The Cincinnati Reds made Randy Yard the fifth UH player taken in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, selecting the right-hander in the 36th round (No. 1,105 overall) today.
Yard, who has a year of eligibility remaining, was the fourth of six UH pitchers eventually drafted. He went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 14 games this season, holding opponents to a .209 batting average.
Hawaii set a school record with seven players taken over 50 rounds.
The Reds stayed local in the next round, drafting Punahou outfielder Michael Suiter in the 37th round (No. 1,135).
Suiter, who signed with Santa Clara, was named second-team all-state on Sunday after hitting .447 with two homers and 14 RBIs.
Alex Capaul was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 43rd round (No. 1,294).
Capaul was 2-2 with a 5.97 ERA as a senior. He tossed a six-hit shutout against Fresno State as a junior and performed well in the team’s pro day last fall.
Campbell pitcher Robert Kahana, a second-team all-state pick in 2011, was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the 44th round (No. 1,338).
Kahana was 3-4 with a 1.72 ERA as a senior, striking out 44 in 36 innings.
He was the first of two straight Sabers taken as catcher Chadwick (Po’okela) Ka’alekahi was drafted in the 46th round (No. 1,400) by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ka’alekahi, whose brother Charles signed as a 15th-round pick of the Seattle Mariners last year, hit .375 this season.
The Cardinals continued to pick up local talent, drafting Aiea outfielder Brock Asher in the 48th round (No. 1,460).
The round ended with the Philadelphia Phillies drafting Kamehameha first baseman Kewby Meyer at No. 1,471 overall.
Meyer, a first-team all-state pick this year, hit .523 with a .656 on-base percentage.
Connor Little added to UH’s total when the Florida Marlins grabbed him in the 49th round (No. 1,483).
The 6-foot-5 right-hander went 4-4 with a 4.99 ERA as a junior. He could return for his senior season if he doesn’t sign.
Kailua catcher Alan Baldwin, who signed to play for UH next season, was the 1,500th person picked in the draft when the Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the 49th round.
Baldwin was a second-team all-state pick, hitting .361 with two homers, 19 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
Draftees with local ties:
Kolten Wong (Hawaii, Kamehameha-Hawaii), 2B, Round 1, No. 22 overall, St. Louis Cardinals
Lenny Linsky (Hawaii), RHP, Round 2, No. 89, Tampa Bay Rays
Dayton Alexander (Feather River (Calif.) J.C., Kamehameha-Maui), OF, Round 6, No. 196, Oakland Athletics
Blair Walters (Hawaii), LHP, Round 11, No. 351, Chicago White Sox
Michael Blake (Hawaii), LHP, Round 16, No. 484, Arizona Diamondbacks
*Nic Cuckovich (Riverside C.C.), INF, Round 17, No. 516, Kansas City Royals
*Brett Harrison (Green Valley (Nev.) H.S.), INF, Round 18, No. 557, Detroit Tigers
Carlos Rodriguez (‘Iolani H.S.), LHP, Round 20, No. 626, Atlanta Braves
*Scott Squier (Greenway (Ariz.) H.S.), LHP, Round 21, No. 647, Detroit Tigers
Zack Kometani (San Diego, Punahou), 1B, Round 21, No. 653, San Diego Padres
Randy Yard (Hawaii), RHP, Round 36, No. 1,105, Cincinnati Reds
Michael Suiter (Punahou), OF, Round 37, No. 1,135, Cincinnati Reds
Alex Capaul (Hawaii), RHP, Round 43, No. 1,294, Arizona Diamondbacks
Robert Kahana (Campbell H.S.), RHP, Round 44, No. 1,338, Colorado Rockies
Chadwick “Po’okela” Ka’alekahi (Campbell H.S.), C, Round 46, No. 1,400, St. Louis Cardinals
Brock Asher (Aiea H.S.), OF, Round 48, No. 1,460, St. Louis Cardinals
Kewby Meyer (Kamehameha), 1B, Round 48, No. 1,471, Philadelphia Phillies
Connor Little (Hawaii), RHP, Round 49, No. 1,483, Florida Marlins
*Alan Baldwin (Kailua H.S.), C/OF, Round 49, No. 1,500, Tampa Bay Rays