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45 Baseball Factory Alums Selected on First Night of 2018 MLB Draft

The 2018 MLB Draft is off and running with first night draft selections in the books, and Baseball Factory is proud to announce that 45 alums, who attended at least one Factory event, were drafted in the first 78 picks, including the second and third picks and three of the first five selections overall.

In addition, 28 Factory alums were selected in the first round, Compensation Round A and competitive balance round A and 15 former Under Armour All-Americans were first day draft selections as well. Both numbers increased from 2017 (22 first round picks and nine UA All-Americans), respectively.

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The Detroit Tigers, the team who held the top draft selection will now bank on the potential of a future ace of the organization, the nation’s top collegiate pitcher, Auburn’s Casey Mize went first overall.

Bart, pictured at the 2014 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, went second overall to the Giants.

Immediately after Mize, the first Baseball Factory alum went off the board as Georgia Tech’s power-hitting catcher Joey Bart was selected second overall by the San Francisco Giants as they look to Bart as the heir apparent to Buster Posey. Bart led the ACC in hitting with a .359 average to go along with 16 homers and 38 RBI. He was a 2014 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American.

The Philadelphia Phillies were up next at number three and took one of the premier college bats in the nation and a potential infield cornerstone when they selected Wichita State junior third baseman and Baseball Factory alum, Alec Bohm. Bohm, who attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in 2013, upped his home run total as a junior this season, hitting 16 homers to go along with a .436 on-base percentage.

Rounding out the top five was yet another top college bat, playing on one of the top teams still left in the College World Series, Jonathan India. India, who played in the 2012 Team One Futures East Showcase and 2014 Baseball Factory Team One Florida Showcase, was selected fifth overall by the Cincinnati Reds. Still playing in the College World Series, India has increased his power at the plate, smashing 17 home runs, including one after he was drafted last night.

The first prep player selected began a run of Under Armour All-America Game alums, starting with Wisconsin native, Jarred Kelenic, who went sixth overall to the New York Mets. Kelenic first came to an Under Armour Baseball Factory College PREP event in 2016. Following Kelenic was LHP Ryan Weathers, selected seventh overall by the San Diego Padres. Weathers just recently was named the 2017-18 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.

Carter Stewart

Baseball Factory Futures East alum, Carter Stewart was on the rise as of late and landed at No. 8 overall to the Atlanta Braves after a strong spring season. Stewart possesses a devastating curve ball and has the highest spin rate on his pitch – higher than any major league pitcher in the game today. Stewart struck out 128 hitters in only 61 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Following Stewart was dynamic two-sport athlete at the University of Oklahoma, Kyler Murray. Selected by the Oakland Athletics ninth overall, the organization loved the athleticism of the football and baseball star, which could potentially end up a huge steal for Oakland. Murray, who played in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, played very well in the game, doing this after earlier that day, practicing for his high school football team and flying to Chicago for the event.

Baseball Factory College PREP attendee Travis Swaggerty, an OF from South Alabama, went 10th overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hard-throwing RHP Grayson Rodriguez, a 6’5, 230 pound workhorse, went 11th overall to the Baltimore Orioles as they continue to stock pile top prep pitching. Rodriguez played in both the 2015 & ’16 Baseball Factory Futures Texas Showcases. Beginning with pick No. 12 through the 19th pick, six consecutive Under Armour All-Americans were selected. At 12 for the Toronto Blue Jays was Jordan Groshans, who has done numerous Baseball Factory events, beginning with a National Tryout, working his way through to become a Baseball Factory Pre-Season Rookie All-American in 2015, appearances in Baseball Factory’s National East and Futures Texas Showcases, a Pre-Season All-American nod in 2017 and the All-America Game at Wrigley Field last summer.

Following Groshans at No. 13 was Connor Scott (2017 Under Armour All-American) to the Miami Marlins, Cole Winn, 15th overall to the Texas Rangers, Matt Liberatore, 16th overall to the Tampa Bay Rays, Jordyn Adams, 17th to the LA Angels and Nolan Gorman, 19th to the St. Louis Cardinals, all five playing in last year’s exciting All-America Game in Chicago.

Three more talented and dynamic athletes went in picks 23, 25 and 26 respectively, as switch-hitting catcher Anthony Seigler (Futures South and National South Showcase) was selected by the New York Yankees. Seigler has also jumped on the mound as a switch-pitcher as well. Matt McLain (Futures West, National West, 2017 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American) is a shortstop who has performed well against other top talent in Southern California was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks and slugging first baseman and two-time Under Armour All-American, Triston Casas was selected by the Boston Red Sox at No. 26.

Starting with Casas at 26, we saw yet another run of former Under Armour All-Americans towards the back end of the first round with Mason Denaburg selected next at No. 27 by the Washington Nationals, followed by two-time All-American, Seth Beer (28th overall to the Houston Astros), Noah Naylor (29th overall to the Cleveland Indians), JT Ginn (30th overall to the LA Dodgers) and Ethan Hankins (35th overall to the Cleveland Indians) to round out this grouping.

The final five picks out of the first 43 overall included: Gunnar Hoglund, 36th overall to the Pirates (2016 UA Futures East, 2017 UA National Florida), Xavier Edwards, 38th overall to the San Diego Padres and a really nice story as Xavier first started in the Factory program at an Interactive Video Program event as a 12-year old, working his way to 14 other Baseball Factory events, including numerous Baseball Factory Showcases (Futures East and National Florida) as well as the 2017 UA All-America Pre-Season Tournament and Stanford LHP Kris Bubic (40th overall to the Royals | 2014 UA Southwest Championships).

All of the Baseball Factory alumni who were drafted got started at an introductory-level event, whether an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout or a College PREP event. Start on your path to greatness by working with a program that helped produce 29 first round picks this year, and attend a National Tryout near you.

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