Phil Bickford of Westlake Village Oaks Christian and Dominic Smith of Gardena Serra were in a celebratory mood after being chosen No. 10 and No. 11, respectively, during Major League Baseball's first-year player draft on Thursday.
Bickford, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher with a 96-mph fastball, went to the Toronto Blue Jays. Smith, a left-handed-hitting first baseman who struck seven home runs this season, was taken by the New York Mets.
Smith was in New Jersey as part of an invitation from MLB to be part of the draft festivities, and former Crenshaw High and New York Mets and Dodgers outfielder Darryl Strawberry was there to offer congratulations. Strawberry was the No. 1 pick of the Mets in the 1980 draft.
"This is a great honor and opportunity," Smith told MLB.com.
Shortstop J.P. Crawford of Lakewood went No. 16 to the Philadelphia Phillies. He's a cousin of Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.
"He just told me it's going to be a grind but always have fun," J.P. Crawford said in New Jersey.
Stanford right-hander Mark Appel was taken No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros. The Houston native returned to Stanford for his senior year after being chosen eighth overall last year by the Pittsburgh Pirates.