Four local high school baseball players committed to play for USC have been selected in the first two days of this week's 2012 MLB draft, meaning they'll soon be faced with the decision to enroll in college or sign a lucrative pro contract.
The first of those four was Lakewood right-handed pitcher Shane Watson, selected 40th overall on Monday by the Philadelphia Phillies in the compensation section of the first round. He could have to turn down a signing bonus of at least $1.3 million to go to school, according to the new MLB slotting chart.
Second was Long Beach Wilson pitcher/outfielder Chase DeJong, taken 81st overall in the second round by the Toronto Blue Jays. The slot signing bonus for his position in the draft is more than half a million, but it's likely he'll get considerably more to pass on school.
El Dorado left-hander Kyle Twomey went in the third round to the Oakland Athletics, 106th overall, and Bishop Amat pitcher/infielder Rio Ruiz was selected in the fourth round, 129th overall, by the Houston Astros.
Ruiz was once projected to go considerably higher before a blood clot in his shoulder forced him to prematurely end his senior season. He's being advised by Scott Boras, the MLB super-agent, and would also need a sizable signing bonus to forgo college.
No 2012 Trojans were selected during the draft's first two days, but a number of players could go Wednesday, the final day. Among those are right-handers Andrew Triggs and Martin Viramontes, who have both previously been selected.
Alex Glenn, a former USC outfielder, was selected in the 12th round Tuesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He transferred to Arizona Christian after the 2011 season and hit .351 with eight home runs and 21 stolen bases in 2012.