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Eight players with Hawaii ties picked today in MLB draft

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University of Hawaii junior pitcher Josh Slaats was chosen by the Colorado Rockies in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft today with the 170th overall pick.

Slaats is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound right-hander. He was 5-4 with a 3.77 ERA in UH’s just-completed season.

>> UH recruit catcher Christian “Keanu” Carmichael, a recent Mililani High School graduate was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round with the 192nd pick.

The 5-11, 200-pound Carmichael was a consensus all-state choice as a junior at Kamehameha, but did not play baseball at Mililani after transferring.

>> UH junior shortstop Greg Garcia was picked in the seventh round by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 229th choice. The 6-foot, 175-pound first-team all-WAC performer led the Rainbows with a .358 batting average.

>> Right-handed pitcher Kenneth McDowell, a 6-3, 185-pound UH recruit, was picked by the Mets with the 242nd choice in the eighth round out of the College of Southern Nevada.

>> UH recruit Luke Taylor, a 6-6, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from Woodinville (Wash.) High School, went to the Mariners with the 282nd pick in the ninth round.

>> Chace Numata, a recent graduate of Pearl City High School, was selected by the Phillies with the 441st pick in the 14th round. The hard-throwing 6-foot, 175-pound Numata was drafted as a catcher.

>> Rainbows junior catcher David Freitas was tabbed by the Washington Nationals with the 446th pick, in the 15th round.

>> UH recruit Charles Kaalekahi, a right-handed pitcher out of Campbell High School, was taken by the Mariners in the 15th round with the 462nd pick. Kaalekahi is 6-2 and 175 pounds.

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