Arriaga, Karaviotis selected in MLB draft
Baldwin High School graduate Akoni Arriaga was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball draft, and Maui High graduate Mark Karaviotis was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 39th round.
Arriaga, who completed his senior season with the Bears last month and was named a Maui Interscholastic League second-team All-Star, was chosen with the ninth pick of the 35th round, 1,045th overall. He played shortstop and was a pitcher for Baldwin in 2013, and has had pitches clocked past 90 mph.
“This is a great opportunity,” said Arriaga, who said he expects pitching to be his role in the future. “Hopefully I’ll do good and hopefully it will work out.”
Karaviotis, a two-time MIL first-team pick at shortstop, went with the 14th selection in the 39th round, 1,170th overall.
Both players said they will discuss contracts before deciding if they want to opt to play in college.
Karaviotis, listed as 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, has accepted a scholarship to the University of Oregon, and indicated that he expects to play for the Ducks.
“(The Diamondbacks) want to meet and talk with me in the next few days,” Karaviotis said. “If it meets my standards, I will sign, but being drafted where I was, it will probably not meet my standards. It’s definitely a great acknowledgment, though, and I have that, or playing for one of the top five college teams in the country.”
Diamondbacks scouting director Ray Montgomery said: “Our guys speak highly of Mark, certainly high enough to extend a draft pick on him. If he does in fact does end up at Oregon, we give him our blessing and wish him the best.”
Arriaga, listed as 6-1 and 170 pounds, must decide between professional ball or attending Yavapai (Ariz.) Junior College.
“Right now, it’s kind of an in-between thing,” he said.