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2 More UA baseball players taken in MLB draft: (Oliva & Cloney)

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Two more U of A baseball players were taken in the Major League Baseball draft today.  Here's more from ArizonaAthletics.com :

The Arizona Wildcats had two more players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday, one day after JJ Matijevic was taken in the second round on Monday.
 
Junior outfielder Jared Oliva was the first Wildcat off the board Tuesday. Oliva was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and was the 208th overall pick. He will join former teammate Kevin Newman, the team's first-round pick in 2015, in the organization. The Saugus, California native was selected five rounds after Matijevic, who was selected with the 75th overall pick Monday night by the Houston Astros. The Wildcats have produced at least two top-seven round picks in five of the past seven seasons.

In the ninth round, the second Wildcat of the day and third of the draft, JC Cloney, was selected. Cloney, a senior left-handed pitcher was taken with the 270th overall pick by the Kansas City Royals.It's the first time since 2013 the Wildcats have had three players taken in the top 10 rounds.
 
Oliva started all 59 games this season for the Wildcats. He batted .321 with 56 runs scored, 25 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 54 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He was named to the All-Pac-12 team and the league's All-Defensive team as the centerfielder.
 
Oliva and Matijevic combined for 55 doubles, the most ever by a set of Arizona teammates in the same season. Oliva also had 23 multi-hit games this season and 14 multi-RBI games, including two where he drove in five or more.
 
Oliva arrived at Arizona in 2014 as a walk-on from Saugus High School. He redshirted his first season in Tucson, before beginning his collegiate career. For his career, Oliva played in 170 games, drawing 152 starting assignments. He hit .282 with 105 runs, 164 hits, 38 doubles, 12 triples, nine home runs, 109 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He finished his career with a .982 fielding percentage in center.
 
Prior to Newman, the Pirates hadn't selected a player from Arizona since 2008 when right-hander pitcher Mike Colla was taken by the club in the 14th round.
 
Oliva's best game this season came against Santa Clara when he went 5 for 7 with three RBI, two doubles and two runs scored.

Cloney, who tossed 16 shutout innings at the College World Series as a junior and threw the first shutout in Finals history there, is the first Arizona player to be taken by Kansas City since Kevin Long in 1989. In his two seasons at Arizona, Cloney went 15-6 in 33 starts and was the team's Opening Day starter last season and this season. He compiled a 2.74 ERA in exactly 200 innings over his two seasons at Arizona. He struck out 132 batters to just 39 walks. This season as a senior, Cloney went 7-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 15 starts. 

Like Oliva, Cloney was an All-Pac-12 pick this season and was a member of the 2016 College World Series All-Tournament team. 

The draft continues Wednesday with rounds 11-40. Continue to check ArizonaWildcats.com for updates regarding Arizona players. 

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