DP lefty Speier drafted by Red Sox in 19th round

Dos Pueblos High ace Gabe Speier was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.

The left-handed Speier, the Channel League MVP and a UCSB commit, led the Chargers to a second straight league title. In the regular season, he went 5-0 with 87 strikeouts in 56.1 innings.

MLB.com says Speier “has a solid four-pitch mix, including a 90 mph fastball and a potentially above average slider.”

Speier was one of four local players picked on the final day of the three-day, 40-round draft. UCSB sophomore first baseman Tyler Kuresa was the highest pick of the day, going in the 14th round to the Atlanta Braves. He batted .296 with a team-leading five homers, 16 doubles and three triples. He had 46 RBIs.

UCSB right-hander Jared Wilson, a 6-4 senior, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 19th round.

Cal Poly senior second baseman Denver Chavez, a Santa Barbara High alum, was picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 30th round. Chavez had a team-leading .357 batting average and a fielding percentage of .975.