Two local ball players were the center of attention during MLB draft week.
Blue Devil Matt Trask — a big, personable pitcher who has earned a bagful of honors during his three-year career at Davis High — was high on the radar for several organizations.
Aggie infielder Steven Patterson, a guy who battled injuries but put his stamp on UC Davis diamond lore, felt he had a chance of being picked in early rounds.
Patterson went in the 10th round to Cleveland on Friday as the draft continued through Saturday.
Trask — undrafted — was not disappointed and remained busy. He played in the Saturday Optimist All-Star Game at Sacramento State. His next stop, UCLA.
“The Red Sox called (last week),” Trask told The Enterprise. “They said they wanted to take me in the fifth round. They offered $228,000. That wasn’t enough.”
Trask knew education and further development as a pitcher while with the Bruins are more important than the money, but he still has Major League Baseball on his radar.
And UCLA coach John Savage is breathing easier.
Patterson, whom UC Davis coach Matt Vaughn called the heartbeat of his Aggies over the past two seasons, was the 308th player taken overall.
Hit hit .325 lifetime for UCD. His play at second base was sterling and, like Vaughn indicated, his leadership inspiring.
But Patterson missed almost three weeks with a foot injury after being hit by a pitch.
Upon his return, the Aggies played strongly down the stretch, but the time missed might have cost the two-time All-Big West Conference second-teamer a place on the league’s first team.
Patterson’s 10th-round selection makes him the Aggie taken highest in the draft since pitcher Scott Lyman went in the 10th round to the then-Florida Marlins in 2011.
The Stockton native is the 47th Aggie to be selected since 1970 in the first-year player draft. According to UCD media relations official Jason Spencer, Patterson joins outfielder Ryan Royster as the only Aggie to be drafted by Cleveland (Royster did not accept that selection, returning to UCD, and was later picked by Seattle after his senior year).
Trask went 6-1 with a 1.51 earned run average for the Sac-Joaquin Section champion Blue Devils. With UCLA to fall back on, he was the picture of composure during the three-day MLB draft.
On Thursday — with the first two rounds being televised — Trask spent most of the afternoon at an Optimist Game practice. On Friday he admitted listening to some of the middle rounds, but Saturday he was tracked down at his girlfriend Mackenzie Harrison’s house. Trask was resting, waiting for the prep all-star outing.
Trask was the Delta Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2013, named DHS Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday and last Monday took the Bobby Jones Blue Devil MVP honor at the team’s banquet.
Notes: Former DHS pitcher Ben Eckels was drafted by Arizona in the 11th round in 2012, while Miami took ex-Devil Cody Keefer in the previous draft. … Patterson transferred to UCD from San Joaquin Delta College.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-320-4456.