ORCUTT, Calif. - It might have taken longer than expected to hear his name called, but when he did, Matt Sauer, along with dozens of supporters erupted into euphoria during Monday's Major League Baseball Draft.
"Can't be any more blessed," said Sauer moments after being selected in the 2nd round by the New York Yankees. "I'm so excited and so happy all my friends and family were here to witness this and it was really amazing!"
The recent Righetti grad was projected to go as high as the mid-1st round.
Ranked 22nd overall by Baseball America and 28th by MLB.com, the hope was to see Sauer go in the first 30 picks.
However, after three hours, the 1st round ended without Sauer going in the 1st round.
A phone call during the 1st round indicated the Yankees would select him in the 2nd round in the 54th position if he was still on the board.
Sure enough, when the Yankees chose in the 2nd round, they called his name, much to the delight of the big draft party at the Sauer residence in Orcutt.
"The whole night was fun," said Sauer. "I'm excited to be a Yankee."
After letting the momentous news sink in for a few minutes, Sauer was still in a state of disbelief he was finally drafted by a Major League team, which fulfilled a dream he said he's had since he was just a Little League player in Orcutt National.
"I'm still at a loss for words," said Sauer. "They are a winning team and have the most World Series ever, Hopefully, someday I'll get a ring with them."
With his selection at 54th overall, Sauer is now the highest drafted player directly out of Righetti High School in history.
Robin Ventura, who was not drafted after his senior season with the Warriors, was taken 10th overall in 1988 by the Chicago White Sox after his legendary collegiate career at Oklahoma State.
The previous school record belonged to John Thomas, who was selected 62 overall by the San Francisco Giants in 1999.
Sauer is expected to be in Anaheim on Wednesday to visit with Yankee management during the team's series with the Angels, which coincidentally is Sauer's favorite team, or was, until Monday night!