Simon, Caulfield Selected on Final Day of Draft

June 14, 2017

The third day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft saw two more Lion players nabbed by professional organizations, as right-hander Harrison Simon and second baseman Phil Caulfield had their names called by the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals, respectively.

After Cory Abbott was selected in the second round (67th overall) by the Chicago Cubs on Monday, Simon became the second Lion off the board this year when the Padres took him with the 708th overall pick in the 24th round. The native of Los Angeles, Calif. made 10 appearances and pitched to a 2-2 record and a 2.51 ERA this year, logging 14.1 innings and striking out 16.

Caulfield earned his selection when the Nationals made the Burlingame, Calif. native their 32nd-round pick. Caulfield was the 973rd overall pick in the draft. The first team All-WCC selection batted a team-best .362 with 38 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, three homers and 35 RBI while finishing the year with as many walks as strikeouts (30). In WCC play alone, he batted .330 with 18 runs scored, six doubles, two homers and 19 RBI. For the season, he posted 26 multi-hit games and hit in all but 15 games with an at bat.

LMU finished the 2017 season with a 38-18 overall record and a 20-7 mark in the WCC, claiming a share of its first WCC Championship since 2000.




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