Four more locals join the ranks of drafted MLB players


Palo Alto High grad Christoph Bono and Sacred Heart Prep grad Andrew Daschbach were late-round picks in the MLB First Year Player Draft on Saturday.

Bono, the son of former 49er quarterback Steve Bono, was tabbed by the San Francisco Giants in the 37th round (1,115th overall) out of UCLA. Bono and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson were teammates at Paly.

Christoph Bono/UCLA Athletics
Daschbach was picked by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 40th, and final, round with the 1,200th overall selection. Daschbach signed a national letter of intent with Stanford.

Palo Alto native and Menlo Park resident Michael Tinsley was drafted in the seventh round by the Cleveland Indians.

Tinsley, a junior catcher at Kansas, completed a three-year career with one of the best offensive seasons all-time at Kansas.

He posted the best single-season batting average at Kansas since 2010 with a .377 clip (80-for-212), led the Big 12 in average and in hits (80); ranked third in runs scored (47), seventh in RBIs (42) and fifth in on-base percentage (.460).

His efforts earned him a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, the first-ever for a catcher in Kansas history.

"It was a strange day," Tinsley told the school's website. "My emotions ranged from ecstatic to relieved to beyond happy. I couldn't be more excited to hear my name called. Looking back, if I would have signed out of high school, I would have washed out by now. I have matured greatly over the last three years and it has fully prepared me for this next step in my life."

Stanford junior centerfielder Jack Klein was taken in the 33rd round by the Philadelphia Phillies, the 977th overall pick.

Klein played in all but one game for Stanford in 2016, including 51 starts. He was one of the best defensive centerfielders in the nation this year with a .994 fielding percentage on 160 chances, including two outfield assists.

The San Francisco native also had his share of highlights at the plate and on the base paths. He was second on the team with a career-high five home runs and was 5-for-5 on steal attempts. He was also third on the team with 21 walks.

In three years at Stanford, Klein has played 133 games in a Cardinal uniform. He has racked up 75 hits, including 16 doubles, one triple and six home runs. He has 43 RBI and eight stolen bases.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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2 people like this
Posted by John Furrier
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

Don't forget Michael Tinsley who was selected in the 7th round by the Cleveland Indians. He played for Palo Alto Babe Ruth and Serra HS.

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