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Farney, Baligod, Jacobe taken in MLB draft

Vacaville High’s Brenden Farney makes a throw during Monday’s high school all-star game. Farney and Vacaville teammate C.J. Jacobe were drafted by the Oakland A’s in the MLB first-year player draft. (Mike Greener/Daily Republic)

Vacaville High’s Brenden Farney makes a throw during Monday’s high school all-star game. Farney and Vacaville teammate C.J. Jacobe were drafted by the Oakland A’s in the MLB first-year player draft. (Mike Greener/Daily Republic)

By
June 8, 2011 |

FAIRFIELD — Brenden Farney and C.J. Jacobe are best friends and might one day again be teammates — with the Oakland A’s.

The two, who recently finished their senior seasons with the Vacaville High baseball team, were selected by Oakland on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft — Farney in the 36th round, Jacobe in the 45th.

Nick Baligod, a 2006 Fairfield High grad who completed his senior season with Oral Roberts University on Monday, was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 40th round.

“It feels good,” said Farney, who played three seasons at Fairfield before transferring to Vacaville. “I’m very excited, very excited.”

Of being selected, Jacobe said, “It felt like I accomplished something, it just felt nice. I’m taking new steps in life. Realizing what’s going on it was just exciting.”

Baligod echoed their feelings. “It was amazing,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. I’m glad it happened.”

In helping the Bulldogs tie for the Monticello Empire League title, Farney, a shortstop, led the team in hitting (.487), runs scored (29) and triples (3), tying Jacobe for the top spot in home runs (5).

Jacobe, a pitcher and first baseman, led Vacaville in RBIs (28) and doubles (9), batting .436. He also went 7-0 with a 1.67 earned run average as a pitcher, striking out 58 and allowing just 31 hits in 50 1/3 innings.

Baligod, who started out at UC Irvine in 2007, transferred to Sacramento City College in 2008, red-shirted in 2009 and played the last two years at Oral Roberts, batted .364 with seven home runs and 41 RBIs as a senior. He led the Golden Eagles with 67 runs scored and 21 doubles, stealing 15 bases in as many attempts.

While Baligod is finished with college eligibility and essentially out of options — he’s heading off to Florida on Saturday to sign with the Blue Jays and begin his pro career — Farney and Jacobe have some serious decisions to make. The former has a scholarship to UC Berkeley, the latter to Santa Clara.

“First, I know how much they both place an empasis on education,” Vacaville coach Abe Hobbs said. “Second, the round (a player’s selected) doesn’t predicate signability. It’s between the scout and the organization, the parents and the kids.”

“I had long talks with a bunch of different organizations,” Farney said. “The big thing was about my signabiltiy because Im going to Cal. I don’t know how to explain (the decision ahead. An offer) has got to be enough to take me away from a Division I, Pac 10 school like Cal.”

Ditto for Jacobe, who was drafted as a left-handed pitcher. “As of right now, I think I’m going to college,” he said. “I don’t think I can get enough to take away from the scholarship. I want to mature little bit more.”

According to Jacobe, one reason he chose Santa Clara was because the Broncos said he’d be both a position player and a pitcher for them.

One factor in favor of the A’s is that both Farney and Jacobe were scouted and recommended by Will C. Wood grad Jermaine Clark, who played 10 years of pro ball with six different organizations.

“They didn’t draft just me, they drafted my best friend, Brenden Farney,” Jacobe said. “To know (Clark) got both of us, it was just really cool.”

Meanwhile, Baligod will likely know few if any of his future teammates, but that’s not important.

“I’m excited, I’m ready to go out and show what I have,” he said. “I just want to thank them for the opportunity given me to play professional baseball and represent the organization well.”

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646 Ext. 264 or [email protected]

 

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
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