Kahaloa was drafted in the fifth round by the Reds
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
After a round one that saw no Hawaii prospects go off the board, day two of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft was a blessing for a pair of local standouts as Campbell's Ian Kahaloa and St. Louis alum Kaai Tom were drafted in the fifth round.
Kahaloa was the first to have his name called when the Cincinnati Reds pegged him with the 145th overall pick.
The Sabers ace ended last season as the state's top hurler with a .11-ERA and a fastball that reaches 98-miles per hour.
His draft slot brings a value of roughly $370,000.
As for the decision to take the offer and go pro, the Rainbow Warrior commit hasn't reached a definitive answer, but he told Hawaii News Now he's leaning toward signing.
It's the second straight year a pitcher has been drafted out of high school as Waiakea's Kodi Medeiros went 12th overall in 2014.
Kahaloa has until July 17 to make a final decision.
Nine picks after Kahaloa, Tom was selected by the Cleveland Indians.
The current Kentucky outfielder and former Crusader recently wrapped up his junior season with the Wildcats.
This past year, he led UK with 51-RBI, hitting at a clip of .375.
The Kaneohe native landed on the All-SEC first-team in his sophomore campaign.