Pacific Baseball: Longmire Taken By Cardinals In Fifth Round Of 2010 MLB Draft - Three Others Drafted in First 15
Junior Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) became the Tigers' highest draft pick since the 2007 season, after being taken in the fifth round by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 169th overall pick on the second day of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
For the remaining three players, this is their first time in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Brown became Pacific's second draft pick and was selected in the 14th round as the 422nd overall pick by the New York Mets. In that same round, Walker went to the Milwaukee Brewers as No. 429 overall. Waiting his turn for the next round, Oliveira went in the 15th to the Baltimore Orioles as the 448th overall selection.
Longmire is no stranger to the stage of the MLB Draft. As a senior out of Grossmont High School in San Diego, Calif., Longmire was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft. This season at Pacific, Nick got better as the year went on finishing as the top hitter in all 24 Big West Conference games. Longmire's .354 batting average against conference opponents topped the team, while his overall .327 batting average tied for fourth among all Pacific players. In conference, Nick also led the squad with his 34 hits in 24 games to lead the way for his 66 hits overall which were fourth-highest on the team.
As a junior second baseman on Pacific's roster, Brown paced Pacific offensively as the Tigers' best hitter. Brown tallied Pacific's highest batting average at .376, hitting as high as .436 midway through the 2010 season. J.B.'s .376 average was good enough to close him out as the Big West Conference's sixth-best hitter.
Walker closed out his career with his best season in Orange and Black. His team-leading 135 career RBI are just shy of Chip Sell's 144 which established the single-season record in 1994. Walker also led the Tigers in nearly every offensive power category having paced the team with 12 homeruns, 52 RBI, 123 total bases and a torrid .552 slugging percentage. Walker's 52 runs batted in this season were sixth best among all Big West Conference hitters.
After hitting .327 as a sophomore in 2007, Oliveira returned to form and set a new career high batting average this season, hitting a stellar .332 for the team's third-highest average. In conference play, Oliveira outdid himself and went .352 at the plate, to mark the team's second-highest batting average. Joe pounded out 62 hits this season, good enough for fifth overall and he led the roster with three triples to round out a total of 10 during his career at Pacific.
Pacific's Draft History
Pacific's highest pick in recent memory was the signing of Justin Baum to the San Diego Padres during the fourth round of the 2007 draft. Ten years prior, Dan Richert was the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 1997 MLB Draft. The most draftees Pacific has had in a single season sits at five, as five were drafted in both the 1994 and 2001 seasons.
This marks the first time in three seasons that Pacific has had players taken in the MLB Draft. In 2009, former Tigers Joey Centanni and Kurt Wideman signed free agent contracts after the conclusion of the draft.