Baseball: First day draft snags three with UH ties

Day one of the major league draft see's two Rainbow player's and one recruit selected.

HONOLULU - Three players who either played for or were signed by the University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team were drafted in the first day (through the first 20 rounds) of the 2003 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Tuesday.

The first player with UH ties taken was Justin Azze, a left-handed pitcher that signed with the Rainbows in 2002, but was unable to play this past season because he wasn't cleared by the NCAA. Azze was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round as the No. 194 pick overall.

Brian Bock was the first member of the 2003 Rainbow baseball team taken, also going to the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round, overall pick No. 404. Bock was a four-year starter for Hawai`i, mostly as a catcher. Although he was mostly known for his defensive presence behind the plate, the Bakersfield, Calif., native had a great senior season at the plate, hitting .272 with four home runs, eight doubles and a triple.

Jeffrey Pry was the first 2003 UH recruit taken in the draft, going in the 17th round to the Cleveland Indians (the No. 498 player taken overall). Pry is a right-handed pitcher from Franklin High School in California.


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