Ryan to Cubs, Rojas to Astros

On Day 3 of the MLB Draft, two former UH baseball players were selected.

Reliever Casey Ryan was picked by the Chicago Cubs in the 18th round; third baseman Josh Rojas was taken by the Houston Astros in the 26th round.

The Major League Baseball draft continues today. Here are players selected with Hawaii ties:

> Hilo High pitcher Joseph Jarneski, 12th round by Texas Rangers. Jarneski said he will forgo college and sign with the Rangers.

> Hawaii recruit Cade Smith, pitcher, 16th round by Minnesota Twins

> Kailua High pitcher Joey Cantillo, 16th round by San Diego Padres

> Waipahu High Kobie Russell, catcher, 17th round by Toronto Blue Jays. Russell said he will sign with the Blue Jays.

> Hawaii recruit Austin Rubick, pitcher, 20th round by Milwaukee Brewers

> HPU pitcher Matthew Gunter, 33rd round by Toronto Blue Jays

> Punahou outfielder Cole Cabrera, 37th round by Tampa Bay Rays


  1. NorthShoreFan June 14, 2017 9:42 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!

    Great to hear of our recruits being selected but….no more money at those rounds.
    Take the scholie and get the degree. Worth more in the long run…and I get to watch you guys play for Hawaii!
    Just remembering Steve Wright’s article on life in the minors and how he and other draftees had to live in “poverty” playing minor league ball. Unless you get serious money odds aren’t in your favor to get to the big show.
    Just saying….

  2. ai-eee-soos June 14, 2017 11:02 am

    never too early to offer ….

    class of 2019 …

    Punahou linebacker Maninoa Tufono offered by USC.

  3. DaveLetterMan June 14, 2017 11:08 am

    Morning Tsaikos!
    Three out of nine signed recruits drafted so far. Not too damaging since only one is a high pick.
    Thanks for proving me wrong ST.

  4. WarriorNY June 14, 2017 12:38 pm

    Looks like August 26 is going to be a great day for sports… I wonder if the Mayweather/Mcgregor fight is going to affect the viewership of that UH game…

  5. warriorsanddolphins June 14, 2017 1:54 pm

    Why is their no mention of UH recruit Jonny Hozma going in the 5th round to the Padres?

  6. cappie the dog June 14, 2017 1:54 pm

    The Alaska recruit went in the fifth round.

    I guess he’s gone.

  7. cappie the dog June 14, 2017 2:51 pm

    I remember Coach Trapasso being upset with Akau signing.

    20th round.

    Austin Rubick was drafted in the 20th round.

    I guess the signing bonus is minimal and not worth it.

    What it comes down to is the player: Is he a student-athlete or an athlete/student?

    Homza should sign. If he comes out slow, being a high round draft pick, you get leeway and time to develop. Kodi Medeiros would have been cut by now if he went in the 20th round.

    If you’re Rubick or Cade Smith, you better start producing right away.

    It’s a mystery to me as to why Breland Almadova is out of baseball.

  8. Old School Dave June 14, 2017 3:27 pm

    Dumb question as I don’t keep up with college baseball much, but the baseball teams from the two Oregon schools have become prominent nationally on a regular basis. How did this happen? Did Pac-12 TV money from football play a role (larger recruiting budget, better facilities, higher coaching salaries)?

    Totally different topic, but read that KHON’s Taizo Barden got news from management that his contract would not be renewed while he was on vacation in Japan. Ouch!! John Veneri will replace Braden on that morning show.

  9. kalua pig June 14, 2017 5:22 pm

    mahalo to max holloway and yancy medeiros.im still amped today.

  10. islandman June 14, 2017 6:24 pm

    See 7-1 Bol Bol and Mater Dei at an Iolani tourney, June 15, 16 & 17, per sports animals.

  11. cappie the dog June 14, 2017 6:32 pm

    Old School Dave-

    As for Oregon, two words: Phil Knight.

    Bobby Curran painted a great picture of Oregon’s facilities. Nice job of narration. I could see it. All those sweat shops in Southeast Asia.

    The Beavers are a true outlier, a cold-weather school with back-to-back national championships. They don’t have Nike money, and still they regularly outperform the Ducks.

    Before the scandal, I was deciding between conference affiliation or local player boosterism. Now, I’m all in with Cal-State Fullerton. I am vehemently disappointed with OSU. I follow them.

    The evil, EVIL…NCAA did yeoman’s work in trying to minimize the possibility of a west coast champion. First, they pitted the Titans against Long Beach State in the super-regional. It’s not like the SEC where you had eight teams to work with. A two-team bid league and yet they somehow meet each other in the intermediary round. Second, instead of reseeding, which is what they should do, Oregon State faces Cal-State Fullerton in the first game of the CWS. Baseball America and the powers that be want a SEC school to win it all. They want to keep the power in the south.

    I keep returning to the 2012 Utah Valley team. They won 30 out of their last 31 games and were left out of the tournament. 47-12. They definitely deserved a chance.

  12. Old School Dave June 15, 2017 1:14 am

    Cappie: Thanks for the info on the Oregon schools and their Baseball programs. Makes sense. Could be wrong, but I recall that UO & OSU were both nothing to write home about during the 90s to early 2000s, then suddenly they became prominent in the Pac12 and nationally.

  13. Stephen Tsai June 15, 2017 9:23 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=43754

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