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MLB Draft continues as region players are selected

2013-06-07T17:09:00Z 2013-06-07T23:22:08Z MLB Draft continues as region players are selectedHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

A day after Sean Manaea was drafted, MLB Network was still talking about the Andrean grad and left-handed pitcher.

That he was taken No. 34 overall by the Kansas City Royals while Kevin Dozier was picked by the same team with the eighth overall pick was part of the ongoing debate.

In the region, Manaea's coaches couldn't have been happier for the Wanatah native.

"He's the highest draft pick from Andrean," 59ers coach Dave Pishkur said. "That's if you don't count Joe and Dan Plesac, who came here but didn't graduate from here. As far as graduates go, he's the highest pick."

The discussion on MLB Network centered around Manaea's signing bonus and if he'd try to go back to school after suffering an injury late in the season that likely dropped him from a top 10 pick to 34th.

Manaea didn't return messages to The Times left Friday.

"Sean would play for a bus ticket, he loves the game that much," former pitching coach Jim Nohos said. "I'm sure his representation is giving him good advice. I'm saying that without having talked to him."

As the MLB draft continued with rounds three through 10 on Friday, LaPorte grad Dustin DeMuth was picked in the eighth round, 230th overall, by the Minnesota Twins.

DeMuth and the Indiana Hoosiers play today in a SuperRegional in Tallahasse, Fla., against the Florida State Seminoles. DeMuth hit .396 and is one of only three players to start in all 60 games for the Hoosiers this season. The third baseman has driven in 40 runs and leads his team with 22 doubles.

Because of the Hoosiers' weekend in the NCAA Tournament, DeMuth was unavailable for comment Friday after he was drafted.

The draft ends with rounds 11 through 40 today.

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