LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Saturday selected BYU shortstop Tanner Chauncey with their 35th round pick, No. 1059 overall.
Chauncey, 21, hasn't played since 2012, but not because of injury. The shortstop has been on a Mormon mission for two years in Brazil. Even though Chauncey is one of 32 college picks, with the time off he is almost like a high school draftee in that the Dodgers will try to buy him out of multiple years of remaining college eligibility.
The 6'2, 180-pound shortstop hit .328/.405/.382 in 33 games as a freshman and led the Cougars in batting average. He formed a double play combination with second baseman Adam Law, drafted by the Dodgers in the 12th round in 2013 and currently the left fielder for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Chauncey was a two-time All State selection in baseball and also played basketball for two years at Las Vegas High School. He was named to the freshman All-West Coast Conference team in 2012 with BYU.