IRVINE, Calif. --- The 26th round was the place to be on the final day of the MLB First Year Player Draft as two Anteaters were taken within 16 picks of each other in Elliot Surrey and John Brontsema.
Left-handed senior starting pitcher Elliot Surrey was the first taken with the 777th overall pick in the draft to the Seattle Mariners. Surrey finished his career with the Anteaters among the top 10 all-time in starts, innings pitched, and strikeouts, and finished his career with a Big West Pitcher of the Week award and a spot on the All-Big West Second Team.
His junior infield teammate John Brontsema followed shortly thereafter later in the 26th round as the 793rd overall pick to the Kansas City Royals. Brontsema broke out for a .289 batting average with a homer and 18 RBI while finishing second on the team with 35 runs scored and leading the squad with three triples while taking over the shortstop duties for the injured Mikey Duarte this season.
Surrey and Brontsema are the second set of Anteaters to be drafted in the same round joining Taylor Sparks and Andrew Morales in the second round of 2014. Mike Nagle (1981) and Brett Dalton (2005) were also drafted in the 26th round.
Surrey becomes the first Anteater taken by the Seattle Mariner organization while Brontsema could join another 'Eater currently in the Royals' organization, Dominique Taylor.
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