June 7, 2012
BERKELEY -The California baseball program added five more players Wednesday (June 6) to the list of Golden Bears selected in the 2012 Major League Amateur Draft. Junior infielder Mitch Delfino, junior left-hander Justin Jones, senior right-hander Matt Flemer, senior outfielder Danny Oh and senior right-hander Joey Donofrio joined Tony Renda and Chadd Krist as Cal players pick in the MLB draft.
Delfino was drafted in the 20th round by the San Francisco Giants, Jones was drafted in the 26th round by the Minnesota Twins, Flemer was drafted in the 27th round by the Colorado Rockies, Oh was drafted in the 27th round by the New York Yankees and Donofrio was drafted in the 31st round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Delfino had an outstanding junior campaign, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors while hitting a team-best .355 with 11 doubles, five home runs, 38 RBI, and an impressive .394 (26-for-66) average with runners in scoring position. He had 22 multiple hit games this season, including two, four-hit games. For his career, Delfino now has a .310 average (144-for-465) with 28 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 70 RBI.
This season, Jones was stellar May 6 at Washington State with a complete-game, two-hit, 8-0 shutout (one walk, six strikeouts). It was his 23rd career win, tying David Cash [1999-01] for fifth on the school's all-time career win list. In three seasons Jones has now thrown six complete games and has 204 strikeouts in 298.1 innings (ninth on the school's career innings pitched list).
Flemer was the Bears' top starter this season and a Pac-12 honorable mention selection, winning seven games and posting a 2.58 ERA. He is also fifth in the conference with 111.2 innings pitched and 26 batters struck out looking. In 2011, Flemer was Cal's closer, earning the save in the Bears' win over Texas A&M at the College World Series. For his career, he won 16 games, earned 11 saves (ninth on the school's all-time save list) and had 180 strikeouts in 80 appearances.
Oh concluded his Cal career on a high note, going 18-for-29 (.621) and getting a hit in each of his final seven games, including multiple hits in six of those seven contests to raise his season average to .344. He has some of the team's top hitting performances in his years with the Bears, including going 5-for-5 May 14 versus Washington State. For his career, Oh played in 181 games, with 185 hits, including hitting a two-run homer in first collegiate at-bat in 2009.
Donofrio was outstanding in his senior campaign, going 6-1 with a 1.88 in a team-high 25 appearances. He also had an impressive 43 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched, recorded two saves and opponents only batted .218 against him. A top student as well, Donofrio graduated with a double major, economics and American studies.
Cal's seven draft picks in 2012 brings a total of 66 Bears drafted since David Esquer became head coach in 2000.