Written by Borna Nazari, student intern
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Six Toreros were selected in the MLB Draft Wednesday, joining Riley Adams, who was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the third round (No. 99 overall) on Tuesday. The Toreros have had at least seven players selected in the MLB Draft in three of the last four years.
1B Roman Garcia (19th round, Houston Astros), RHP Jonathan Teaney (20th round, Cleveland Indians), OF/C Colton Waltner (21st round, Minnesota Twins), RHP Sean Barry (21st round, Chicago Cubs), LHP Troy Conyers (23rd round, Atlanta Braves) and OF Hunter Mercado-Hood (31st round, Los Angeles Dodgers) were all drafted on Wednesday.
Senior Roman Garcia (Chula Vista, Calif.) had a breakout senior campaign for USD, which earned him All-WCC honorable mention. The first baseman hit .292 while leading the team in home runs (14), doubles (22) RBI (53) and slugging percentage (.598). His 22 doubles tied for the second most ever in a single-season in program history.
Teaney, a junior right hander from Palmdale Calif., struck out 50 batters in 39.0 inning, while posting a 5-1 record, which tied him for second most wins on the team. He held his opponents to a batting average of .231 and averaged 10.91 strikeouts per nine innings in his USD career.
Waltner missed the entire 2016 season due to injury and rebounded to hit .290 in 2017 while playing stellar defense in center field. Drafted as a catcher by the Twins, Waltner, was a perfect 14-for-14 in stolen bases this season.
A 6-2 senior transfer from Santa Barbara CC, Sean Barry held a record of 5-1 with a 4.43 ERA in 42.2 innings of work. Barry, a member of the WCC All-Academic team, was one of the most reliable arms in the Torero bullpen. He recorded 54 strikeouts in addition to holding his opponents at a low average of .241.
Conyers, a 6-5 southpaw from Lakeside Calif., had a stellar 2.70 ERA in 46.2 innings as a redshirt senior. The All-WCC honorable mention selection only walked 13 batters while holding the opposition to an average of .221. Striking out 65 batters, Conyers finished the year with 13 saves, tied for the third most in a single season in program history. The USD closer was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List.
Mercado-Hood (Brentwood, Calif.), an All-WCC second-team selection, had his best season in his senior year for the Toreros. Overall, he hit .314 with nine home runs and 38 RBI, all drastic improvements from his junior year. He led the team in runs scored (47) and was second in doubles (18).
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