Three Trojans selected on draft's final day

Three USC baseball players were drafted Wednesday on the third day of the 2010 MLB draft, giving the Trojans four draftees in this class after right-hander Andrew Triggs was chosen Tuesday by the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round.

The St. Louis Cardinals selected outfielder Mike O'Neill in the 31st round (949th overall), the San Francisco Giants took right-handed pitcher Kevin Couture in the 32nd round (978th overall) and the Dodgers chose first baseman Beau Brettin the 35th round.

O'Neill and Couture graduated last month; Brett was a draft-eligible sophomore.

O'Neill, who played center field during his senior season, was announced as a left fielder by the Cardinals. He finished his final season as a Trojan by hitting .391 in Pac-10 Conference play to raise his average to .344 for the season.

Couture posted a 2-4 record and 5.99 ERA for USC in 2010, his worst season in terms of earned-run average. His best came in 2008, when he went 6-2 with a 4.27 ERA.

Brett, the nephew of Hall of Famer George Brett, had just 30 at-bats for the Trojans this season, hitting .300 (9-for-30.

Two more players recruited by USC were also selected Wednesday: left-handed pitcher Kyle Richter (Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) went in the 44th round to the Colorado Rockies and shortstop James Roberts(San Francisco/Archbishop Mitty) was chosen by the Giants in the 42nd round.

Over the three-day draft, eight players who have either signed with or committed to USC were selected.