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East Valley’s Burland, Mt. Spokane’s Rasmussen drafted on final day

Sun., June 8, 2014, midnight

High school right-handers Gage Burland of East Valley and Drew Rasmussen of Mt. Spokane joined the list of selected players Saturday as the Major League Baseball Draft completed its three-day run.

Baltimore chose Burland in the 26th round and Arizona tabbed Rasmussen in the 39th. Burland has signed with Gonzaga University.

Washington State had four players selected: junior outfielder Yale Rosen, San Diego, 11th round; redshirt sophomore infielder Nick Tanielu, Houston, 14th; junior righty Tanner Chleborad, Baltimore, 16th; and senior catcher/OF Collin Slaybaugh, New York Yankees, 26th. The Yankees also took Gonzaga junior lefty Derek Callahan in the 16th round.

The Los Angeles Angels picked senior right fielder Cody Lavalli of Lewis-Clark State in the 27th round. The Texas Rangers, parent club to the Spokane Indians, also selected an L-C State player, taking junior righty Cody Chartrand in the 36th round.

Texas began the day at round 11 by selecting eight consecutive pitchers. Six were college players and candidates to play for the Indians this summer, including righty Dave Berg of UCLA.

Texas will begin assigning players to Spokane for a three-day minicamp that starts Tuesday. The Indians’ Northwest League season begins Friday at Avista Stadium with the first of five games against the Eugene Emeralds.



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