Corbin Burnes

Saint Mary's College of California Baseball vs Coastal Carolina in the first game of the 2016 NCAA Raleigh Regional at Doak Field. Hosted by North Carolina State.

The MLB Draft is more of a guessing game than any other first-year player draft in professional sports.

All are difficult to gauge when it comes to figuring out what executives, coaches and scouts really do think going in, but more perplexing is just trying to factor in all variables that go into the 40-round draft.

From an outsider’s perspective, it’s a head scratcher, but for someone involved, it’s life-altering.

As was the case for Corbin Burnes, a former Centennial standout and pitcher for St. Mary’s College in Moraga.

Burnes was the No. 39 of the Top 200 prospects going into the draft, but fell to the 11th pick in the fourth round to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon.

Despite the wait, Burnes said he was happy to get the next chapter of his life moving forward.

“I was just waiting and enjoying the day with family and friends,” Burnes said from his parent’s home in Bakersfield. “I would like to have have gone on (in the first two rounds) Thursday, but that didn’t happen.”

Once the call did come in from the Brewers regional scout, Burnes was quick to accept the offer.

“It was a good feeling. First it was excitement,” Burnes said. “It’s a dream come true to have my named called. I was happy to get it out of the way and get back to baseball, what I like. Happy to get to work.”

Burnes heads to Milwaukee on Tuesday for a physical.

After he signs his contract, he will likely find out where he will be sent for the remainder of the season, likely to be either Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class-A Midwest League in Appleton, Wis., or Brevard County Manatees in the Class-A Advanced Florida State League in Melbourne, Fla.

Haney, Newton fall short at national championships

Oregon sophomore and former Stockdale standout Blake Haney finished 11th overall (3:53.80) in the finals of the men’s 1500 meters in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon. 

Haney took third in the event as a freshman.

In the men’s triple jump finals, TCU sophomore and former Bakersfield High jumper Scotty Newton finished 20th. Newton’s best jump on Friday was 49 feet, 10 inches. Newton finished 17th as a freshman.  

Centennial names girls hoops coach

Centennial has named Amy Hall the new girls basketball coach, replacing Clayton Madden. Hall was the junior varsity coach previously on campus and is the daughter of longtime Bakersfield mayor Harvey Hall.

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