals.

• Scott Tomassetti, a catcher from College of Southern Nevada and Sierra Vista High, went in the 34th round (1,012 overall) to the Philadelphia Phillies.

• Jordan Hand, a catcher from Shadow Ridge High, went in the 34th round (1,015 overall) to the New York Mets.

• Tanner Chauncey, a junior shortstop from BYU and Las Vegas High, went in the 35th round (1,059 overall) to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

• Patrick Armstrong, the Rebels' senior first baseman, went in the 39th round (1,169 overall) to the Los Angeles Angels.

• Tyler Brown, a second baseman from CSN and Coronado High, went in the 40th round (1,211 overall) to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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