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Maui has four MLB draft prospects
May 31, 2012 - Robert Collias
It could be a record-setting year for Maui in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that runs Monday through Wednesday.
Led by Baldwin's all-state infielder Branden Kaupe, no less than four Valley Islanders appear to have real draft chances.
Kaupe has signed with Central Arizona Junior College and will head there if his name is not called early enough — he looks like a top-10-round selection.
Former Kamehameha Maui standout A.J. Alexander hit .367 with 16 doubles and 38 RBIs in 47 games as a senior for New Mexico Highlands University and could join his younger brother, Dayton Alexander — a sixth-round choice for the Oakland A's last year out of Feather River (Calif.) J.C. — as a draftee.
Former Baldwin shortstop Jordan Negrini, who recently signed with Old Dominion after two standout seasons at Yavapai (Ariz.) J.C., is also mentioned as a draft prospect on a short list for the state in this piece from respected draft preview site perfectgame.org.
That trio of infielders, from my research, should all hear their names called. If the numbers don't jump off the table, Kaupe and Negrini are likely to go to school, their parents have told me.
Northwestern senior Michael Jahns, the former St. Anthony standout, rounds out the list as a late-round prospect who finished his senior season for the Wildcats with a 2-1 record and a save, 39 strikeouts in 35.1 IP, and a team-best 2.29 ERA in 18 appearances.
Maui has never had four MLB draftees in a single year.
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