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Sisto, Almadova, Amaral selected on Day 3 of MLB Draft

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    UH starting pitcher Matt Sisto
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The Philadelphia Phillies used the final pick of the 20th round to select former University of Hawaii pitcher Matt Sisto No. 638 overall in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

Sisto, who wasn’t selected last year as a draft-eligible junior, went 8-4 with a 3.46 ERA in his senior year. He struck out 45 and walked only 11 batters in 91 innings.

His 55 career starts for UH are tied for the second-most in school history.

Sisto was the first Rainbow and second player with local ties selected in the draft after Baldwin’s Branden Kaupe was picked by the New York Mets in the fourth round on Tuesday.

The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Hawaii outfielder Breland Almadova in the 37th round (No. 1,143 overall).

Almadova, who worked out for the club last week, hit .267 with 21 runs scored and 12 stolen bases during his junior year.

If he chooses not to sign, he is eligible to return to UH for his senior year.

Hilo’s Blake Amaral, who recently completed his senior season at Hawaii Pacific, was selected in the 40th round (No. 1,227) by the Los Angeles Angels.

Amaral hit .358 with four homers, 14 doubles and 45 RBIs this year. He’s the first played from Hawaii drafted out of HPU since Kaimi Mead in 2008.

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