The Southland contributed some pitching to the first couple of rounds in the Major League Baseball draft on Monday.
Dillon Tate, a power-pitching right-hander from UC Santa Barbara and Claremont High, was chosen by the Texas Rangers fourth overall — making him the first player drafted other than a shortstop.
The first three picks were shortstops Dansby Swanson of Vanderbilt, to Arizona; Alex Bregman of Louisiana State, to Houston; and Brendan Rodgers of Lake Mary High in Florida, to Colorado.
Kolby Allard, a left-hander from San Clemente High, was taken No. 14 overall by Atlanta. He was followed by right-hander James Kaprielian of UCLA, to the New York Yankees at...