Palm Desert graduate Jordan Sprinkle beaten by Chicago White Sox in fourth round
Former Palm Desert High School baseball player Jordan Sprinkle recently announced that he was leaving UC Santa Barbara to transfer to the University of Arkansas. His travel plans could still change.
That’s because Sprinkle was drafted Monday in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox as the 131st player overall.
Sprinkle, a dynamic 5-foot-11, 180-pound shortstop who graduated from Palm Desert in 2019, will now decide whether to join the Razorbacks or the White Sox organization. A player drafted in his draft position has an approximate contract anticipation of $452,700.
During the Gauchos’ 2021-22 season, Sprinkle played in every game and hit .285 with 44 runs scored, 34 RBI, and 25 stolen bases.
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Being drafted in the first four rounds is a rare feat for a desert product. Only four times in history has a desert player been drafted in one of the first three rounds: Taylor Ward (first round, 2015), Tanner Rahier (second round, 2012), Tony Perezchica (third, 1984) and Richard Flores (second, 1982).
Sprinkle continues an impressive trend for Palm Desert High School. With the exception of the shortened 2020 five-round draft, an Aztec has been chosen in the last seven drafts and 11 of the last 12. In fact, Sprinkle wouldn’t even be the only Aztec in the White Sox organization. Travis Moniot, recruited in 2018, is currently part of the team’s High A affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Darol Salazar, the recently retired Palm Desert baseball coach who coached all of those players during his tenure, said Sprinkle definitely has what it takes to make the big leagues.
“He was a great player, and probably the hardest worker I’ve ever had, and a great leader,” Salazar said. “I don’t choose captains every year or anything like that, I kind of let the players lead naturally, but he took that role every year from year two onwards.”
When it comes to Palm Desert High’s string of recruits, Salazar said she ends up leaning on herself.
“Kids go there and see someone get drafted, and then it motivates them to get drafted and so on, and that’s probably going to continue,” Salazar said.
The first 10 rounds of the 2022 MLB Draft took place Sunday and Monday, with rounds 11-20 taking place on Tuesday.
There are currently two desert products playing in the major leagues: Brian Serven of Palm Desert High is on the Colorado Rockies and Taylor Ward of Shadow Hills High is on the Los Angeles Angels.
Valley players drafted by MLB
(Bold means the player has reached the major leagues)
2022: Jordan Sprinkle, 4th, White Sox, PDHS
2021: Travis Adams, 6th, twins, PDHS
2019: Andrew Bash, 30th, Angels, PDHS
2018: Sean Roby, 12th, Giants SHHS
2018: Clay Fisher, 12th, Orioles, LQHS
2018: Travis Moniot, 17th, White Sox, PDHS
2018: Johnny Cuevas, 32nd, Brewers, PDHS
2017: Jeremiah Estrada, 6th, Cubs, PDHS
2017: Clay Fisher, 27th, Reds, LQHS
2017: Taylor Bryant, 33rd, Cardinals, LQHS
2016: Tyson Miller, 4th, Small, SHHS
2016: Brian Serven, 5th, Rockies, PDHS
2016: Brooks Kriske, 6th, Yankees, PDHS
2016: John Schuknecht, 37th, Angels, PDHS
2015: Taylor Ward, 1st, Angels, SHHS
2015 : Scotty Burcham, 25th, Rockies, PDHS
2015 : Travis Moniot, 34th, Giants, PDHS
2014 : Nick Baker, 29th, Diamondbacks, PDHS
2013: Morgan Earman, 21st, Mets, DCA
2012: Tanner Rahier, 2nd, Reds, PDHS
2012: Taylor Ward, 31st, Rays, SHHS
2012: Ryan Garvey, 33rd, Rockies, PDHS
2012: Ricky Gingras, 18th, Astros, PDHS
2011: David Schuknecht, 12th, Rockies, PDHS
2011: Ryan Garvey, 15th, Phillies, PDHS
2011: Randall Yard, 36th, Reds, PDHS
2010: Nick Baker, 44th, Dodgers, PDHS
2007: Aaron Seuss, 27th, Nationals, PDHS
2007: Randall Yard, 37th, Braves, PDHS
2006: Michael Rocco, 24th, White Sox, PDHS
2006: Abraham Gonzalez, 48th, Angels, CVHS
2005: Anthony Claggett, 11th, Tigers, Palm Springs
2004 : Landon Burt, 27th, twins, LQHS
2002: Ryan Broderick, 20th, Angels, PDHS
2002: Adam Seuss, 36th, Astros, PDHS
2000: Jason Farmer, 14th, Giants, Indio
1997 : Rolando Garza, 9th, White Sox, CVHS
1997 : Jason Farmer, 31st, Marlins, Indio
1996: Jose Pimentel, 44th, Rangers, Indio
1994: Kevin High, 63rd Sailors, PDHS
1994: Canaan Price, 78th, Astros, PDHS
1994: Marcus Scott, 91st, Astros, PSHS
1992: Chad Townsend, 14th, Indians, PDHS
1991: Chad Bumgarner, 50th, Royals, PDHS
1991: Kerry Cosgrove, 72nd, Dodgers, PDHS
1990 : Trenton Hauswirth, 34th, Expos, PDHS
1989: Rollie Jacobson, 67th, Astros, PDHS
1987: Robert Pickowitz, 14th, Mets, Indio
1986: Brian Bennett, 5th, Astros, Indio
1986: Jeff Goodale, 19th, Brewers, PSHS
1984: Tony Perezchica, 3rd, Giants, PSHS
1983: Todd Jackson, 4th, Rangers, Indio
1983: Boris King, 6th, Pirates, PSHS
1983: Ivan Hyso, 17th, Pirates, PSHS
1983: Matt Held, 26th, A, INDIO
1982: Richard Flores, 2nd, Dodgers, CVHS
1982: Vin Rover, 18th, Reds, Indio
1982: Matt Held, 29th, A’s, Indio
1976: Danny Held, 11th, Giants, Indio
1975: Happy Vincent, 18th, Red Sox, PSHS
1969: Jerry Lewis, 18th, Pilots, PSHS
1967: Larry Price, 7th, Giants, CVHS
1967: Joseph Sanchez, 15th, Phillies, CHVS
1967: Gilbert Marrujo, 52nd, Indians, CVHS
1966: William Hathaway, 11th, PSHS
1965: Richard Totten, 20th, Angels, CVHS
*Note: Palm Desert’s Chris Clapinski was not drafted in 1992, but was picked up by the Marlins as an undrafted free agent. He played parts of two seasons in the majors.