In late June, six Arizona Wildcats were taken in the MLB draft, and two have decided to pursue that dream immediately. 2016 season stars JJ Matijevic and Jared Oliva signed with their parent clubs – the Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively – and have been working away at making their MLB dreams a reality.

Matijevic debuted for the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Single-A affiliate of the Astros, on June 24th, and made a splash that same day. He got his first hit, a single, and added two more hits before the night was over.

His first RBI came in his third game, and his first career home run in just his 11th. In 23 games, he has a .279 BA, .779 OPS, 14 RBI, and 4 HR.

Oliva debuted on the same day, and registered an RBI on his first night with the West Virginia Black Bears, the Single-A affiliate of the Pirates. In 21 games, he is hitting .267 with ten RBI, six doubles, and a triple.

All six players who were drafted have also gotten their names on the “MLB Wall” which recognizes every Wildcat that has played baseball professionally.

The Black Bears play the Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins affiliate) later today in the second game of a three-game series. The ValleyCats also play later tonight in the second game of their three-game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland A’s affiliate).

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Hello from a Bay Area sports fan who was born and raised in Tucson in a Chicago sports household. I am currently majoring in journalism and minoring in physics at the University of Arizona so I can find more brain-wracking stats to explain sports. When I’m not worshiping UA sports I can be found at Tucson Roadrunners games or on my Twitter, @mirachelonice, tweeting about the San Jose Sharks, Golden State Warriors, or San Francisco Giants. Aside from sports I like to binge watch TED talks about space, string theory, and physics, and also Impractical Jokers. Some items on my bucket list are to visit AT&T Park, see Lauri Markkanen play in the NBA, and be able to eat anything hotter than mild at Buffalo Wild Wings.
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Team Manager and Content Creator at Armchair Arizona , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Hello from a Bay Area sports fan who was born and raised in Tucson in a Chicago sports household. I am currently majoring in journalism and minoring in physics at the University of Arizona so I can find more brain-wracking stats to explain sports. When I’m not worshiping UA sports I can be found at Tucson Roadrunners games or on my Twitter, @mirachelonice, tweeting about the San Jose Sharks, Golden State Warriors, or San Francisco Giants. Aside from sports I like to binge watch TED talks about space, string theory, and physics, and also Impractical Jokers. Some items on my bucket list are to visit AT&T Park, see Lauri Markkanen play in the NBA, and be able to eat anything hotter than mild at Buffalo Wild Wings.

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