Major League Baseball completes 2017 Draft

Major League Baseball today completed its 2017 Draft, with a total of 1,215 players being chosen in the 40 rounds and two Competitive Balance rounds. The Draft resumed i

June 14th, 2017

Major League Baseball today completed its 2017 Draft, with a total of 1,215 players being chosen in the 40 rounds and two Competitive Balance rounds. The Draft resumed in the 11th round via conference call this afternoon after Tuesday's completion of rounds three through 10.

Pitchers were the most frequently chosen players, with 660 being selected (472 RHP, 188 LHP). The rest of the 2017 pool was comprised of 246 infielders (including 100 shortstops, 61 third basemen, 42 second basemen, 37 first basemen and six utility infielders), 205 outfielders, 99 catchers and five utility players.

Four schools - Chipola College, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin - had 11 players selected, tied for the most in the Draft. Clemson University and Florida State University each had nine players selected, while nine schools produced eight different players, including Cal State Long Beach, Fresno State University, Louisiana State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Florida, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, the University of California at Santa Barbara and Wake Forest University.

Players were selected from 46 states, with Idaho, Maine, North Dakota and Vermont being the states to not produce a draft selection. The states that had the most players selected were California (192), Florida (135), Texas (123), Georgia (56), Illinois (55), North Carolina (44), New York (40), Arizona (35), Pennsylvania (34) and Washington (33). Fifty draft-eligible foreign-born players were selected in the 40 rounds, including 28 players from Puerto Rico; 19 players from Canada; and one player each from Australia, Panama and the Virgin Islands.

The Minnesota Twins selected JSerra Catholic High School shortstop Royce Lewis with the first overall pick in the Draft. Lewis was the second shortstop taken with the first overall selection in the last three years, joining Dansby Swanson, who was the top selection in 2015.

Four players who were in attendance at Studio 42 on Monday night were selected in the opening round, including Notre Dame High School (CA) right-handed pitcher Hunter Greene, who was selected second overall by the Cincinnati Reds; Ballard High School (KY) outfielder Jordon Adell, who was taken 10th overall by the Los Angeles Angels; Carlsbad High School (NM) left-handed pitcher Trevor Rogers, who was drafted 13th overall by the Miami Marlins; and McGill-Toolen High School (AL) outfielder Bubba Thompson, who was the 26th overall selection by the Texas Rangers. 

Eight of the top 26 selections in the Draft (30.8%) were African-American or Latino, including Lewis; Greene; Adell; Alex Faedo (18th overall, DET); Heliot Ramos (19th overall, SF), who is an alumnus of MLB's Elite Development Program in Puerto Rico; Jeren Kendall (23rd overall, LAD); Seth Romero (25th overall, WSH); and Thompson. With shortstop Jeter Downs selected 32nd overall, six of the top 32 selections (18.8%) were African-American. The 2017 Draft marked just the third time in the last 30 years that African-American players were selected with the first two picks of the Draft, joining 1991 (Brien Taylor - 1, Mike Kelly - 2) and 2003 (Delmon Young - 1, Rickie Weeks - 2). Additionally, it was the first time three African-American players have been selected in the top 10 since 1992, when Jeffrey Hammonds (4th overall), Derek Jeter (6th overall), Calvin Murray (7th overall), Preston Wilson (9th overall) and Michael Tucker (10th overall) were drafted.

Among the alumni of MLB's Youth Academy network who were drafted were Greene and Ernie De La Trinidad (19th round, ARI), each of whom attended the Compton, California Youth Academy. R.J. Barnes, who was selected by the Reds in the 34th round, became the first alumnus of the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy to be drafted.

Among the alumni of MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program selected in the Draft were Greene (Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI); Gio Arriera (Miami Marlins RBI, 4th round, DET); Joseph Jarneski (Nobu Yamauchi RBI, 12th round, TEX), who was the first player ever drafted out of Hawaii's RBI Program; Isaiah Henry (Houston Astros RBI, 14th round, KC); Donivan Williams (Chicago White Sox RBI, 14th round, STL); Barnes (Cincinnati Reds RBI), who was the first player ever drafted out of Cincinnati's RBI Program; Ronell Coleman (Chicago White Sox RBI, 34th round, DET); David Vazquez (Miami Marlins RBI, 37th round, ARI); and Angelo Smith (Chicago White Sox RBI, 40th round, CWS).

In addition, the following drafted players participated in either an Elite Development Invitational (EDI), a Breakthrough Series (BTS) or the "Dream Series," all joint initiatives of MLB and USA Baseball: Greene (2015 EDI and Dream Series); Thompson (2016 BTS); Cal Mitchell (2016 BTS, 2nd round, PIT); Canaan Smith (2016 BTS, 4th round, NYY); Je'von Ward (2015 EDI, 12th round, MIL); Henry (2016 BTS); Antoine Mistico (2016 EDI, 14th round, DET); Christian Santana (2016 BTS, 15th round, MIL); Marlin Willis (2015 EDI, 18th round, KC); Cordell Dunn (2016 EDI, 19th round, TOR); Myles McKisic (Dream Series, 23rd round, TEX); Barnes (2016 BTS and 2016 EDI); Darren Baker (2015 BTS, 27th round, WSH); Andres Santana (2016 BTS, 29th round, HOU); Vazquez (2016 BTS); Jose Garcia (2016 EDI, 38th round, BOS); Jordan Anderson (2015 and 2016 BTS, 40th round, TEX); and Smith (2016 BTS).

Sixty-seven players who participated in 2017 events for the joint Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) program by MLB and USA Baseball were selected during the 2017 Draft (full list accompanies this press release). The 67 players represent 54% of all draft-eligible PDP participants in 2017. The structure of the voluntary program provides a streamlined, official identification and assessment pathway service for elite high school age athletes to maximize their exposure to MLB Clubs and their scouts by conducting regionalized, professional workouts where they can be evaluated. At each PDP event, players undergo a unique athletic assessment consisting of sport performance vision screening, swing analysis and precise physical testing.

The San Francisco Giants selected third baseman Jacob Gonzalez, the son of five-time All-Star outfielder Luis Gonzalez, in the second round out of Chaparral High School in Arizona. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted first baseman Kacy Clemens, the son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, in the eighth round out of the University of Texas at Austin. The San Diego Padres chose right-handed pitcher Cole Bellinger, the brother of Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger and the son of former Major Leaguer Clay Bellinger, in the 15th round out of Hamilton High School in Arizona. The Washington Nationals selected Darren Baker, the son of their manager Dusty Baker, in the 27th round out of Jesuit High School in California. The Los Angeles Angels drafted Peyton Glavine, the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine, in the 37th round out of Blessed Trinity High School in Georgia.

Other notable selections included: Joe Dunand (2nd round, MIA), nephew of 14-time All-Star and 1993 number one overall selection Alex Rodriguez; Gavin Sheets (2nd round, CWS), son of former Major League outfielder Larry Sheets; Daulton Varsho (Competitive Balance Round B, ARI), son of former Major League outfielder Gary Varsho; Mac Sceroler (5th round, CIN), nephew of former Major League pitcher and 1989 top overall pick Ben McDonald; Buddy Kennedy (5th round, ARI), grandson of four-time All-Star Don Money; Dalton Guthrie (6th round, PHI), son of former Major League pitcher Mark Guthrie; Chase Pinder (7th round, STL), brother of Oakland Athletics infielder Chad Pinder; Jordan Wren (10th round, BOS), son of former MLB general manager and current Boston Red Sox executive Frank Wren; Colby Bortles (22nd round, DET), brother of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles; Gunner Halter (22nd round, TOR), son of former Major League infielder Shane Halter; Jamori Blash (23rd round, WSH), brother of Padres Minor League outfielder Jabari Blash; Zach Jarrett (28th round, BAL), son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett; Cole Percival (31st round, ARI), son of four-time All-Star pitcher Troy Percival; Riley Crean (35th round, CWS), son of former Indiana and Marquette basketball coach Tom Crean; Daniel Alfonzo (38th round, NYM), son of All-Star infielder Edgardo Alfonzo; and Jake Boone (38th round, WSH), son of three-time All-Star second baseman Bret Boone.

In addition, the Chicago Cubs selected Charleston Southern University outfielder Chris Singleton in the 19th round. Chris was honored by the New York Yankees during the team's annual HOPE Week in 2015, following his courageous response to the tragic shooting inside a Charleston, South Carolina church that claimed the life of his mother.