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Part V of AZ HS players drafted my MLB: the 2000s

(Major League Baseball’s annual draft started Thursday, and a handful of players from Arizona’s high school are expecting to get selected, fulfilling a dream of many young players.

More than 400 in-state players have been drafted from 1965-2012. On Friday, aia365.com started running a list of the players who were drafted in the 1960s along with a story on a player who was drafted in that decade.

To view the list of the players drafted in the 1970s go here.

For the 1980s go here.

For the 1990s go here.

Below is a story on a player drafted in 2000s, Thunderbird’s Bryan Wagner. Below the story is the list of Arizona high school players drafted in the 2000s.

On Monday we'll reveal which high schools have produced the most drafted players and major leaguers since 1965.) 

                                               (Former Thunderbird High pitcher Bryan Wagner. Photo courtesy of  Brian Wagner.)

In the final round of Major League Baseball’s draft in 2004, the Chicago White Sox drafted Thunderbird High pitcher Bryan Wagner, the final Arizona high school senior chosen that year.

But despite being the No. 1,488 overall pick in the 50th round that season, Wagner still is in professional baseball. He was recently hired as an accountant by a league partially subsidized by MLB, the Australian Baseball League in Sydney.

With the new gig, Wagner attained everything he desired in a career — baseball, accounting, travelling. In high school is when the ambitious 27 year old learned that nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

On the final school day of his junior year, Wagner was told that he was carrying a cancerous tumor near his left right knee. Once he got past the shock and fear of receiving the alarming news when he was just 16, Wagner worked, worked and worked to make sure he pitched again despite doctors’ orders. 

The feel-good story of the 2004 high school baseball season in Arizona was Wagner’s return to the mound. What made Wagner’s story more touching was his close relationship with his grandfather, Walter, who was diagnosed with lung cancer a month after Wagner’s cancer was diagnosed.

Wagner was not just playing for himself during that magical yet bittersweet 2004 season.

You have cancer, son

Wagner was the starting quarterback, ace and on-campus leader at Thunderbird in 2003.

But when he sometimes ran the option or rounded a base, his left knee would buckle. Wagner went to get X-rays, which revealed the unthinkable.

“I remember the doctor putting his arm around me and saying, “Son, this is a little more serious than you thought,” Wagner said. “You have cancer.’ You are really never ready for that.

“It was so shocking. I broke down and cried and just looked at my family. I couldn’t play sports and get recruited. Those were my big dreams. You have these big plans. I broke down.”

Twenty percent of Wagner’s left femur, where the cancerous tumor formed, was removed.

He was told it would take a about year for him to recover. Shortly after receiving the terrible news, Wagner learned that his 75-year-old grandfather, who attended Wagner’s games, had lung cancer and only had about three months to live.

“It was a devastating 1-2 punch,” Wagner said.

The summer after his junior season, Wagner and Walter spent as much time as they could together at a cabin Walter built up north, where they made a pact they were able to fulfill.

If Walter fought to stay alive for as long as he could, Wagner would do all he could to slip on Thunderbird’s baseball uniform.

“I would love to be there for that,” Walter told Wagner.

Walter had all the motivation he needed to live for about eight more months.

As for Wagner, a swimming pool became his second home during his recovery phase, swimming 40-50 laps a day. He surprised everybody, including his teammates and doctors, when Wagner pitched in a December offseason game.

Doctors saw enough to give Wagner the green light to pitch during his senior high school season. There to see him throw in his first start was Walter, who was also present during Wagner’s second start, when Wagner tossed a no-hitter.

Walter, a war veteran, was in a wheelchair then, intently watching every pitch thrown by his grandson, who is cancer free now. 

“It was the happiest day of my life,” said Wagner about his only career no-hitter. 

But it was the last time Walter would see his grandson pitch.

On the day of his third pitching start, Wagner’s mom went to Thunderbird to tell her son that Walter died.

“Just knowing he (Walter) was there to see me pitch gave me the drive that season,” Wagner said. “He came from nothing but still supported a large family. He was of strong faith and mind. There was something special happening my senior season, something greater than myself. My grandfather represented discipline and hard work, which is important to our family. My grandfather was a special person.”

To honor Walter, Wagner decided to pitch on the day Walter died.

He lost that game, which was an extra inning affair against Sunnyslope. After the game, every Sunnyslope player gave Wagner a hug.

That was the only game Wagner lost that season, though. The 5-foot-9, right-handed Wagner made his grandfather proud that year, posting an 11-1 record, 105 strikeouts and a .97 ERA.

A long-time Valley scout with the White Sox, John Kazanas, who lost his wife to cancer, reached out to Wagner during that memorable 2004 season, to offer words of advice. With Kazanas’ blessing, the White Sox drafted Wagner, capping Wagner’s meaningful season with a great honor.

After high school, the 27 year old continued his baseball career at Glendale Community College and Union University in Tennessee before returning to the Valley to attend Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

“Honestly, it (high school) was one of my best times of my life,” Wagner said. “I experienced a lot that helped me grow up quickly, and I learned a lot about myself. I learned that if I dig deep down, I can do great things even at a young age.”

Arizona high school players drafted in the 2000s

2000

J.D. Durbin, 2nd round, No. 54 overall, RHP, Coronado High, Twins

Will Smith, 6th round overall, No. 161 overall, OF, Palo Verde High, Marlins

Ryan Schroyer, 16th round, No. 465 overall, RHP, Canyon del Oro, Tigers

Joel Crump, 17th round, No. 504 overall, LHP, Yuma High, Orioles

Travis Kaats, 28th round, No. 842 overall, OF, Desert Mountain, Red Soc

Ian Kinsler, 29th round, No. 879 overall, SS, Canyon del Oro, D-Backs

David Nowak, 33rd round, No. 972 overall, OF, Arcadia High, Twins

Jeff Lundgren, 33rd round, No. 982 overall, C, Chaparral High, White Sox

Michael Vargo, 33rd round, no. 994 overall, RHP, Fountain Hills, Rangers

Rod Allen, 34th round, No. 1,023 overall, 3B, Desert Vista High, Reds

Dusty Brown, 35th round, No. 1,052 overall, C, Bradshaw Mountain, Red Sox

Brad Bettcher, 40th round, No. 1,201 overall, RHP, Palo Verde, Red Sox

Josh Perrault, 40th round, No. 1,208 overall, RHP, Red Mountain, D-Backs

Jon Dobyns, 41st round, No. 1,2015 overall, RHP, Desert Vista, Devil Rays

Steve Barrabrants, 42nd round, No. 1,240 overall, 2B, Moon Valley, Twins

Charles Parkinson, 42nd round, No. 1,266 overall, OF, Blue Ridge, D-Backs

Brett Harper, 45th round, No. 1,343 overall, 3B, Desert Mountain, Mets

Isaac Johnson, 49th round, No. 1,422 overall, OF, Willcox High, Mariners

2001

Mike Jones, 1st round, No. 12 overall, RHP, Thunderbird, Brewers

J.J. Hardy, 2nd round, No. 56 overall, SS, Sabino, Brewers

David Cuen, 7th round, No. 220 overall, LHP, Cibola High, Dodgers

Dustin Yount, 9th round, No. 263 overall, 1B, Chaparral High, Orioles

Jason St. Clair, 10th round, No. 289 overall, SS, Desert Vista High, Devil Rays

Jimmy Stewart, 15th round, No. 460 overall, RHP, Sabino High, Dodgers

Justin Wilson, 17th round, No. 508 overall, LHP, Chandler High, Brewers

Josh Smith, 20th round, No. 598 overall, RHP, Lake Havasu, Brewers

Tim Wood, 21st round, No. 622 overall, RHP, Sabino High, Expos

 Ladd Hall, 22nd round, No. 669 overall, RHP, Buena High, Mariners

Josh Asanovich, 26th round, No. 769 overall, 2B, Highland High, Devil Rays

Jeff Larish, 32nd round, No. 948 overall, RHP, Reds, McClintock High, Cubs

Christopher Honsa, 33rd round, No. 993 overall, 33rd round, RHP, Corona del Sol, Red Sox

Emmanuel Lopez, 37th round, No. 1,113 overall, 1B, Globe High, Red Sox

Matt Pagnozzi, 40th round, No. 1,188 overall, C, Highland High, Cubs

Kevin Guyette, 41st round, No. 1,238 overall, RHP, Chaparral High, Mariners

Nick Cadena, 42nd round, No. 1,253 overall, C, Apollo High, Royals

Tanner Wootan, 43rd round, No. 1,288 overall, Mesa Mt. View, Red Sox

Jake Hanen, 46th round, No. 1,377 overall, OF, North High, D-Backs

2002

Jason Priddie, 2nd round, 43rd overall, OF, Prescott High, Devil Rays

Mike Nixon, third round, 91st overall, C, Sunnyslope High, Dodgers

Tom Wilhelmsen, 7th round, No. 199 overall, RHP, Tucson High, Brewers

Adam Mannon, 17th round, No. 499 overall, OF, Hamilton High, Brewers

Dallas Bates, 27th round, No. 799 overall, OF, Chandler High, Brewers

Kyle Emmons, 30th round, No 903 overall, SS, Chaparral High, Cubs

William Webster, 31st round, No. 913 overall, Moon Valley High, Pirates

Doug Mathis, 34th round, No. 1,021 overall, RHP, Show Low, Dodgers

Jason Williams, 38th round, No. 1,148 overall, Cactus Shadows High, Athletics

Randy Youtsey, 43rd round, No. 1,276 overall, Coolidge High, Orioles

Cory Anderson, 43rd round, No. 1,292 overall, RHP, Chaparral High, Cubs

Ryan Mieszala, 44th round No. 1,309 overall, OF, Greenway High, Rangers

Esteban Lopez, 49th round, No. 1,446 overall, C, Chandler, Mets

2003

Brandon Wood, 1st round, 23rd overall, SS, Horizon High, Angels

Bryan Opdyke, 5th round, No. 129 overall, C, Catalina Foothills, Brewers

Luis Cota, 10th round, No. 282 overall, RHP, Sunnyside High, Royals

Donnie Veal, 12th round, No. 352 overall, LHP, Buena High, White Sox

Ryan Meyers, 17th round, No. 499 overall, RHP, Round Valley High, Mets

Jim West, 25th round, No. 732 overall, RHP, River Valley, Royals

Richard Hummel, 25th round, No. 734 overall, OF, Tombstone High, Orioles

Jesus Castillo, 27th round, No. 811 overall, RHP, Tucson High, Dodgers

Matt Buck, 30th round, No. 897 overall, LHP, Cactus Shadows, Expos

Chad Miller, 33rd round, No. 969 overall, 1B, Mesquite High, Brewers

Gabe Suarez, 33rd round, No. 987 overall, SS, Arcadia High, Expos

Chaz Schilens, 34th round, No. 1,000 overall, OF, Highland High, Tigers

Gus Jacobson, 35th round, No. 1,028 overall, RHP, Cactus Shadows, Devil Rays

Cirilo Cruz, 37th round, No. 1,090 overall, 3B, Chandler High, Tigers

Leon Johnson, 41st round, No. 1,208 overall, OF, Thatcher, Devil Rays

Josh Tarnow, 45th round, No. 1,324 overall, C, Corona del Sol, Tigers

Paul Franko, 45th round, No. 1,333 overall, 1B, Horizon High, Blue Jays

2004

Jon Poterson, 1st round supplemental, No. 37 overall, C, Chandler High, Yankees

Lou Marson, 4th round, No. 122 overall, C, Coronado High, Phillies

Nick Evans, 5th round, No. 134 overall, 3B, St. Mary’s, Mets

Brandon Thomson, 15th round, No. 432 overall, LHP, Gilbert, Padres

Andrew Coffey, 18th round, No. 535 overall, LHP, Mingus High, Royals

Rene Garcia, 20th round, No. 590 overall, RHP, Sunnyside High, Rockies

Robbie Nickols, 25th round, No. 738 overall, LHP, Sabino High, Reds

Cristen Tapia, 28th round, No. 833 overall, 1B, Tucson High, Angels

Nick Walters, 31st round, No. 929 overall, LHP, Mountain Ridge, White Sox

Ashton Shewey, 34th round, No. 1,007 overall, LHP, Payson High, Indians

Vincent Biancamano, 35th round, No. 1,045 overall, SS, Cactus High, Royals

Ryan Davis, 36th round, No. 1,065 overall, 3B, Chaparral High, Devil Rays

Craig Heyer, 36th round, No. 1,076 overall, RHP, Coronado High, D-Backs

Jake Ruckle, 41st round, No. 1,214 overall, RHP, Mohave High, Mets

Scott Mueller, 41st round, No. 1,218 overall, RHP, Greenway High, Reds

Curt Miaso, 42nd round, No. 1,261 overall, OF, Chaparral, Phillies

Eric Farris, 42nd round, No. 1,269 overall, SS, Hamilton High, Braves

Bryan Casey, 43rd round, No. 1,277 overall, C, Kofa High, Orioles

Andrew McDonald, 47th round, No. 1,407 overall, C, Sahuaro, Mariners

Bryan Wagner, 50th round, No. 1,488 overall, RHP, Thunderbird High, White Sox

2005

Dylan Johnston, 4th round, No. 130 overall, SS, Hamilton High, Cubs

Brian Matusz, 4th round, No. 133 overall, LHP, St. Mary’s, Angels

Brent Fisher, 7th round, No. 202 overall, LHP, Tolleson High, Royals

Matt Hall, 8th round, No. 253 overall, SS, Horizon High, Angels

Peter Bourjos, 10th round, No. 313 overall, OF, Notre Dame High, Angels

Brett Jacobson, 11th round, No. 321 overall, RHP, Cactus Shadows, D-Backs

Ike Davis, 19th round, No. 568 overall, 1B/LHP, Chaparral, Devil Rays

T.J. Steele, 22nd round, No. 674 overall, OF, Canyon del Oro, Astros

Jeff Urlaub, 26th round, No. 778 overall, LHP, Horizon High, Devil Rays

Hunter Pace, 28th round, No. 834 overall, OF, Hamilton High, Nationals

Blair Brejtfus, 28th round, No. 853 overall, RHP, Arcadia High, Angels

Tim Sherlock, 32nd round, No. 967 overall, OF, Chaparral, Phillies

Jordan Jarvis, 33rd round, No. 987 overall, RHP, Arcadia High, Rockies

Colin Thomson, 39th round, No. 1,169 overall, RHP, Maran Mt. View, Mets

Tyler Backus, 43rd round, No. 1,278 overall, RHP, Mingus High, Royals

Mike Brenly, 43rd round, No. 1,296 overall, C, Notre Dame High, Cubs

Jason Stacy, 46th round, No. 1,380 overall, RHP, Westview, Phillies

Dustin Kaats, 47th round, No. 1,408 overall, 2B, Desert Mountain High, Marlins

Ben Hornbeck, 48th round, No. 1,437 overall, LHP, Sunnyslope High, Phillies

2006

Eli Sonoqui, 9th round, No. 259 overall, 1B, Cesar Chavez, Devil Rays

Hayden Parrott, 11th round, No. 322 overall, 2B, Desert Mountain, Tigers

Brett Whiteside, 15th round, No. 452 overall, C, Mesquite High, Brewers

Charles Brewer, 18th round, No. 552 overall, RHP, Chaparral, Angels

Jonathan del Campo, 20th round, No. 600, SS, Cibola High, Blue Jays

Rafael Valenzuela, 25th round, No. 737 overall, SS, Nogales High, Royals

Dillon Baird, 25th round, No. 756 overall, 3B, Prescott High, Twins

Jason Jarvis, 25th round, No. 762 overall, RHP, Chaparral, Angels

Rudy Owens, 28th round, No. 830 overall, LHP, Mesa High, Pirates

Taylor Lewis, 28th round, No. 833 overall, RHP, Canyon del Oro, Dodgers

Khris Davis, 29th round, No. 871 overall, OF, Deer Valley, Nationals

Garrett Johnson, 29th round, No 885 overall, LHP, Orme High, White Sox

Burke Lieppman, 33rd round, No. 998 overall, 1B, Prescott, Athletics

Codi Harshman, 33rd round, No. 999 overall, OF, Sabino High, Astros

Ronnie Welty, 37th round, No. 1,122 overall, OF, Mesquite High, Angels

Riley Etchebarren, 39th round, No. 1,167 oveall, OF, Paradise Valley, D-Backs

Michael Dufek, 41st overall, No. 1,219 overall, OF, Desert Mountain, Devil Rays

Quinton Marsh, 41st overall, No. 1,227 overall, SS, Mountain Ridge, Yankees

Neil Hardon, 44th round, No. 1,307 overall, OF, Saguaro, Devil Rays

Mike Petello, 44th round, No. 1,325 overall, OF, Saguaro, Phillies

Mike LaChapelle, 45th round, No. 1,341 overall, LHP, Sahuaro High, Reds

Chase Lehr, 46th round, No. 1,363 overall, RHP, Centennial High, Royals

Josh Rodriguez, 47th round, No. 1,405 overall, C, Red Mountain, Nationals

Kyle Williams, 47th round, No. 1,417 overall, 2B, Chaparral, White Sox

Tyler Sanford, 50th round, No. 1,479 overall, C, Saguaro High, Mariners

2007

Tim Alderson, 1st round, No. 22 overall, RHP, Horizon High, Giants

Patrick McCoy, 10th round, No. 310 overall, LHP, Sahuaro High, Nationals

Manuel Barreda, 12th round, No. 394 overall, RHP, Sahuarita High, Yankees

Devin Fuller, 14th round, No. 446 overall, RHP, Gilbert, Dodgers

Sammy Solis, 18th round, No. 553 overall, LHP, Agua Fria, D-Backs

Kevin Rhoderick, 18th round, No. 571 overall, RHP, Horizon High, Tigers

Cedric Johnson, 19th round, No. 593 overall, OF, Thatcher High, Phillies

Kyle Brule, 21st round, No. 661 overall, RHP, Marcos de Niza, Tigers

Xorge Carrillo, 28th round, No. 865 overall, C, McClintock High, Blue Jays

R.J. Preach, 33rd round, No. 993 overall, RHP, Brophy Prep, Devil Rays

Chris Moon, 35th round, No. 1,064 overall, OF, Tucson High, Braves

Merrill Kelly, 37th round, No. 1,112 overall, RHP, Desert Mountain, Orioles

Torrey Jacoby, 40th round, No. 1,200 overall, 2B, Notre Dame, D-Backs

Andrew Allen, 43rd overall, No. 1,278 overall, Desert Vista, D-Backs

Josh Garcia, 46th round, No. 1,354 overall, 1B, Brophy Prep, D-Backs

Mike Greco, 47th round, No. 1,377 overall, 3B, Notre Dame, D-Backs

Matt Newman, 49th round, No. 1,419 overall, OF, Brophy, D-Backs

2008

Jaff Decker, 1st round supplemental, No. 42 overall, OF, Sunrise Mountain, Padres

Kyle Lobstein, 2nd round, No. 47 overall, LHP, Coconino High, Rays

Maverick Lasker, 5th round, No. 158 overall, RHP, Sandra Day O’Connor High, Brewers

Jake Hanson, 14th round, No. 430 overall, Sabino High, Braves

Danny Coulombe, 17th round, No. 517 overall, Chaparral, Dodgers

Ryan Carpenter, 21st round, No. 623 overall, LHP, Cactus High, Rays

Zack MacPhee, 22nd round, No. 673 overall, SS, Sandra Day O’Connor, Tigers

Ryan Scott, 32nd round, No. 969 overall, C, Chaparral High, Blue Jays

Riccio Torrez, 32nd round, No. 987 overall, 2B, Brophy, D-Backs

Riley Welch, 34th round, No. 1,024 overall, RHP, Desert Mountain, Athletics

Mark Hawkenson, 40th round, No. 1,200 overall, RHP, Red Mountain, White Sox

Dean Espy, 41st round, No. 1,247 overall, SS, Red Mountain, Rockies

Matt Summes, 43rd round, No. 1,310 overall, RHP, Chaparral, Yankees

C.J. Cron, 44th round, No. 1,320 overall, C, Mountain Pointe High, White Sox

Royce Bolinger, 45th round, No. 1,342 overall, OF, Chaparral, Rays

Justin Zumwalde, 45th round, No. 1,342 overall, 1B, Sabino, Phillies

Rob Brantly, 46th round, No. 1,378 overall, C, Chaparral High, Nationals

Kayvon Bahramzadeh, 47th round, No. 1,411 overall, RHP, Catalina Foothills, Brewers

Drew Maggi, 47th round, No. 1,419 overall, SS, Brophy, D-Backs

Kyle Peterson, 50th round, No. 1,478 overall, C, Hamilton High, Rays

Travis Jones, 50th round, No. 1,480 overall, C, Sabino High, Royals

2009

Tommy Joseph, 2nd round, No. 55 overall, Horizon High, C, Giants

Jake Barrett, 3rd round, No. 99 overall, Desert Ridge, Blue Jays

Trent Stevenson, 7th round, No. 205 overall, Brophy Prep, Pirates

Matt Helm, 7th round, No. 216 overall, 3B, Hamilton, D-Backs

Aaron Altherr, 9th round, No. 287 overall, OF, Agua Fria, Phillies

Thomas Lemke, 10th round, No. 304 overall, RHP, Northwest Christian, Rangers

Sergio Burruel, 19th round, No. 590 overall, C, Trevor Browne, Cubs

Casey Upperman, 24th round, No. 718 overall, RHP, Notre Dame Prep, Braves

Brady Wager, 27th round, No. 829 overall, RHP, Globe High, Rays

Jake Williams, 29th round, No. 876 overall, 1B, Brophy, D-Backs

Marcus Proctor, 30th round, No. 919 overall, RHP, Pinnacle High, Rays

Andrew Walter, 31st round, No. 930 overall, RHP, Mountain Ridge, Tigers

Parker Markel, No. 32nd round, No. 960 overall, RHP, Mountain Ridge, Tigers

Kirby Pellant, 38th round, No. 1,147 overall, 2B, Corona del Sol, Dodgers

James Pazos, 40th round, No. 1,219 overall, LHP, Highland High, Rays

Trey Ford, 42nd round, No. 1,280 overall, SS, Chaparral, Cubs

Tyler Williams, 43rd round, No. 1,303 overall, 3B, Chaparral, White Sox

Ryan Skube, 44th round, No. 1,314 overall, 2B, Mountain Ridge High, Padres

Matt Ozanne, 46th round, No. 1,386 overall, OF, Notre Dame, D-Backs

Cole Pembroke, 47th round, No. 1,417 overall, OF, Desert Vista, Dodgers

Gabe Gutierrez, 49th round, No. 1,468 overall, RHP, Apollo High, Braves

Jordan Luvisi, 49th round, No. 1,476 overall, OF, Notre Dame, D-Backs

 

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