Canes in the MLB Draft

It was a good day in the Major League Baseball draft for a few current Miami Hurricanes and even a couple that haven't set foot on the baseball diamond this season.

As expected, we can get the red carpet out and wish Ryan Braun and Cesar Carrillo well as they were both drafted in the first round.

Braun, a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award given to College Baseball's best player, was taken as the fifth overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Through the Coral Gables Regional, Braun is hitting .396 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI. He's also scored a team leading 70 runs and leads the team in hits with 84, total bases with 157 and slugging with a .741 slugging percentage.

During the Regional, Braun hit two home runs, both coming in key moments, the second putting an end to Mississippi State's comeback attempt.

After the Bulldogs cut Miami's lead to 7-4, Braun launched a fastball over the wall in left-centerfield to give the ‘Canes a 9-4 lead en route to their 10-4 win.

Carrillo, the ACC Pitcher of the Year, was taken with the 18th pick in the first round by San Diego.

Carrillo is currently 13-2 with a 2.22 ERA and has a career 25-2 record at UM. His 24 wins in a row without a loss, good for fourth best in NCAA history.

The powerful right-hander has struck out 120 hitters in 117 innings pitched. He's only walked 22 batters and given up four home runs. Opponents are hitting a meager .216 against him.

He pitched 7 plus innings Saturday against Mississippi State in a 4-1 win allowing only one run and four hits.

Joining Braun and Carrillo as a pick in the first day of the draft was Paco Figueroa.

Figueroa was picked in the ninth round with the 273rd overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles.

He's currently hitting a career high .356 with four home runs and 36 RBI. He is third on the team with 68 runs scored and 80 hits and second in stolen bases with 24.

He earned Coral Gables Regional All-Regional Team at second base.

Two surprising draftees were two players who haven't played an inning this year.

Gaby Sanchez, who has been suspended all season from the team, was taken in the fourth round by the hometown Florida Marlins with the 126th overall pick.

Sanchez was expected to the be in the starting lineup before his suspension that to this day still has not been disclosed as to why to the media.

As a sophomore, Sanchez hit .316 with 7 home runs and 47 RBI as a sophomore.

And finally, former ‘Canes pitcher Chiqui Chirino was taken the 10th round with the 305th overall pick by the Chicago White Sox.

Chirino, a junior, left the team before the season started.

Last season, Chirino was 0-0 with a 3.00 in 15 innings pitched. He pitched in 20 games.

Day two of the Major League Baseball Draft saw four more Hurricanes get picked up. But none was more surprising than Danny Figueroa being drafted in the 43rd round with the 1,289 overall pick.

The surprise was not that he was drafted, but that some turn of fate he was drafted by the same club, the Baltimore Orioles, that drafted his brother, Paco, on the first day of the draft in the 9th round.

Whether Danny will leave UM now is up in the air because the opportunity to continue playing with his twin brother on the professional level must seem awfully appealing, however, questions of his arm strength were clearly an issue in drafting him this year.

Coming back to UM might seem like the best option for him because if he has a good senior year, there is no doubt, he'll be taken higher next year in the draft.

Also drafted Wednesday was Brendan Katin. He was taken in the 23rd round by the Milwaukee Brewers. Katin, who missed 13 games earlier this year due to injury, has been making good contact with the ball since his return and will play a key role in this weekend's Super Regional against Nebraska.

Pitchers Vicent Bongiovanni and Brandon Camardese were also taken on the second day of the draft.

Bongiovanni was taken in the 24th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Camardese was selected in the 34th round by the Cincinnait Reds.

Congratulations to all these fine young baseball players from CanesTime.com.

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