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Karaviotis could hear his name called in MLB draft
June 5, 2013 - Robert Collias
Always a better indicator than not — although it is far from perfect — Maui High School shortstop Mark Karaviotis appears to have a very good shot at being selected in the Major League Baseball draft as he is one of nine prospects listed on the Hawaii page of the draft tracker portion of the MLB website.
Three others who, like Karaviotis, played in the Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I state tournament at Maehara Stadium — Marcus Doi of state champion Mid-Pacific, Tanner Nishioka of Iolani and Kean Wong of Waiakea are also listed on the Hawaii page, along with another player who played in the last state tournament on Maui, Michael Suiter of Kansas and formely Punahou.
Karaviotis has signed with Oregon, while Doi, Nishioka and Wong, the younger brother of 2011 first-rounder Kolten Wong, have all signed with UH. It is my guess that Karaviotis goes to Oregon, and at least two of three Hawaii signees go to Manoa.
If none of the UH kids from the state end up playing for the Rainbow Warriors, it would be major fuel to the hot seat coach Mike Trapasso is currently feeling.
I, and almost everyone else I know with baseball knowledge, was a little bit surprised when Baldwin second baseman Branden Kaupe went in the fourth round to the New York Mets last year. Kaupe was not listed on the Hawaii list on MLB.com last season, but still became the second-highest draftee ever from Maui County.
Another Maui County possibility for this season's draft is Baldwin shortstop Akoni Arriaga, who is also a relief pitcher who has been clocked in the 92-93-mph range. Arriaga has already signed with Yavapai (Ariz.) Junior College if the draft doesn't go his way.
The draft starts with the first two rounds on Thursday, rounds 3-10 are Friday, and the final 30 rounds are Saturday. Here is a link to MLB Draft Central with all the information you need.
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