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Seven University of Miami players selected in three-day MLB Draft

Miami infielder Brandon Lopez (51) greets Miami catcher Zack Collins (0) at home plate after Collins hits a home run in the fourth inning. The University of Miami hosts Boston College for NCAA Coral Gables Super Regional baseball series at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Miami infielder Brandon Lopez (51) greets Miami catcher Zack Collins (0) at home plate after Collins hits a home run in the fourth inning. The University of Miami hosts Boston College for NCAA Coral Gables Super Regional baseball series at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field on Saturday, June 11, 2016. adiaz@miamiherald.com

After University of Miami’s Danny Garcia pitched a shutout third inning in Miami’s 5-3 loss to Boston College on Saturday, he learned the future of his playing career.

The Seattle Mariners selected the junior left-hander in the 15th round (No. 447 overall), making the pitcher the first of three UM players taken on the final day of the 40-round Major League Baseball Draft.

All in all, after three days, 40 rounds and more than 1,200 draft picks, seven of Miami’s 16 draft-eligible players were selected by MLB teams. The Hurricanes’ seven draft selections were the second-most among Atlantic Coast Conference schools, trailing Louisville’s eight draftees.

The other UM players drafted Saturday: outfielder Jacob Heyward (San Francisco Giants, 18th round, No. 545); and second baseman Johnny Ruiz (Houston Astros, 28th round, No. 847).

Garcia evolved into a quality Sunday starter for UM this year, boasting a 9-4 record in 17 starts this season. He has a 3.48 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 32 walks in 93 innings pitched.

After going a career-long  7 2/3 innings against Stetson to open Miami’s run in the NCAA tournament, Garcia was charged with the loss Saturday against Boston College, giving up four runs — two earned — off eight hits and two walks in  5 2/3 innings. He struck out four.

Jacob Heyward, the younger brother of the Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward, served as an everyday starter for the first time this year after taking hold of the left-field position late as a sophomore. Known for sound work on defense, he also has a .229 average at the plate in 61 games this with six homers, 10 doubles and 39 RBI.

Ruiz had a career year at the plate as a junior. He’s batting .345, has a team-leading 16 doubles and has hit four home runs — including two in Friday’s 12-7 win against Boston College to open the Super Regional.

Saturday’s group of draftees joins Zack Collins, Willie Abreu, Bryan Garcia and Brandon Lopez as UM players who learned their MLB fate.

The Chicago White Sox took Collins with the 10th overall pick, making him the Hurricanes’ 14th first-round draft pick in program history and first top-10 selection since Yonder Alonso went seventh in 2008.

Abreu went to the Colorado Rockies with pick No. 170 in the sixth round, and Bryan Garcia followed five picks later to the Detroit Tigers. Lopez went to the Minnesota Twins as a 10th-round selection with pick No. 303.

Five of the University of Miami’s Class of 2016 signees also heard their names called during the draft.

Left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo, a standout at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, went highest, with the Washington Nationals selecting the 18-year-old in the third round with the 94th overall selection. Luzardo’s high school teammate, Colton Welker, wasn’t too far behind, with the Rockies taking the third baseman at No. 110 in the fourth round.

Others drafted from UM’s signing class include: Cocoa shortstop Luis Curbelo (White Sox, sixth round, No. 176); Titusville Rockledge right-handed pitcher Mason Studstill (Cleveland Indians, 22nd round, No. 662) and Boca Raton catcher Mike Amditis (Cleveland Indians, 37th round, No. 1,112).

The deadline for amateur draft picks to sign is July 15.

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