Three former Del Mar Little League players were selected in last weekend’s Major League Baseball Draft. Joey Denato, Cade Gotta and Keegan Yuhl all played their Little League ball in Del Mar. Joey and Cade were together on the Del Mar National 9-10 year-old all-star team that won the District 31 and Section 4 championships, ultimately finishing third in Southern California. Cade and Keegan were teammates on the Del Mar National Braves which won the league championship and District 31 Tournament of Champions.
Denato played at Torrey Pines High School where he earned All-American honors and was San Diego County Player of the Year before moving on to Indiana University. His junior year at IU he led the Hoosiers to their first-ever College World Series berth. This season, as a senior, he posted a 13-1 record and a 1.82 ERA. He was selected as the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. Gotta starred at Santa Fe Christian High School and was voted Conference MVP his senior year. Yuhl pitched for Poway where he was all-CIF as a sophomore, junior and senior. Both Gotta and Yuhl began their college careers in the junior college ranks before moving onto to NAIA schools. This season, Cade led San Diego Christian University to its first-ever conference championship and NAIA World Series appearance. He batted .408 with 11 home runs and 43 stolen bases. He was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Yuhl posted a 10-4 mark with a 2.58 ERA for Concordia University in Irvine, including throwing a complete game no-hitter.
All three players hope to have long careers in baseball and to continue to inspire current and former Del Mar Little Leaguers who dream of being pro ball players.