Published Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | 11:02 a.m.
Updated Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | 9:28 p.m.
Arbor View’s Zach Quintana became the second Nevada prep baseball player drafted in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Entry Draft when he was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday morning. Bishop Gorman’s Joey Gallo went 39th overall Monday night to the Texas Rangers.
Quintana, a 5-foot-11 right-handed pitcher, was the 122nd overall selection and the first pitcher Milwaukee took in the draft. According to Scout.com, Quintana, who has signed to play at San Diego State, is the second best high school prospect in the state, behind Gallo.
As a senior, Quintana helped Arbor View reach the final of the Sunset Regional with a 9-2 record, a 2.82 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 67 innings. Despite defeating Bishop Gorman in their first meeting at the regional tournament, Arbor View failed to make the state tournament because the Gaels fought back through the loser's bracket and defeated the Aggies 12-2 in the finals.
Last August, Quintana competed in the Area Codes Baseball Games, a tournament for some of the nation’s elite prospects. On the first day, Quintana averaged 91.5 mph on his pitches, faster than any one else in attendance.
Later in the day, the Boston Red Sox took Silverado shortstop Mike Meyers in the 12th round with the 391st overall selection.
Meyers, a UNLV signee, earned all-state recognition as a senior after helping Silverado reach the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season. He’s the second member of the Rebels’ 2012 recruiting class to be drafted: corner infielder Ron Miller of Junipero Serra High (Calif.) was taken two rounds earlier with the 217th overall pick.
Miller is committed to UNLV but has not yet signed.
Three Bishop Gorman High graduates were also selected Tuesday during the draft’s second day, starting with pitcher Tyler Wagner (2009) of the University of Utah going in the fourth round to the Brewers with the No. 155 overall pick. Despite winning two games this spring, the junior had a respectable 3.59 earned run average.
Also, outfielder Joey Rickard (2009) of the University of Arizona went in the ninth round with the 302rd overall pick to the Tampa Bay Rays, and University of San Diego pitcher Paul Sewald (2008) was selected by the New York Mets in the 10th round with the 320th overall pick.
Sewald led San Diego with 75 strikeouts this spring and held opponents to a .234 batting average in posting a 8-4 record. Rickard batted .326 with 54 runs scored and a team-leading 17 stolen bases for Arizona.