Three Ducks Picked on Final Day of MLB Draft

Eugene, Ore. – Senior catcher Jakob Goldfarb, sophomore outfielder Jonny DeLuca and junior pitcher Kenyon Yovan were all selected on day three of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

The Chicago White Sox picked Goldfarb in the 24th round, the 710th overall pick. The selection marks the third straight season the Ducks have had a catcher selected in the draft. Goldfarb is the first Duck selected by the White Sox in the modern era of the program.

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Jonny DeLuca in the 25th round with the 761st overall selection. The Ducks’ center fielder is the sixth different Oregon outfielder to be chosen in the MLB Draft since 2012 and the seventh outfielder overall (Scott Heineman was drafted twice). DeLuca is the third Duck drafted by the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Angels took Yovan in the 27th round with the 811th overall pick. Yovan, who played in just one game during the 2018 season, is a two-time All-Pac-12 Conference honoree. He is the second Duck selected by the Angels since baseball returned to Eugene.

Oregon’s three selections on day three ran its total to five in the 2019 draft. Junior Ryne Nelson was picked in the second round on day one of the draft and junior Spencer Steer was a third-round pick on day two. The five draft picks are the most in a draft for the Ducks since five players were picked in 2016.

The Ducks also had three high school recruits who signed letters of intent last November picked in the draft. The Houston Astros picked outfielder Colin Barber (Chino, Calif.) in the fourth round, the Baltimore Orioles took infielder Zach Arnold (Temecula, Calif.) in the 34th round and the Miami Marlins selected Tyresse Turner (La Palma, Calif.) in the 38th round.

Jakob Goldfarb, SR, C (Chicago White Sox, 24th round, 710th overall pick)
 First Oregon player drafted by the White Sox during the modern era.
 Third Duck picked in 2019 Draft joining Ryne Nelson and Spencer Steer.
 Fifth catcher drafted out of Oregon during the modern era.
 51st player all-time drafted in the modern era at Oregon.
 Runs streak to three straight years with an Oregon catcher drafted.
 During career, batted .281 with 11 home runs and 72 RBI, while stealing 21 bases.
 Ranks in the top 10 all-time at Oregon in seven separate categories.
 School’s all-time outfield assist leader with 14, while also ranking in the top 10 in doubles (7th), hit by pitches (8th), at bats (10th), games started (10th), hits (10th) and walks (10th).
 Led the Ducks in hitting (.308) as a junior in 2018, while also leading the team in home runs (6), triples (2), slugging percentage (.487), OBP (.397) and stolen bases (14).
 Owns single-season outfield assist record with seven in 2018 while also ranking seventh with four in 2015.
 Honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference pick as a junior in 2018.
 Three-time honorable mention Pac-12 Conference All-Academic selection.
 As a senior, batted .306 with two home runs and 20 RBI in 36 games.
 Graduated in 2018 with a degree in philosophy.

Jonny DeLuca, SO, OF (Los Angeles Dodgers, 25th round, 761st overall pick)
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 Third Duck player selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the modern era of Oregon baseball.
 Sixth different Oregon outfielder drafted since 2012.
 52nd player all-time drafted in the modern era at Oregon.
 Honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference Defensive Team pick.
 Started all 56 Oregon games in centerfield in 2019.
 Has made 110 career starts (111 games played) in two seasons.
 In two seasons at Oregon, has batted .226 with 11 home runs, 72 RBI, three triples, 11 doubles and 60 runs scored.
 Set Oregon freshman home run record with six in 2018.
 Finished sophomore season with team-best 88 game active start streak.
 An honorable mention All-Pac-12 Academic Conference pick in 2019.
 Also selected in the 39th round (1,156 overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Kenyon Yovan, JR, RHP (Los Angeles Angels, 27th round, 811th overall pick)
 A member of the 24-man Collegiate National Team for the 7th USA-Cuba International Friendship Series in 2018, as well as series against Japan and Chinese Taipei.
 A member of the 28-man Collegiate National Team that played a series vs. Chinese Taipei in 2017.
 Named first-team All-America by the NCBWA and second-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball following freshman season.
 Named Collegiate Baseball National Freshman of the Year in 2017, while earning first-team freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and the NCBWA.
 Claimed second-team freshman All-America honors from D1Baseball and Perfect Game.
 A two-time first-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection as a reliever in 2017 and a starter in 2018.
 Just the fifth Ducks player during the modern era to claim first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors in back-to-back seasons.
 Ranks second all-time at Oregon with 20 saves, while also ranking sixth in games finished.
 As a freshman, went 1-1 with a 1.97 ERA and 15 saves out of the bullpen.
 As a sophomore, moved to the rotation midway through the season finishing with a 2.98 ERA, a 6-4 record, five saves and 98 Ks in 84.2 innings pitched.
 Ranks fifth all-time in single season strikeouts behind David Peterson, Tyler Anderson (twice) and Ryne Nelson.
 53rd player all-time drafted in the modern era at Oregon.
 Also selected in the 32nd round (957 overall) of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.