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Six Kentucky baseball players selected in first 2 days of MLB Draft

Sean Hejelle was selected as the 45th overall pick in the MLB Draft Monday night. Overall, six Kentucky players have been selected in the first two days of the draft. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s baseball program has produced several memorable moments during the past two years. Six players who were an integral part of the team’ success were drafted in the first...

School-record six Kentucky players chosen during first two days of MLB Draft

Kentucky left-handed pitcher Zach Logue and outfielder Zach Reks were selected in the ninth and 10th rounds, respectively, in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Tuesday, the second day of the three-day event.   The two players gave Kentucky six selections in the first 10 rounds, a school record. Logue and Reks join first baseman Evan White (1st round, Seattle), infielder Riley Mahan (3rd,...

Cats’ White drafted by Mariners in MLB Draft; Cards’ star McKay chosen as fourth overall pick by D-Rays

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Evan White is going to the next level and Louisville standout Brendan McKay also is taking his two-way act to the major leagues. The University of Kentucky first baseman was the 17th overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the Major League Baseball Draft Monday night, becoming the fifth player in school history chosen in the opening round. He joins Alex...

Beggs picked in 16th round by Miami Marlins as four UK players chosen in MLB Draft

Kentucky pitcher Dustin Beggs was selected by Miami in the 16th round of Saturday’s Major League Draft. Beggs, a senior righthander from Roswell, Georgia, led UK in victories with a 9-2 record and had a 3.01 earned-run average. Beggs worked 98.2 innings this season and had 80 strikeouts, leading the team in both categories, and opponents had a mere .215 batting average against him. Dustin Beggs...

School record three Cardinals selected in first round of MLB Draft; Ray goes fifth to White Sox

The University of Louisville baseball program had a record-setting opening night of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft as four Cardinals were chosen in the first 62 selections, including three first rounders. Junior outfielder Corey Ray became the highest draft selection in program history going fifth overall to the Milwaukee Brewers. He was joined in the first round by junior righthanded...

Lucas, McKay were chosen in the 2014 MLB Draft, but will compete for Louisville in 2015

Zach Lucas is one of two Cardinal baseball players returning for the 2015 season after bypassing the MLB draft. (Photo provided)   The deadline for Major League Baseball teams to sign 2014 draft picks passed last Friday and the Louisville baseball team received good news as veteran infielder Zach Lucas and incoming freshman lefty pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay chose to play for the Cardinals...

Eleven Kentucky high school or college players selected on day three of MLB draft

Coco Johnson bats for UofL. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Staff report   See below for a roundup of the Kentucky players selected on day three of the MLB draft as the picks are made. Unlike the first two days of the draft, there are no assigned slot values for picks after the 10th round. Any bonus exceeding $100,000 counts toward a team’s bonus pool.   11th round   The first...

Wildcats, Cardinals each see three players selected on day two of 2013 MLB draft

Staff report   Six Kentucky college baseball players were selected on day two of the MLB draft, bringing the state’s total number of picks in the first 10 rounds to eight.   See below for a round-by-round breakdown of the Friday selections:   Follow below for updates as Kentucky players are selected on day two of the 2013 MLB draft:   Third Round   Dace Kime. (Photo by...

Warren East lefty Hunter Green selected by Angels in MLB draft second round

Staff report   Warren East left-handed pitcher Hunter Green became the second Kentucky high school pitcher selected in the MLB draft Thursday when the Los Angeles Angels selected him with the No. 59 pick in the second round Thursday.   Hunter Green. (Photo from Warren East) Green was 3-1 with a 0.14 ERA in 10 starts as a senior. After surrendering one earned run in his season debut versus...

Woodford County pitcher Clinton Hollon drafted in second round by Toronto Blue Jays

Staff report   Woodford County High School right-handed pitcher Clinton Hollon became the earliest Kentucky high school MLB draft selection since 2007 when the Toronto Blue Jays selected him with the No. 47 pick in the second round Thursday.   Hollon was 9-1 with a 0.61 ERA in 10 starts as a senior according to Woodford County’s Max Preps website. He struck out 87 batters in 57 innings....

MLB draft preview: Kentucky high school pitchers shine in front of deep college class

Kentucky could see its first first-round MLB draft selection in two years Thursday with the start of the three-day MLB draft.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Kentucky saw 22 high school or college alumni selected in the 2012 draft. A pair of highly touted Kentucky high school pitchers as well a deep college pitching class figures to see the number of drafted Kentuckians increase this...

With Friday MLB signing deadline looming, several local draftees considering options

Jerad Grundy pitches for UK (Photo by Jon Hale)   With just more than 48 hours remaining until the deadline for Major League Baseball draft picks to sign professional contracts, six former Kentucky college or high school standouts remain unsigned. Draft picks have until Friday at 5 p.m. to sign professional contracts.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The group is lead by Pittsburgh...

Atlanta Braves make Lexington pitcher first Asbury College athlete to be drafted

Story by Jon Hale jon@kyforward.com Lexington native Gardner Adams dreamed of playing professional baseball when he graduated from Lafayette High School in 2007. But he knew his route to that dream would be more difficult than most since he would play collegiately at Asbury College, which had never had an athlete drafted by any professional sports league. Adams had listened to most of the 2011 Major...

Washington Nationals select UK pitcherwith first-round pick in 2011 MLB draft

University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer became the highest drafted Kentucky baseball player since 2001 after the Washington Nationals selected him with the No. 23 pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft Monday night. “Obviously they are a team on the rise with the prospects they have selected in the last few years,” said Meyer, pointing to 2009 No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg,...

BluGrass Baseball 2011 draft preview

University of Kentucky The headliner: RHP Alex Meyer – UK junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer is expected to be selected tonight in the first round of the MLB draft. Mock drafts have had Meyer projected to be selected as high as No. 6 by the Nationals, which would make him the highest drafted UK player ever. He wouldn’t be the highest drafted player from Kentucky though as St Xavier right-handed...