Thomson, Krist selected in MLB Draft

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
A pair of former Empire stars, University of San Diego pitcher Matt Thomson and Cal Poly Pomona pitcher Josh Krist, have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Thomson, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander who played at El Molino High and Santa Rosa Junior College, was selected in the 12th round by the Oakland A’s on Tuesday. Thomson, a senior, earned first-team All-West Coast Conference honors after posting seven saves with a 1-3 record and a 3.38 ERA. He had four saves and a 0.67 ERA in WCC games.
Thomson had been drafted twice before — in the 22nd round by Toronto in 2007 and in the 12th round by Detroit last year.
“I’m a lot more excited, because this time I know it’s going to happen,” Thomson said to “There’s no maybes this time, or going backwards or going back to school. This is it.”
Krist, a 6-1, 187-pound right-hander who played at Petaluma High and SRJC, was taken in the 39th round by the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Krist had seven saves, a 3-2 record and 3.68 ERA as a senior. Krist’s brother, Chadd, is a sophomore catcher at Cal.
Nevada senior center fielder Westley Moss, a native of Irving, Texas, who played two seasons at SRJC, was selected in the 16th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Moss hit .283 and led the Western Athletic Conference with 21 steals this past season.