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Oliva and Cloney join Matijevic in MLB Draft

Posted: 6:23 PM, Jun 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-14 01:57:11Z
Former Wildcats Jared Oliva and J.C. Cloney join J.J. Matijevic as Major League Baseball draftees.
 
Oliva was selected in the seventh round by Pittsburgh. The junior saw his batting average rise from .240 last season to .321 this year. Baseball America considers Oliva to be the 140th best prospect.
 
Pitcher J.C. Cloney was picked in the ninth round by the Kansas City Royals. Cloney, a senior, was 7-2 this season with a 3.11 ERA in eleven starts.
 
This comes after the Astros selected Matijevic last night with the final pick of the second round. Matijevic was the Pac-12 batting champion this past season. He hit just .238 as a freshman at Arizona but improved to .287 as a sophomore before breaking out with a .383 average this season. He also hit 10 home runs and posted a 23-38 strikeout to walk ratio in 59 games. His approximate pick value is more than $750,000. Matijevic was drafted out of high school in 2014 by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round but opted to attend Arizona.
Other Wildcats could get selected as the eleventh round begins on Wednesday.
 
University of Arizona Baseball lost in the Lubbock regional of the NCAA tournament this past season.