MLB draft: One Ute, two Cougars taken on final day
Three players from Utah were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday.
University of Utah pitcher Tanner Banks was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 18th round. BYU pitcher Kolton Mahoney was picked in the 23rd round by Milwaukee. Cougar shortstop Tanner Chauncey went to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 35th round.
Banks was the 528th player selected in the three-day draft. He went 2-7 for the Utes this season with an earned run average of 5.71. He had 39 strikeouts and 18 walks in 52 innings.
Mahoney posted a 6-6 record at BYU with an ERA of 3.97. He threw a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Nicholls State. Chauncey has been serving an LDS Church mission. As a freshman in 2013, he hit a team-leading .328 for BYU.
Also Saturday, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, of Texas A&M, was taken by San Diego in the 28th round. The sons of Cal Ripken Jr. and Mariano River were drafted Saturday as well. Ryan Ripken went in the 15th round to Washington; Mariano Rivera III was the New York Yankees' 29th-round selection.
The sons of former big leaguers Bobby Bonilla, John Franco, Benito Santiago and Magglio Ordonez were also taken as baseball's draft wrapped up after three days.