Former Menlo School shortstop and pitcher , '09, now at Stanford, was selected in the Major League Baseball draft for the second time, and just-graduated Menlo pitcher and shortstop , ’12, was picked up in the 25th round.
Diekroeger, now a junior playing for Stanford, was taken by the Kansas City Royals with the 133rd pick.
Avis has a similar situation to Diekroeger’s three years ago. The Washington Nationals took Avis, who signed with Stanford, and has until mid-July to decide if he will sign with the team or fulfill his commitment to attend and play baseball for the Cardinals. If Avis decides to continue on to Stanford, the Nationals lose his rights,and he will not be eligible for the draft until after his junior collegiate season in 2015.
Avis becomes the 11th Menlo alum to be drafted or having played in the pros, joining:
· Kevin Bass '77 (Milwaukee Brewers – 1977)
· Darryl Page '77 (Milwaukee Brewers - 1977)
· John Paye '83 (San Francisco Giants -1983)
· Dave Cornell '88 (Kansas City Royals - 1992)
· Gary Johnson '94 (Texas Rangers - 1994; California Angels - 1999)
· Eddie Montague ’98 (Los Angeles Dodgers 2003)
· Jason Armstrong '00 (Toronto Blue Jays - 2004)
· Ryan Seawell ’03 signed as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford by the Detroit Tigers in 2007.
·Chuck Huggins '04 (Arizona Diamondbacks - 2007; Toronto Blue Jays - 2008)
· Andy Suiter '05 (New York Yankees – 2008, Los Angeles Dodgers 2009)
· Ryan Cavan ’05 (San Francisco Giants 2009)
· ‘09 (Tampa Bay Rays 2009, Kansas City Royals 2012)