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Three Beavers, two Ducks chosen on Day 3

Three Oregon State baseball players, two from the University of Oregon and a few notables with major league ties were selected Saturday on Day 3 of the MLB first-year player draft.

Oregon State infielders Trever Morrison (12th round, Milwaukee) and Caleb Hamilton (23rd, Minnesota) and right-handed pitcher John Pomeroy (13th, Pittsburgh) were chosen Saturday to boost the number of Beavers drafted to five.

Oregon shortstop Mark Karaviotis (19th, Arizona) and center fielder Austin Grebeck (21st, Seattle) were also picked on Day 3, bumping the number of Duck draftees also to five.

Morrison batted .271 in three seasons for Oregon State with 12 triples — good for second in school history — and 61 RBIs. Pomeroy made 23 appearances in three years with the Beaverson, going 2-0 with a 5.29 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 17 innings.Hamilton started 124 of his 149 games over three years, batting .223 with 53 RBIs.

The junior Karaviotis is a two-year starter who redshirted this past season due to injury. As a Duck he hit .255 with 43 RBIs. Grebeck was an honorable mention all-Pac-12 Conference pick after batting .250 this past season and leading the league in runs scored (53) and walks (42). The junior Grebeck was also named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.

Some prominent names also went off the board Saturday, with the Seattle Mariners adding another Griffey who makes fantastic catches. This one, though, does it on the gridiron instead of the outfield.

Trey Griffey, the son of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., was selected by the Mariners in the 24th round — fittingly, his father's old team and jersey number.

It appears the pick on the draft's final day was simply the Mariners paying homage to their former star. The younger Griffey is a wide receiver at the University of Arizona, but hasn't played baseball competitively since before high school.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder certainly has the athletic bloodlines, though, catching 11 passes for 284 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown grab as a redshirt junior last season. The Mariners listed him as a center fielder, just like his All-Star dad.

Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame next month, and the Mariners plan to retire his No. 24 this season.

The last day of the draft, when rounds 11-40 are conducted, is usually filled with familiar names. And, this year was no different.

The Los Angeles Angels enlisted Torii Hunter, their former All-Star outfielder, to announce during the draft conference call that they had selected his son, Torii Hunter Jr., in the 23rd round.

The younger Hunter is an athletic outfielder for Notre Dame who hit .182 (2 for 11) with one RBI and two stolen bases while playing in 19 games during his junior season. Like Griffey's son, though, the 6-foot, 195-pound Hunter has had a bigger impact on the football field as a wide receiver for the Irish football team, catching 28 passes for 363 yards and two TDs last season.

Boston followed several baseball bloodlines, taking five players with big league ties: Nevada high school shortstop Nick Quintana (11th round), brother of Atlanta minor league pitcher Zach Quintana; Holy Cross shortstop Nick Lovullo (20th), son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo; Illinois high school shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald (30th), son of former Cardinals first baseman Mike Fitzgerald; Georgia Southern outfielder Jordan Wren (36th), son of Red Sox executive Frank Wren; and California high school shortstop Carter Aldrete (37th), nephew of Oakland first base coach Mike Aldrete.

University of Miami outfielder Jacob Heyward, brother of the Cubs' Jason Heyward, was picked by San Francisco in the 18th round. Heyward was hitting .227 with six home runs and 38 RBIs for the Hurricanes, who lost 5-3 to Boston College on Saturday to miss out on a College World Series berth.

Among other notable selections Saturday:

— The Yankees took Colorado high school right-hander Bo Weiss, son of Rockies manager Walt Weiss, in the 29th round.

— Brandon Bonilla, a left-hander from Hawaii Pacific and the son of former slugger Bobby Bonilla, was selected in the 13th round by Baltimore.

— Ball State right-hander Zach Plesac, nephew of former reliever Dan Plesac, went in the 12th to Cleveland.

— Mississippi high school shortstop Grae Kessinger, grandson of former All-Star shortstop Don Kessinger, was drafted in the 26th round by San Diego.

— San Jacinto College North second baseman Nick Shumpert, son of Terry Shumpert and cousin of Mookie Betts, went in the 28th round to Atlanta.

— Florida prep shortstop Branden Fryman, son of Travis Fryman, was taken by the Mets in the 37th round.

The final player selected in the draft was California high school outfielder Jeremy Ydens, who went in the 40th round — No. 1,216 overall — to St. Louis.

Philadelphia led off the draft Thursday night by taking sweet-swinging California prep outfielder Mickey Moniak with the No. 1 pick. The state of California had the most players drafted with 203, and just five states had no players selected during the three-day event: Alaska, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.