HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Seven players with Hawaii ties were selected in the third day of the Major League Baseball draft, Saturday.
The first UH commit (verbal) to get the call was first baseman David Denson who was drafted in the 15th round by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 452nd overall pick.
The first local off the board was St. Louis catcher Iolana Akau who was picked in the 20th round by the Oakland Athletics with the 611th overall pick. Not long after, Mid Pacific's Marcus Doi was selected with the 738th pick in the 25th round by the Chicago Cubs. Doi -- the State's player of the year -- says he needs some time to determine whether he'll go pro or attend UH.
" I thought I wasn't going to get picked up today so, I was like, i'm just going to go to school and play for UH. Just work hard for the next three years and get drafted again. Since I got the call, it's back at 50-50. I'll just see what the offer is in the next month."
Draft picks have until July 12th to sign the offers tendered by their respective ball clubs.
Among the other Hawaii high school alums drafted:
30th Rd (911th) - OF, Ben McQuowan, Campbell University/Waianae HS - Oakland Athletics
32nd (974th) - 3B, Kale Sumner, HPU/Kailua HS - New York Yankees
35th (1,045) - RHP, Akoni Arriaga, Baldwin HS - Toronto Blue Jays
39th (1,179) - SS, Mark Karaviotis, Maui HS - Arizona Diamondbacks