SANTA BARBARA, Calif.– Marcos Castanon and Chris Troye of No. 23 UCSB Baseball were each selected in 12th round of the MLB Draft Tuesday with Castanon being taken by the San Diego Padres and Troye heading for the Boston Red Sox. The Gauchos cap off the draft with a Big West best four selections.
Troye went first being selected with the 346th pick in the draft, and Castanon was selected 370th.
Castanon has been the best bat in the lineup for the Gauchos over the past few seasons, and despite suffering a mid-season injury this year, still made his mark being named Second Team All-West Region and an All-Conference Honorable Mention.
In his 28 games this season Castanon posted a career-best .404 average with a .492 OBP and a .716 slugging percentage. After going down in late March he made his return to the field and went on a terror to end the season collecting a hit in six of his games but one game and posting four multi-hit efforts.
In the 2021 Tucson Regional Castanon went 9-for-18 (.500) with 10 RBI and five runs. His most impressive performance was a 5-for-6 line in the postseason opener vs No. 23 Oklahoma State where he added five RBI and was a triple short of the cycle. This feat earned him a spot on the All-Regional team.
Troye is a big righty that after sitting out last season to have tommy-john surgery came back with a vengeance striking out the first six batters he faced in a row to earn his first two career saves. He tied his career-high with 29 Ks this season in his 15 appearances and has 84 total on his career.
This season Troye saw a unique role on the Gaucho staff being both called out of the bullpen to end games, while also opening Sunday games on four different occasions.
The Gauchos have now had 53 players taken in the MLV Draft during the Andrew Checketts era.