Geno Escalante Selected By San Francisco Giants In Major League Baseball Draft
Mount Olive College catcher Geno Escalante, this year's Division II National Defensive Player of the Year, was selected by the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants Saturday in the 15th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. The 462nd player picked overall, Escalante becomes the Trojans' third-highest draft pick. Escalante's selection marks the seventh consecutive year and eighth time in the last 10 years a Trojan has been taken in the MLB Draft.
Escalante, a senior from Fairfield, Calif., compiled a .399 batting average with 18 home runs, 35 doubles and 117 runs batted in during his two years at Mount Olive after transferring from Chipola (Junior) College. He ended the 2012 season with a school record 46-game hitting streak, the fourth longest in NCAA Division II Baseball history.
A two-time All-America at Mount Olive, Escalante was the 2012 Daktronics Division II Southeast Region Player of the Year. In 2013, he became the Trojans' first-ever Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove National Defensive Player of the Year. Opponents attempted only 30 stolen bases against Escalante this past season. He threw out 11 runners.
Escalante is the 13th Trojan to be drafted since 2007. Two Trojan draft picks, pitchers Carter Capps (2011) and Tom Layne (2007) are currently in the Majors, Capps with the Seattle Mariners and Layne with the San Diego Padres.
Capps was selected by the Mariners in the third round of the 2011 Draft. Outfielder Jeremy Nowak was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 2010 Draft.
Below is a list of Trojan draft picks since 2004:
Craig Hurba - Catcher (Texas Rangers)
Tom Layne - Pitcher (Arizona Diamondbacks)
David Cooper - Shortstop (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Casey Hodges - Pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
Erik Lovett - First Base (New York Yankees)
Ryan Schlecht - Pitcher (Texas Rangers)
Michael Williams - Pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Rich Racobaldo - Shortstop (St. Louis Cardinals)
Jeremy Nowak (Baltimore Orioles)
Carter Capps - Pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
Michael Knox - First Base (St. Louis Cardinals)
Pete Levitt - Pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
Jacob Rogers - First Base (Chicago Cubs)