LIVERMORE -- Casey Soltis became the first East Bay high school player taken in this year's MLB Draft, as the Granada High outfielder was chosen in the fifth round by the Miami Marlins on Friday.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Soltis, who turns 19 on Sunday, was the 137th overall selection. This season for the Matadors, he hit .353 with a .472 on-base percentage, scored 27 runs and had 16 RBIs in 26 games.
Soltis, who has committed to Oregon, was ranked No. 100 in this year's draft class by Baseball America. MLB.com's scouting analysis of Soltis said he "uses a quick, short swing to make consistent contact to all fields. He has some raw power to tap into in the future, which should help his offensive profile in the corner outfield spot. He runs well and has the kind of strong arm you like to see in right."
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