GLENDALE — While it didn't surprise him all that much, Jesse Meaux's 19th-round selection by the
On the other hand, Ryan Sherriff's selection in the 28th round by the
Meaux, a right-handed pitcher who graduated from Glendale High in 2007, and Sherriff, a left-handed pitcher from the 2011 Glendale Community College baseball team, were part of a group of five local prospects to be drafted on Tuesday, with the rest coming from the roster of the Glendale Angelenos, a first-year California Collegiate League baseball team that just moved into the Jewel City.
Meaux, who graduates from
"He told me I got drafted and I was like, 'No way, what team?'" Meaux said. "I was very excited. I got off my bike immediately.
"I'm very excited, I'm happy where I went. It's really what I was hoping for."
After being chosen 1,341st overall in the 44th round by the
"I'm very, very happy with my decision to come back to school," Meaux said. "I've matured as a player, as a leader on a baseball team, as a student, as a person overall. The experience I had this senior year, even though in the field I was injured for those last couple weeks, overall was just priceless. It far out values the signing bonus I would have got if I had tried to sign last year.
"I really got let down last year in the draft and I didn't want to get my hopes up for this year, so I was very excited where I ended up getting drafted. I feel that I'm a top-20 pick, personally, so I was very happy, somewhat surprised that's where I ended up getting picked."
A scout from the Rockies called Meaux on Tuesday promising to stay in touch over the next couple days to figure out when they would sign him and when he would be able to begin his first assignment.
"I have a final tomorrow and I'm graduating on Saturday, so I really won't be able to do much until Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday," Meaux said.
Meaux grew up a
"I like their developmental programs that they are working with," Meaux said. "It's a great organization and I'm very happy they're the team that chose me."
Sherriff, who was drafted in the 33rd round by
"I was watching along [on the computer] and all of a sudden my name popped up," Sherriff said. "I was sitting next to my dad and I told him, 'If I don't go in this round, I'm going to get kind of mad and then all of a sudden it says Ryan Sherriff. Then we got all excited and the Cardinals called."
Sherriff is coming off a strong season at Glendale college, in which he went 5-4 with a 2.45 earned-run average in leading the Vaqueros to the state championship tournament. He is also a member of the Angelenos.
"Honestly, in the 20-plus years I've been involved in scouting, this is the [talent] heaviest draft I've ever seen," Angelenos team president and coach Tony Riviera said. "The fact that a player like Ryan Sherriff was still out there [as long as he was] shows that. This is a guy who would have gone by the 10th round any other year."
Sherriff said he was told he could go anywhere from the 10th to the 15th round, and more realistically 15th to the 20th. After first strongly believing that the
"Things happen, people slip," Sherriff said. "Hopefully we can get a good deal done and I can go out and play some pro baseball. … It's been my dream since I was 3 years old."
Riviera said all three have the tools to make it in the big leagues, particularly Young, whom he projects to arrive in three years or less. He said he will be speaking with his players soon about their next move.