YUMA, Ariz---Five former Arizona Western College Matadors were selected by Major League Baseball organizations this past week during the MLB's 2019 Amateur Draft.
Two members of the 2019 Matador Baseball team bookended three more former Mats who were drafted out of four year schools, all five were selected on Wednesday.
The Matadors began to come off the board in the 13th round when Sophomore Zach Huffins was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays. Huffins led the Matadors this season in Home Runs, Stolen Bases, and RBI while playing in 50 games.
In the 20th round, former Matador Najee Gaskins was picked out of St. Cloud State by the San Francisco Giants. Gaskins was a Matador for two years and apart of the Region I Championship teams in 2017 and 2018. Gaskins played in 21 games for the Mats in '18 while posting a .318 average.
The first of three Matador pitchers would come off the board in the 23rd round when former Matador Jayden Murray's name was called by the Tampa Bay Rays. Murray went 10-3 for Dixie State in 2019 while leading the team with 92 strikeouts in 83 innings over 14 starts.
Trayson Kubo was taken by the Oakland Athletics in the 24th round out of Stephen F. Austin.Kubo appeared in 19 games for the Lumberjacks in 2018 while striking out 64 in 64 innings.
The final Matador selected was Sophomore righty Gabriel Ponce who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 28th round.Ponce made 11 starts for the Matadors in 2019 and posted an impressive 1.75 ERA for Arizona Western.
Arizona Western concluded the 2019 season at 38-18.