Locals selected in MLB Draft

The wait was agonizing for both Jagger Rusconi and Jonas Wyatt.

Rusconi, a four-year standout for West Ranch High, saw each name called in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday and watched nervously with his family.

Wyatt, a hard-throwing pitcher from Quartz Hill, waited as well as the minutes took forever to pass.

“The process goes so slowly that just sitting there, it seems like it’s never-ending,” said Wyatt.

Both players saw their dreams come true eventually. Rusconi was selected in the fifth round by the Boston Red Sox and Wyatt was taken in the sixth by the Cleveland Indians.

Rusconi, who had previously signed with USC, was emotional as he reflected on the journey he took from his childhood.

“Just thinking about all the pitches my dad threw to me, my mom driving me to games and every coach who made this possible, I couldn’t be happier,” Rusconi said.

For Wyatt, who was surrounded by his parents and girlfriend, he was relieved the process was over and he could begin the next phase of his career.

“It happened the way it happened and now I’m ready to work hard and make myself even better,” Wyatt said.

Wyatt is the third Quartz Hill pitcher to be drafted in as many years. Ty Boyles was drafted two years ago by the Cincinnati Reds and last year, Jonathan Teaney was drafted but decided to attend the University of San Diego.

“It speaks to where our program is growing,” Quartz Hill head coach Aaron Kavanagh said, “We get these ballplayers and take care of them as best we can.”

West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill said his team got wind of Rusconi’s news in Las Vegas from parents who were keeping track of the draft during a summer ball tournament.

As word trickled down, the Wildcats briefly celebrated the fourth player from the school to be drafted.

“He will be thrilled to get started,” Burrill said, “He just wants to play and I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays for the Red Sox soon.”

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo first baseman Brian Mundell (Valencia) was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the seventh round. The ninth saw Cal State Northridge pitcher Jerry Keel (Palmdale) and Cal State Dominguez Hills pitcher Kevin Brown (Newbury Park) go to the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively.