Casanova, CSUDH pitcher taken in MLB draft

TWINS IN HIS FUTURE—Former El Camino College baseball standout Trevor Casanova was drafted in the 13th round by the Minnesota Twins in the Amateur draft last week. Casanova was a second team all-Big West Conference player at Cal State Northridge this past season. Photo by Joe Snyder

Former El Camino College baseball standout Trevor Casanova was drafted in the 13th round by the Minnesota Twins on June 6.

After keying the Warriors to the Co-South Coast Conference championship and into the California State Final Four in the 2017 season, Casanova transferred to Cal State Northridge and had a fine season there. He hit .345 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in. He was second team all-Big West Conference.

In the 2017 season, he hit close to .400 and helped El Camino to probably its best season ever with a school record 40 wins and 11 losses. The Warriors ended third in state after going 1-2 in the state tournament as a sophomore. Casanova was the 394th pick.

Also drafted was Cal State Dominguez Hills pitcher Rigo Fernandez who was taken in the 24th round by the Chicago White Sox. He was the 708th pick.

In the 2018 season, Fernandez had 12 starts. He finished with a 3-2 record in 57 2/3 innings of work. He was the 22nd Toro to be drafted since 2006.

The top overall pick went to Alabama Auburn right handed pitcher Casey Mize by the Detroit Tigers.

Mize finished with a 10-5 record and a 2.95 earned run average. He struck out 151 batters and walked only 12 in 109 2/3 innings. He helped the Tigers advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Mize uses four types of pitches in which he excels. Among his best are a fastball that averages in the mid-90’s miles per hour, and a split changeup.

Mize was undrafted out of high school but worked hard through college to be at the top. He is only the seventh ever player to go from not being drafted out of high school to a No. 1 overall pick. The previous was now Washington Nationals standout Stephen Strasburg in 2009. Strasburg has already hurled two no-hitters with the Nationals.

The second overall pick was Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart to the San Francisco Giants and the third was third baseman Alec Bohm of Wichita State to the Philadelphia Phillies.