USC first baseman Ricky Oropesa was selected in the third round of the 2011 MLB draft, 116th overall, by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
Oropesa was a potential first-round selection entering the 2011 season, but most draft prognosticators had him pegged right around the third round in the weeks leading up the draft. He was the first Trojan taken in the 50-round draft after posting a .331 batting average, 40 homers and 159 RBI in a three-year career at USC. Oropesa, a Rancho Cucamonga native, is considered likely to sign after passing up a sizable signing bonus when selected by the Boston Red Sox out of high school in 2008.
MLB's slotted recommendation for the 116th overall selection is roughly $250,000 to sign, but the last two players to be taken 116th, the National's A.J. Coleand the Orioles' Randy Henry, have received $2 million and $365,000 signing bonuses, respectively.
Other USC players who could be selected on the draft's second day include right-handers Austin Wood and Andrew Triggs and outfielder Alex Sherrod.