Five West Valley players were selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft from June 3 through June 5.
Mountain Ridge and Liberty high schools each boast two, while Sunrise Mountain has one. The players are Cameron Cannon, Alex Roth, Tyler Wyatt, Chandler Murphy and Emmet Flood.
Two former Mountain Ridge players, Cannon and Roth, who graduated in 2016, were chosen late in the draft. Cannon was selected by the Boston Red Sox and Roth by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cannon, a junior at The University of Arizona, was drafted in the second round, with the 43rd overall pick by the Red Sox. He played second base and shortstop in college and led the Wildcats in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS), hits, doubles and total bases in 2019. He was named to the Pac-12 team and Collegiate Baseball’s All-American Second-Team squad.
Cannon’s 92 base hits and 29 doubles led the Pac-12 and he ranked among the top 10 players in the conference in batting average (second), runs scored (second), total bases (third), slugging percentage (fifth), on-base percentage (fifth) and RBI (T-seventh).
Cannon’s 43rd overall pick comes with a $1.73 million signing bonus.
Roth, who is a junior at Western Oregon University, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 21st round as the 634th overall pick.
Roth transitioned from a reliever his freshman year to a starting pitcher his sophomore and junior seasons. After he earned run averages (ERA) of 3.18 and 3.77 his first two years, he posted a 2.35 ERA his junior year to lead the Great Northwest Athletic Conference by a 1.61 margin over every other qualified pitcher.
During the 2019 season, Roth was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Pitcher of the Year, First-Team All-GNAC, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Division II Collegiate Director of Athletics All-West Region First Team, named to the All-West Region Team by the America Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings, and was an honorable mention on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American team. He was named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and GNAC Pitcher of the Week after striking out 15 in seven innings, a school record.
Both players have signed with their respective teams and will begin their pro careers at a rookie league team.
Liberty’s Wyatt and Murphy were selected by the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros, respectively.
Wyatt, a 2015 graduate, just completed his senior season at Grand Canyon University with a .290 average, 37 doubles, 10 home runs and 123 runs batted in.
He was a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference player and holds GCU records in Division I games played (206), hits (192) and RBIs (123).
Murphy, a 2019 graduate who has committed to The University of Arizona as a pitcher, was chosen in the 36th round (1,096th pick).
Murphy finished his high school career with a 19-7 win-loss record, 2.05 ERA 212 strikeouts in 159 innings.
Flood, a 2016 graduate of Sunrise Mountain and former Glendale Community College infielder, was chosen in the 38th round (1130th pick) by the Chicago White Sox.