Local baseball standouts Tommy Richards and Jason Wilson each were picked up by Major League Baseball clubs Wednesday during the third and final day of the 2012 MLB draft.
Richards, a Bend High graduate and a senior second baseman at Washington State University, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 24th round, and Wilson, a senior right-hander at Western Oregon University who graduated from Bend’s Summit High, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 26th round.
Richards, who hit .289 this season, set a WSU single-season record for fielding percentage by a second baseman (.983) and was involved in 47 of the Cougars’ Pac-12 leading 64 defensive double plays.
Wilson went 5-2 for the NCAA Division II Wolves in 2012, striking out 58 batters in 62 innings.
Around the state, Oregon State University senior infielder Ryan Dunn was selected in the 17th round of the draft Wednesday, also by Tampa Bay, and Beaver senior catcher Ryan Gorton was picked up by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round.
Three players from the University of Oregon were also selected during the final day of this year’s draft. Outfielder Aaron Jones, a draft-eligible sophomore, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 18th round; redshirt junior right-hander Joey Housey was picked in the 27th round by the Cincinnati Reds; and senior right-hander Alex Keudell, the 2012 Pac-12 pitcher of the year, was drafted by Tampa Bay in 27th round.
— Bulletin staff report
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