June 7, 2004
University of San Diego junior Freddy Sandoval (Tijuana, Mexico; Marian Catholic HS) was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the eighth round (233rd overall pick) of the 2004 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Monday. Sandoval, a switch-hitting third baseman, drove in a league-high 59 RBI and hit nine homeruns this past season for USD. In three seasons as a Torero, Sandoval (6'1", 200 lbs) belted 20 homeruns, hit 46 doubles and totaled 132 RBI. Sandoval becomes the highest USD player selected since David Bagley and Ricky Barrett were taken in the seventh round (211 and 212 overall) in June of 2002.
"The fact that Freddy was taken on day one of the draft is a direct reflection of his work ethic," comments USD head coach Rich Hill. "He works extremely hard and has a real passion for the game, it shows, he brings it to the park everyday."
Sandoval helped San Diego win back-to-back West Coast Conference Championships (2002 & 2003) and advance into the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history. Sandoval's WCC-leading 59 RBI last season ranks fourth highest for any Torero in a single-season. Sandoval hit .368 (28-of-76) with runners in scoring position in 2004 and .400 (6-of-15) with the bases loaded. Batting right-handed he also ripped lefties at a rate of .438 (21-for-48).
MLB.com's draft coverage included this scouting report on Sandoval... evenly proportioned, athletic frame. Broad, rounded shoulders. Good upper body strength. Strong defined arms & forearms. Solid through middle. Strong legs. Similar to ricky gutierrez. Open stance. Aggressive fb hitter approach. Quick bat speed through zone. Gap pwr, easy future avg, both sides. Uses whole field to hit. Playable 3b arm, fair accurate. Alert fielder, makes play in well. Consistent contact both sides of plate. - MLB.com.
Rounds 1-18 were completed on Monday with 551 players being selected. The remainder of the draft will take place on Tuesday.
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