By Claire Lewis
Chino Valley – If you keep up with Major League Baseball, you probably know that the 2015 Draft took place recently – June 8 through 10. A total of 1,215 individuals were selected in the 40-round draft, and three Major League Teams selected young men from the Chino Valley.
Bailey Falter, the 6-foot 4-inch, left-handed pitcher from Chino Hills High was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 5th Round, 144th overall. With exemplary high school statistics behind him, he was the first pitcher selected by the Phillies. Falter is signed to play for the University of California Santa Barbara come fall. He has a tough decision to make about his career.
Christian Kelley – a graduate of Don Lugo High who has played for Cal Poly Pomona for the last two years – was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th Round, 337th overall. Reportedly the lead-off hitter for Cal Poly this past season, Kelley’s most recent stats read .341 in 72 hits with one home run, 28 RBIs and 43 runs scored.
And finally, outfielder Kyle Garlick – who also played for Cal Poly Pomona after three seasons with the University of Oregon – was drafted in the 28th Round, 852nd overall, by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garlick, who is a graduate of Chino Hills High, was a member of the All-West Region First Team, as well as the All-CCAA First Team.
Congratulations to these Chino Valley men, who obviously have great careers ahead of them.