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Titan Right-Hander Watson Signs With Blue Jays

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Matt Watson, a junior pitcher from Cal State Fullerton, signed a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, he said Wednesday.

The 22-year-old right-hander, drafted in the 14th round, will report Sunday to the Blue Jays’ New York Penn League Class A team in St. Catharines, Canada.

Watson made four starts and 11 relief appearances for the Titans this year. He had 28 strikeouts and 27 walks in 33 innings and was 1-5 with a 4.91 earned-run average.

“College is so geared to winning,” Watson said. “We have guys on our staff who are more consistent than me. I’m more of a power pitcher but I’m inconsistent. I should be able to develop more in the pros.”

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Other Cal State Fullerton players drafted included pitcher Huck Flener, outfielder Domingo Mota and shortstop Kevin Farlow.

Flener, a junior left-hander with an 8-1 record, was taken in the ninth round by Toronto. He is meeting with Blue Jay officials today and is expected to sign as soon as Friday.

Mota was picked in the 29th round by the Dodgers; his father, Manny, has worked for the Dodgers for the past 21 years. Domingo hit .266 and led the Titans with 19 stolen bases.

Farlow, who was taken in the 15th round by San Diego, hit .284 with six home runs.

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Joe Sewell of UC Irvine, a junior right-hander with a 3-3 record and three saves, was taken by the New York Mets in the 30th round.

Fullerton College outfielder Tom Wilson, who hit .307 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs, was taken in the 23rd round by the Yankees.

Golden West College outfielder Shelby Hart (.252) was taken by Baltimore in the 12th round and pitcher Jason Hutchins (6-3, 4.41 ERA), also of Golden West, was picked in the 30th round by the Giants.

Times staff writer Mike DiGiovanna contributed to this story.

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