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These are the best-named players eligible for the 2017 MLB Draft

When the MLB Draft starts on Monday, June 12, fans will be tuning in with bated breath. Sure, part of it will be to see who the Twins take first overall and where two-way stars Brendan McKay and Hunter Greene end up. But people will also be waiting to hear the dozens of unique names read on TV.

Before the Draft begins, here are the best draft-eligible names -- and we have categorized them for easy sorting. Take a look for your own favorites, and follow along with the draft here

The Draft begins Monday at 6 ET with broadcast coverage on MLB Network and, and continues Tuesday and Wednesday on  

National pride

Edmond Americaan, CF, Chipola College

J.P. France, RHP, Tulane University

From a Key and Peele Sketch

A.J. Bumpass, LF, University of Cincinnati

D'Mond LaFond, RHP, Refugio High School, 

Maverik Buffo, RHP, Brigham Young University

Handsome Monica, C, University of Louisiana Lafayette,

Boyd Vander Kooi, RHP, Skyline High School 

Preston Grand Pre, SS, University of Cal-Berkeley

Cre Finfrock, RHP, University of Central Florida

Big League Dreams

Jeter Downs, SS (of course), Monsignor Edward Pace High School 

Maddux Conger, RHP, Vanderbilt University 

Maddux Miller, RHP, James Martin Senior High School 

Zach Britton, C, Batesville High School 

Friendly guys

Trey Jolly, RHP, Mississippi State University

Dezmond Chumley, CF, Weatherford College

Metal band

Brock Deatherage, LF, North Carolina St. University

Ocean's Eleven

Cash Case, SS, The First Academy

Chase Smartt, C, Troy University

& Guildenstern are Dead

Hayden Rosenkrantz, RHP, Cottonwood Senior High School


Allen Beer, RHP, Bradley University

Blake Beers, RHP, Loyola High School

Gunnar Troutwine, C Wichita State University

Shouldn't be a pitcher

Janson Junk, RHP, Seattle University

A hint for which team should draft them

Cardinal Fernandezees, RHP, Junipero Serra High School 

Star Wars characters

Altoon Coleman, RHP, Winter Springs High School

Dalton Wingo, CF, Plant City High School 

Tarik Skubal, LHP, Seattle University 

Eder Erives, RHP, Arizona State University

Zebulon Vermillion, RHP, Shawnee Mission East High School 

But the #brands

Sam Tweedt, RHP, Oregon State University 

Kyle Goodbrand, RHP, University of California San Diego


Joe Freiday, C, Virginia Tech University