MLB Draft Effect

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The major league baseball draft took place all the way back on June 6, but the real news for USC's baseball program came this week when players decided to sign or not to sign with the big league club that picked them.

The deadline came and went Monday night and head coach Frank Cruz is generally happy with how things shook out. The program received an unexpected boost when ace pitcher Andrew Triggs (pictured) spurned the big leagues to get his masters and play another year at Troy.

Andrew-Triggs.jpg"The biggest surprise of the summer was that Andrew Triggs came back to school," Cruz said.  "There's no freshman in America that could come in and do what he is going to do for us."

Speaking of freshmen, the Trojans lost two members of the 2011 recruiting class, but they expected 50th pick overall Travis Harrison to go pro.  As for shortstop Christian Lopes, USC had some bad luck.

Lopes was drafted by the Blue Jays who were the only team unable to secure its first round pick.  When Toronto failed to sign Vanderbilt recruit RHP Tyler Beede, extra money was freed up to tempt Lopes.

"We kind of felt like we were going to get him," said Cruz about Lopes.  "Vanderbilt's fortune was our misfortune, but that's the way the draft goes."

"In the big picture, we really did well," the head coach said.  "We have some good young players coming in and some mature players coming back in Alex Sherrod, Kevin Roundtree and Triggs.  We're really excited about our team."

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