EUGENE, Ore. – J.J. Altobelli, Christian Jones and Brett Thomas were all drafted on the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday. The Ducks finished with six players drafted, the second most in school history behind the eight drafted in 2011.
Altobelli (Newport Beach, Calif./Woodbridge HS) was drafted in the 18th round, the 545th overall pick, by the St. Louis Cardinals. The senior shortstop was a Pac-12 Conference first-team all-league pick and one of 14 players named to the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award watch list in 2013. He batted.276 with 24 RBI, while leading all Pac-12 shortstops with a .980 fielding percentage. Altobelli finished his career at Oregon as the all-time leader in the Ducks’ record books in games started (229), hits (211), runs (127) and at bats (802), while also ranking among the all-time leaders in doubles (2nd), RBI (2nd), walks (4th) and stolen bases (8th).
Jones (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) was picked in the 18th round, the 552nd overall selection, by the San Francisco Giants. The junior left-handed pitcher went 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 21 appearances this year. He ranks sixth all-time at Oregon in appearances with 57 and is ninth in starts with 14.
Thomas (Poway, Calif./Poway HS) was selected in the 21st round, the 627th overall selection, by the Seattle Mariners. The junior outfielder earned honorable mention all-conference honors this season after batting .317 with two home runs, 28 RBI and 15 doubles. He scored the second most runs (45) in a single season at Oregon in 2013, while also ranking among the all-time leaders in doubles (3rd), hits (7th) and at bats (10th). Thomas finished his third season at Oregon ranked among the school’s all-time greats in seven different career categories. He is third in doubles (34), fifth in games started (138), hits (159) and at bats (512), and in stolen bases (22).
Altobelli, Jones and Thomas join Ryon Healy (3rd round/Oakland A’s), Jimmie Sherfy (10th round/Arizona Diamondbacks) and Cole Wiper (10th round/Texas Rangers) who were all picked in the MLB Draft on Friday.