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If all goes well for Rick Anton, the left-handed pitcher for the University of Utah could be playing in Ogden this summer.
"I hope so," said Anton, drafted in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball amateur draft on Tuesday by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Anton, the 254th overall selection, was 9-1 for the Utes this season with a 2.52 earned-run average. Anton fanned 85 batters in 100 innings while walking 25.
The Ogden Raptors are the Dodgers' Pioneer League affiliate.
"It was a very good surprise," Anton said about his draft selection. He was projected for the 10th round or lower. "I don't know too much [about the Dodgers]. I remember the 1988 World Series and Kirk Gibson."
Anton received a few questionnaires from major league teams prior to the draft, but couldn't remember if he had filled out a questionnaire from Los Angeles.
He wasn't scouted nearly as heavily as Utah teammate C.J. Cron, a first-round pick of the L.A. Angels, but Anton might pitch to Cron this season if the Angels send the slugger to the Orem Owlz.
"I just want to be drafted," Anton said prior to Tuesday.
Two BYU pitchers were selected in the 29th round. The Florida Marlins grabbed senior Matthew Neil, while sophomore Taylor Cole was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cole, drafted in the 26th round in 2007 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, was 5-5 this season with a 2.99 earned-run average.
The Las Vegas native struck out 67 batters in 931⁄3 innings.
Neil of Mesa, Ariz., was 6-4 with a 2.42 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 852⁄3 innings.