HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawai‘i juniors Josh Slaats, Greg Garcia and David Freitas, were taken in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft Tuesday, going in the fifth, seventh and 15th rounds, respectively.
Slaats was drafted in the fifth round by the Colorado Rockies with the 170th pick overall. The San Ramon, Calif., native was UH's staff ace for much of the season, going 5-4 with a 3.77 ERA, striking out 75 in 74.0 innings.
Garcia was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 229th pick overall. The El Cajon, Calif., native led the team with a .358 batting average, adding 40 RBI, 45 runs, three homers, five triples, 13 doubles and five stolen bases. Garcia earned first team all-WAC honors in 2010 after being named to the second team in each of his first two seasons at UH.
Freitas was drafted in the 15th round by the Washington Nationals with the 446th pick overall. The Sacramento, Calif., native finished the 2010 season with a .292 batting average, tying for the team-lead with 49 RBI. He also had 10 home runs, nine doubles and 43 runs scored. Freitas was named to both the all-WAC Tournament team and the all-NCAA Tempe Regional team.
Four Rainbow signees were also drafted in the first 15 rounds of the MLB draft. Keanu Carmichael was taken in the sixth round by the Seattle Mariners with the 192nd pick overall. Carmichael was a 2009 first team all-state selection at Kamehameha Schools. Kenny McDowall was drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets with the 242nd pick overall. He is a right-handed pitcher from the College of Southern Nevada. Luke Taylor was drafted in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners with the 282nd pick overall. He is a 6-6 right-handed pitcher out of Woodinville High School in Woodinville, Wash. Kale Ka‘alekahi was taken in the 15th round, also by the Seattle Mariners with the 462nd pick overall. Ka‘alekahi was a first round all-state pick in 2009 out of Campbell High School.
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