The last time Colin Kaepernick fired a fastball to the plate was the spring of 2006, when the right-hander was pitching for Pitman High.
The 6-foot-6 Kaepernick put his glove away when he came to the University of Nevada that fall, and has become one of the nation’s most prolific quarterbacks while directing the Wolfpack’s spread attack.
The Chicago Cubs, though, haven’t forgotten what Kaepernick can do on the mound: They selected him in the 43rd round of Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft.
Thursday marked the end of the three-day event, and it was a busy one for Stanislaus District players. After six district players were picked during the first two days, an additional four were taken by the time the 47th round ended:
Joining Kaepernick were:
— Escalon High’s Leighton Pangilinan, a three-year varsity starter who discovered his power stroke this season, was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 40th round. The 6-3, 230-pound catcher — named to The Bee’s all-District team last weekend — hit .476 with nine homers, 14 doubles and 48 RBIs.
— Former Beyer High star Kyle Loretelli, now a power-hitting outfielder at Stanislaus State, was picked by the San Diego Padres in the 38th round. Loretelli hit 14 homers and was named to the 2009 Daktronics NCAA Division II all-West Region team.
Former Linden High hurler Eric Federico, who went 5-6 with a 4.06 ERA for Stanislaus State this spring, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 39th round.