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4 PGAAs taken in Draft's top-8

Jeff Dahn

Published: Monday, June 04, 2018




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Alumni of the Perfect Game All-American Classic were once again front-and-center during the first round of Monday’s MLB June Amateur Draft, with four former PGAA’s being selected among the first eight picks.

Florida third baseman Jonathan India, who played in the 2014 PGAAC in San Diego, was the first to hear his name called, going to the Cincinnati Reds with the No. 5 overall pick. India, from Coral Springs, Fla., helped lead the Gators to the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championship, and they’re back in a Super Regional this weekend; the Milwaukee Brewers had previously selected India in the 26th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Outfielder Jarred Kelenic from Waukesha, Wis., became the first 2017 PGAA to be selected when the N.Y. Mets scooped-up  the talented five-tool prospect with the No.  6 overall pick. Kelenic, the No. 4-ranked 2018 national prospect, is a Louisville signee.

There was little wait required to find out who the next two 2017 PGAAs to be selected would be, with Loretto (Tenn.) High School left-hander Ryan Weathers going to the San Diego Padres and Eau Gallie High School (Fla.) right-hander Carter Stewart getting snagged by the Braves at No. 8.

PG ranked Weathers, a Vanderbilt signee, as the No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2018. Stewart, who has signed with Mississippi State, is ranked No. 8 overall in the 2018 class.

All four of these prospects also attended the PG National Showcase during the same summer they played at the PG All-American Classic. This year's PG National - featuring most of the potential 2018 PG All-Americans and potential 2019 MLB Draft first-round picks - will be held June 14-17 at the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field June 14-17.

Those four selections brought the number of PG All-Americans taken in the first round of the MLB June Amateur Draft to 191, with the possibility of several others still being taken later in Monday’s first round.

A total of nine PGAA’s have been taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft since 2004, a number that includes Bryce Harper (2010), Gerrit Cole (2011) and Carlos Correa (2012). 2015 PGAA Mickey Moniak went No. 1 overall to the Phillies in 2016 and the Twins took 2016 PGAA Royce Lewis No. 1 overall last year. 2016 PGAA’s Hunter Greene and MacKenzie Gore went 2-3 behind Lewis in 2017.


UPDATE: 19 total PG All-Americans were selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Eight more were taken in round two, bringing the Day 1 total to 27. Here are those picks:

Rd. Pick Name Team School
1 5 Jonathan India Cincinnati Reds Florida
1 6 Jarred Kelenic New York Mets Waukesha West HS (WI)
1 7 Ryan Weathers San Diego Padres Loretto HS (TN)
1 8 Carter Stewart Atlanta Braves Eau Gallie HS (FL)
1 12 Jordan Groshans Toronto Blue Jays Magnolia HS (TX)
1 13 Connor Scott Miami Marlins Plant HS (FL)
1 16 Matthew Liberatore Tampa Bay Rays Mountain Ridge HS (AZ)
1 19 Nolan Gorman St. Louis Cardinals Sandra Day O'Connor HS (AZ)
1 21 Brice Turang Milwaukee Brewers Santiago HS (CA)
1 23 Anthony Seigler New York Yankees Cartersville HS (GA)
1 26 Triston Casas Boston Red Sox American Heritage
1 27 Mason Denaburg Washington Nationals Merritt Island HS (FL)
1 29 Noah Naylor Cleveland Indians St. Joan of Arc Catholic (ON)
1 30 JT Ginn Los Angeles Dodgers Brandon HS (MS)
1 32 Nicholas Schnell Tampa Bay Rays Roncalli HS (IN)
1 35 Ethan Hankins Cleveland Indians Forsyth Central HS (GA)
1 37 Cadyn Grenier Baltimore Orioles Oregon State
1 38 Xavier Edwards San Diego Padres North Broward Prep
1 41 Lineras Torres Jr. Cleveland Indians Beacon HS (NY)
2 44 Parker Meadows Detroit Tigers Grayson HS (GA)
2 53 Osiris Johnson Miami Marlins Encinal HS (CA)
2 57 Jeremiah Jackson Los Angeles Angels St. Lukes HS (AL)
2 60 Joe Gray Jr. Milwaukee Brewers Hattiesburg HS (MS)
2 63 Alek Thomas Arizona Diamondbacks Mt. Carmel HS (IL)
2 64 Nick Decker Boston Red Sox Seneca HS (NJ)
2 69 Will Banfield Miami Marlins Brookwood HS (GA)
2 75 Luken Baker St. Louis Cardinals Texas Christian


UPDATE: Eight more PG All-Americans were selected on the second day (rounds 3-10) of the 2018 MLB Draft:

Rd. Pick Name Team School
3 79 Kody Clemens Detroit Tigers Texas
3 83 Carlos Cortes New York Mets South Carolina
3 85 Hogan Harris Oakland Athletics Louisiana
4 117 Nick Fortes Miami Marlins Mississippi
6 167 Kendall Logan Simmons Philadelphia Phillies Tatnall Square Academy (GA)
7 198 Cabera Weaver Chicago White Sox South Gwinnett HS (GA)
8 250 Elih Marrero Boston Red Sox St. Thomas University
9 260 Bryce Montes de Oca New York Mets Missouri


UPDATE: Twenty-seven PG All-Americans were selected on the third and final day (rounds 11-40) of the 2018 MLB Draft, bringing the three-day total to 62.

Rd. Pick Name Team School
11 323 Joe DeMers Oakland Athletics Washington
11 339 Blaze Alexander Arizona Diamondbacks Bishop Verot HS (FL)
11 340 Nicholas Northcut Boston Red Sox William Mason HS (OH)
14 416 John Aiello Toronto Blue Jays Wake Forest
14 425 Elijah Cabell Milwaukee Brewers TNXL Academy (FL)
15 459 Zack Shannon Arizona Diamondbacks Delta State
17 495 Avery Tuck Detroit Tigers New Mexico JC
20 603 Parker Kelly St. Louis Cardinals Oregon
24 715 Herbert Iser Baltimore Orioles San Jacinto JC
28 825 Daniel Reyes Detroit Tigers Miami
28 829 Brandt Stallings Cincinnati Reds Georgia College
29 875 Nander De Sedas Milwaukee Brewers Montverde Academy (FL)
29 879 Luke Bartnicki Arizona Diamondbacks Walton HS (GA)
30 896 Cobi Johnson Toronto Blue Jays Florida State
30 904 Seth Halvorsen Minnesota Twins Heritage Christian HS (MN)
32 969 Austin Bergner Arizona Diamondbacks North Carolina
33 978 Bryce Bush Chicago White Sox De La Salle HS (MI)
34 1012 Zack Hess Atlanta Braves Louisiana State
34 1023 Benito Santiago St. Louis Cardinals Tennessee
35 1057 Austin Wells New York Yankees Bishop Gorman HS (NV)
37 1109 Austin Becker Texas Rangers Big Walnut HS (OH)
37 1121 Cole Wilcox Washington Nationals Heritage HS (GA)
37 1124 Jon Littell Los Angeles Dodgers Oklahoma State
38 1135 Slade Cecconi Baltimore Orioles Trinity Preparatory (FL)
38 1146 Kumar Rocker Colorado Rockies North Oconee HS (GA)
39 1162 Jack Perkins Atlanta Braves Kokomo HS (IN)
39 1170 Christopher Willis Tampa Bay Rays Ruston HS (LA)



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