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Former PD standout Jonny Cuevas taken by Tampa Bay Rays in 12th round of MLB Draft

Jonny Cuevas

Another Aztec is headed to the big leagues.

Former Palm Desert standout Jonny Cuevas was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 12th round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.

"It's an emotional day. All the hard work and time me and my family put into this, it's satisfying seeing it all pay off. I'm grateful for the opportunity and can't wait to get to work," said Cuevas via text message to KESQ Sports Director Blake Arthur.

Cuevas was drafted as a pitcher out of the College of Southern Nevada where he went 10-4 with a 3.26 ERA. The 6 foot 3 inch right hander had 109 strikeouts in 80 innings of work.

He wasn't bad at the plate either, where he batted .353 with 10 home runs in 150 at-bats.

Cuevas joins former high school teammate Travis Adams in getting selected in this year's MLB Draft after Adams went to the Twins in the 6th round on Monday.

The MLB Draft concluded on Tuesday after three days of selections. Here are all the picks from this year's event.

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Blake Arthur

Sports Director Blake Arthur joined the KESQ/CBS Local 2 team in August of 2015. Learn more about Blake here.


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