BURBANK — Although he just completed his senior baseball season, Burbank High baseball standout Lonnie Kauppila has already fulfilled two of his dreams.
Last year, Kauppila fulfilled a childhood dream of earning a college scholarship when he signed with Stanford.
Wednesday, another one of his long-standing desires came true when he was chosen in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft. Kauppila was drafted in the 44th round — 1,325 overall — by the Oakland Athletics.
"It's kind of a dream come true for me," Kauppila said. "It's definitely something that I can tell the grandkids about when I get older. It's just a good feeling being taken anywhere in the draft.
"It was also nice knowing that wherever I went in the draft, I always had Stanford to fall back on."
Kauppila, a shortstop, is the first player to be drafted from Burbank High in 10 years. The last was Corry Parrott, who was taken in the 48th round of the 2000 draft by the Chicago White Sox.