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Bingham's Lail, Williams among eight Utahns taken in MLB draft

Published June 6, 2012 6:01 pm

Eight Utahns chosen on final day of draft, including Utah Ute infielder, two BYU hurlers.
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Bingham High pitcher Brady Lail was picked by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday.

Lail, the 577th pick overall, was one of eight Utahns taken on the final day of the draft.

His teammate Connor Williams, an outfielder and a pitcher, was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 36th round.

University of Utah infielder James Brooks was taken in the 20th round by the Washington Nationals.

Travis Huber, a pitcher who plays for Nebraska, was selected in the 23rd round by the Minnesota Twins. He is a former star at West Jordan High.

Southern Utah pitcher and former Murray High star Chase Rezac was taken in the 26th round by Cincinnati, and Utah Valley first basemen Goose Kallunki went to the San Diego Padres in the 27th round.

BYU had two pitchers selected: Chris Capper in the 26th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Austin Hall in the 33rd round by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lail says that if the Yankees' signing bonus is sweet enough, he will likely sign with New York, rather than honor his scholarship commitment to Arizona. He has until Aug. 15 to decide.

"I've been talking to the Yankees and they said that they want me to start playing for them right away," said Lail, who was 9-3 for the Miners this season. "This was one of my favorite teams growing up, and it's a great thing to be drafted by them."


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