Eleven Trojans Selected in Baseball Draft.

    June 3, 1998

    LOS ANGELES - While the USC baseball team continues to do battle at the College World Series, many of its players received news that their services have been requested in the professional ranks.

    Eleven Trojans were selected in the Major League Baseball draft held Tuesday and Wednesday, highlighted by senior pitcher Seth Etherton's first-round selection (18th overall) to the Anaheim Angels. Ironically, Etherton grew up in Orange County.

    "I'm very excited to be with the Angels," Etherton said from Omaha, Neb. "It's been a lifelong dream to stay home and play for them. They're 25 minutes from home and are a great organization.

    "I was very shocked and pleased (when I got the call). I want to sign quickly and go out and play."

    Said Angels Director of Scouting Bob Fontaine Jr.: "We are pleased to have the opportunity to select a fine collegiate pitcher like Seth Etherton. He has shown continual improvement over his collegiate career and will be a tremendous asset to our organization."

    Jason Saenz, a junior lefthander, went in the third round (94th) to the New York Mets. Junior rightfielder Brad Ticehurst went in the eighth round (233rd) to the Texas Rangers and junior righthander Mike Penney was also taken in the eighth round (236th) to the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Senior third baseman Morgan Ensberg went in the ninth round (272nd) to the Houston Astros, junior first baseman Robb Gorr was taken in the 14th round (426th) by the Los Angeles Dodgers and junior righthander Craig Jones was selected in the 16th round (467th) by the Kansas City Royals.

    Senior outfielder Jeremy Freitas went in the 25th round (737th) to the Royals and senior closer Jack Krawczyk also went in the 25th (746th) to the Brewers.

    Senior catcher Jeff DePippo was taken in the 27th round by the Cleveland Indians and senior second baseman Wes Rachels went in the 33rd round to the Philadelphia Phillies.

    The 11 Trojans chosen was the most USC players drafted since 13 were taken in the 1978 draft and ties with the 1966, 1968 and 1975 years for the second-most ever.