ARCATA (June 9, 2013) — The 2013 Major League Baseball draft was held this week, and, it was a good time to be a former Crab, as five players who spent at least one summer at the Arcata Ballpark got that coveted phone call.
Outfielder Justin Higley, a 2011 Crab who went to Sacramento State, was the first of the four to hear his name called, as the Oakland A's selected him in the 13th round, 401st overall.
Next up was pitcher Tyler Stirewalt of Fresno State, who was on the Crabs' 2012 team. He was picked in the 21st round, 620th overall by the Minnesota Twins.
Andrew Ayers, the loca boy who starred at St. Bernard's in high school and was named the Crabs' Best Offensive Player in 2010, was taken in the 30th round, 894th overall, by the Kansas City Royals.
2011 Crabs MVP and fan favorite Ivory Thomas will be joining Stirewalt in the Twins' system after they took him in the 34th round, No. 1010 overall.
And Ty Afenir, the Crabs 2012 starting Shortstop, was taken in the 39th round, No. 1184 overall, by the Washington Nationals.
Congrats to all of four of these outstanding players, and good luck to them all as they continue their baseball careers!