Five more baseball players with local ties were selected on the third and final day of the Major League Draft Thursday. But just as notable, particularly for the fortunes of the UC Irvine program, were those not among the 1,521 players chosen.
Eric Oliver, a former Orange Coast College standout who was a senior first baseman at UC Santa Barbara in 2009, was taken in the 36th round (No. 1,101 overall) by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
UCI junior second baseman Casey Stevenson was the first of three current or future Anteaters taken within 20 picks.
The Milwaukee Brewers made Stevenson the 1,156th player chosen (38th round).
Drew Hillman, a two-time All-American third baseman at Orange Coast College who has signed with UCI, was taken in the 38th round (No. 1,159 overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays.