Six from Hawaii chosen on final day of Major League Baseball Draft

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After Iolani’s Shane Sasaki was taken in the third round by the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, the final 30-rounds of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft was held on Wednesday, where a total of six island baseball payers were selected.

The first player with Hawaii-ties to get the call was University of Hawaii pitcher Dylan Thomas. The Rainbow Warrior closer was selected in the 13th round by the Minnesota Twins with the 389th overall pick.

Up next was the first of four Hawaii high school graduates to get selected on Wednesday, as St. Joseph School of Hilo alum Edgar Barclay was tabbed by the New York Yankees in the 15th round with the 465th overall selection.

LMU’s Codie Paiva who was the West Coast Conference pitcher of the year was chosen next by the Miami Marlins in the 22nd round. The Kamehameha graduate was taken with the 651st overall selection.

Leilehua graduate Trayson Kubo, who completed his senior season at Stephen F. Austin in 2019 was taken in the 24th round with the 734th overall selection by the Oakland Athletics.

Sasaki’s Iolani teammate Micah Yonamine was next taken in the 29th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Illinois State baseball commit was selected with the 870th overall pick of the draft.

The final Hawaii player chosen was former Baldwin standout Anthony “Bubba” Ho’opi’i-Tuionetoa. The Texas Rangers took the pitcher in the 30th round as the 895th overall pick. He spent the last year at Pierce Community College after turning down a 16th round selection by the Minnesota Twins a season ago.

It’s expected that all of the Hawaii players chosen in the 2019 Major League Draft will likely sign professional contracts in the coming weeks.

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