DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis left-handers Robert Garcia and Orlando Razo each heard their names called on Wednesday morning, selected in the 15th and 16th rounds, respectively, on day three of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Garcia, a draft-eligible sophomore managerial economics major, was selected with the 450th pick overall by the Kansas City Royals, and was followed one round later by Razo, a redshirt junior communication major, who was taken with the 483rd overall pick by the Seattle Mariners.
The duo -- the 50th and 51st draftees overall from UC Davis since 1970 -- are the first Aggies takes in the Major League draft since Nick Lynch (30th round), Izaak Silva (31st round), and Max Cordy (40th round), were selected in 2015. Both Lynch and Silva were drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, while Cordy was a pick of the Minnesota Twins.
Garcia's selection in the 15th round marks the highest that a UC Davis player has been drafted since Steven Patterson was taken in the 10th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2014. The Manteca, Calif., native is the second Aggie drafted by the Royals, but the first since Gary Schlangenhauf was taken in the 33rd round in 1970.
He finished the year 2-7 overall with a 4.30 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 75.1 innings of work, including a three-hit shutout to go along with 11 strikeouts in a win over UC Santa Barbara on May 6 en route to Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
Razo, a San Mateo, Calif., native, is also the second UC Davis selection of the Mariners all-time, but the first since Ryan Royster was picked in the 13th round in 2008. The All-Big West honorable mention selection was twice named the league's pitcher of the week, finishing the year with a 5-4 overall record and a 4.21 ERA while leading the Aggies with 92 innings pitched and 82 strikeouts.
He finished seventh in the league in the latter category, while ranking among the Big West's top 10 in opposing batting average (eighth, .253) and innings (seventh). He struck out a career-high 13 against Utah Valley on Feb. 25 and tossed a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts against Cal Poly on April 14 at Raley Field.
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