June 8, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford saw four student-athletes selected during the final day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. All said and done, the Cardinal had seven players selected in the three-day event.
Stanford now has had at least seven players drafted in back-to-back years for the first time since 1995-96.
To start things off Saturday, junior shortstop Lonnie Kauppila heard his name called 477th overall to the Seattle Mariners. The 16th-round selection batted .271 with 20 runs scored and 16 RBI, six doubles and 18 walks in 2013. Kauppila started 44 games and had a .957 fielding pct.
Kauppila bounced back from a knee injury suffered in his sophomore campaign that sidelined him for the final two months of the 2012 slate.
A.J. Vanegas, a junior right-handed closer, went 581st overall to the Oakland Athletics in the 19th round. A native of Alameda, Calif., the closer who grew up in the shadows of Oakland's home turf went 1-1 with four saves and a 3.12 ERA in eight outings this season.
One pick later, the San Francisco Giants tabbed Garrett Hughes as the 582nd overall pick in the 19th round. Hughes finished his redshirt-senior season 2-2 with four saves in 24 appearances while logging a 2.08 ERA. Hughes fanned 36 in 34.2 frames of work.
In the 28th round, senior designated hitter Justin Ringo went 845th overall to St. Louis. Ringo shined during his All-Pac-12 campaign, appearing in 53 games while making 51 starts. Ringo scored 39 times and posted a .488 slugging pct. with a .400 on-base pct. He was successful in each of his nine stolen base attempts.
Ringo hit .323 with 34 RBI and 98 total bases, adding 11 doubles and two triples. He also posted a 12-game hitting streaking in the middle of the Pac-12 slate.
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