For third time in four years, Jordan Kipper has an opportunity to become a professional ballplayer.

The Mountain Pointe product was selected in the ninth round of the MLB first-player draft on Friday by the Los Angeles Angels.

The Texas Christian junior was selected No. 269 overall after a quality first year with the Horned Frogs after two years with the Central Arizona.

Kipper, who had the walk-off hit to give the Pride the 2011 state title, is 8-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 games, including 12 starts.

In 68 2/3 innings, Kipper allowed 61 hits, walked 14 and struck out 65.

TCU is still alive in the postseason as it hosts Pepperdine Saturday through Monday with a berth to the NCAA World Series on the line.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder right-hander will choose between turning pro or heading back to TCU where he would be one of the Horned Frogs' top starters as a senior.

Kipper, whose grandfather, Thornton Kipper, played professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1952-55, was drafted in the 39th round out of high school by the Dodgers and in the 30th round by the Phillies after his freshman year at Central Arizona.

The draft continues on Saturday for rounds 11 through 40 with players like Kevin Cron (MP/TCU), Shaun Chase (Desert Vista/Oregon), Ernie de la Trinidad (Mountain Pointe) and Keenan Bartlett (Desert Vista) have a chance to be selected.

The Pride's Cole Tucker was selected No. 24 overall by Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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