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Dillon Tate among Southland pitchers taken high in baseball draft

Dillon Tate among Southland pitchers taken high in baseball draft

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 No. 16; and Phil...

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