Two more valley players drafted on Day 3 of MLB Draft

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FRESNO, Calif. — On the last day of the 2021 MLB Draft, two more valley baseball players were drafted on Tuesday. Fresno State outfielder EJ Andrews Jr. selected in the 13th round (380th overall pick) by the Colorado Rockies and Reedley College infielder BJ Vela selected in the 16th round (466th overall pick) by the Boston Red Sox.

As a junior with the Bulldogs, Andrews hit .325 with nine home runs. He led the Mountain West with 32 walks.

There’s also a good chance the Red Wave will get to see Andrews right here in Fresno. The Fresno Grizzlies is the Low-A Affiliate of the Rockies.

“When I finally got [the call] it was definitely a moment to remember,” explained Andrews. “It’s been a dream of mine since the moment I started playing the game, and knowing that I’m one step closer, it’s even more surreal.”

Andrews graduated Fresno State in three years with a business degree.

Meanwhile, Vela led the state in batting average last season hitting .481 with the Reedley Tigers. Vela is the highest drafted Reedley baseball player under head coach Steve Pearse.

“I was very excited,” Vela said. “It’s a dream come true. I’ve been working really hard for this. It was a lot of excitement and it was great to be around my family.”

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