Royals select ex-Knight Taylor in MLB draft

Jun 8 2013 - 11:15pm

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Dominique Taylor
Dominique Taylor

Former Northridge High outfielder Dominique Taylor was drafted by the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, the third day of the Major League Baseball draft.

Taylor, now a junior outfielder at UC Irvine, was selected by the Houston Astros two years ago. This time, he was taken in the 15th round. He was one of seven Utahns taken on the final day of the draft.

BYU third baseman Adam Law was taken in the 12th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the son of former coach Vance Law.

BYU outfielder Jaycob Brugman was taken by Oakland; BYU pitcher Adam Miller was taken by the Los Angele Angels; and Utah pitcher Trey Nielsen, a Skyline High graduate, was picked in he 30th round by St. Louis.

Salem Hills High infielder Taylor Snyder was taken late by Seattle. The Mariners later took his older brother Justin Snyder, also an infielder. They are the sons of former big leaguer Cory Snyder.

On the first day, the Chicago Cubs took BYU outfielder Jacob Hannemann in the third round.

The Utes also reported they had a pair of signees drafted. Mason Smith (Meridian, Idaho) was a fourth-round selection by San Diego. Tyler Viza (Phoenix) was selected in the 32nd round by Philadelphia.

All underclassmen have until July 12 to decide whether to return to school.

The New York Mets found a familiar name during the second day of the Major League Baseball draft.

University of Connecticut infielder L.J. Mazzilli, son of Lee, was drafted by the Mets in the fourth round Friday -- 40 years after the elder Mazzilli was a first-round pick of New York.

L.J. Mazzilli helped lead the Huskies to the Big East tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. He hit a team-best .354 with six home runs, 51 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.

The Yankees also went after famous bloodlines, drafting Michigan outfielder Michael O'Neill, nephew of Paul, in the third round.

"Congrats to my nephew Michael O'Neill," Paul O'Neill wrote on his Twitter page. "Drafted by the Yankees today!!!"

It's the second time Michael O'Neill was drafted by the Yankees after being selected by them in the 42nd round out of high school in 2010. He led the Wolverines in batting average (.356), hits (85), doubles (17), home runs (5) and stolen bases (23).

Coastal Carolina outfielder Jacob May, son of Lee May Jr. and grandson of Lee May, was also selected in the third round by the Chicago White Sox.

Northwestern right-hander Luke Farrell, son of Red Sox manager John Farrell, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round.

Georgia Tech outfielder Kyle Wren was taken in the eighth round by the Atlanta Braves, whose general manager is his father Frank.

Cal State Fullerton catcher Chad Wallach, the son of former All-Star third baseman Tim Wallach, was drafted in the fifth round by the Miami Marlins.

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