ATWATER -- For Brett Mooneyham, the wait is over. The former Buhach Colony pitcher was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 15th round of the MLB draft on Friday morning. Projected to go anywhere in the top five rounds, Mooneyham slipped to the Padres with the 465th overall pick. "I was a little surprised that it was the Padres," said Mooneyham, who had in-house visits with the Angels, Brewers, Yankees, Reds and Giants in the months leading up to the draft. "They weren’t one of the teams I was expecting to get drafted by, but you never know how the draft will go.”
The 6-foot-4 left-hander led Buhach Colony to the brink of a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title in the spring. He went 9-2 with a .966 ERA, striking out 103 batters in 58 innings. Former Merced star and UC Davis pitcher Eddie Gamboa and Merced College freshman Bradin Hagens were also drafted. Gamboa, who went 7-3 with a .261 ERA and helped Davis upset Stanford in its first-ever appearance in a Division-I regional game, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 21st round. Hagins was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 37th round. The three join former BC slugger and UC Davis catcher Jake Jefferies, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with the first pick of the third round on Thursday.