2019 Amateur Draft

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The 2019 First Year Player Draft was the fifty-fifth Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. It began on June 3, 2019. In a first, the Boston Red Sox saw their first pick drop ten ranks, from #33 to #43, as a penalty for exceeding the luxury tax threshold. The team with the biggest draft bonanza was the Arizona Diamondbacks, with 8 of the first 93 selections.

There were two players clearly ahead of the pack heading into the draft, college C Adley Rutschman and high school SS Bobby Witt Jr., and they were expected to go 1-2 in that order - which is exactly what transpired. There were also three college pitchers considered can't miss - but then a huge drop after that, making experts predict that the first round would be dominated by hitters. Indeed, the first pitcher selected, Nick Lodolo was at #7, and there was only one more taken before pick #17, after which a few more were taken.

Draft Order[edit]

First Round[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Baltimore Orioles Adley Rutschman C Oregon State University (Col.) Sherwood, OR
2 Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr. SS Colleyville Heritage High School (H.S.) Colleyville, TX
3 Chicago White Sox Andrew Vaughn 1B University of California, Berkeley (Col.) Santa Rosa, CA
4 Miami Marlins JJ Bleday OF Vanderbilt University (Col.) Panama City Beach, FL
5 Detroit Tigers Riley Greene OF Paul J. Hagerty High School (H.S.) Oviedo, FL
6 San Diego Padres C.J. Abrams SS Blessed Trinity Catholic High School (H.S.) Alpharetta, GA
7 Cincinnati Reds Nick Lodolo LHP Texas Christian University (Col.) La Verne, CA
8 Texas Rangers Josh Jung 3B Texas Tech University (Col.) San Antonio, TX
9 Atlanta Braves Shea Langeliers C Baylor University (Col.) Keller, TX Compensation for failure to sign Carter Stewart
10 San Francisco Giants Hunter Bishop OF Arizona State University (Col.) Palo Alto, CA
11 Toronto Blue Jays Alek Manoah RHP West Virginia University (Col.) Miami, FL
12 New York Mets Brett Baty 3B Lake Travis High School (H.S.) Austin, TX
13 Minnesota Twins Keoni Cavaco 3B Eastlake High School (Chula Vista) (H.S.)
14 Philadelphia Phillies Bryson Stott SS University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Col.) Las Vegas, NV
15 Los Angeles Angels Will Wilson SS North Carolina State University (Col.) Kings Mountain, NC
16 Arizona Diamondbacks Corbin Carroll OF Lakeside High School (Seattle) (H.S.)
17 Washington Nationals Jackson Rutledge RHP San Jacinto College (Col.) St. Louis, MO
18 Pittsburgh Pirates Quinn Priester RHP Cary-Grove High School (H.S.)
19 St. Louis Cardinals Zack Thompson LHP University of Kentucky (Col.) Selma, IN
20 Seattle Mariners George Kirby RHP Elon University (Col.) Rye, NY
21 Atlanta Braves Braden Shewmake SS Texas A&M University (Col.) Wylie, TX
22 Tampa Bay Rays Greg Jones SS University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Col.) Cary, NC
23 Colorado Rockies Michael Toglia 1B University of California, Los Angeles (Col.) Gig Harbor, WA
24 Cleveland Indians Daniel Espino RHP Georgia Premier Academy
25 Los Angeles Dodgers Kody Hoese 3B Tulane University (Col.) Griffith, IN
26 Arizona Diamondbacks Blake Walston LHP New Hanover High School (H.S.) Compensation for failure to sign Matt McLain
27 Chicago Cubs Ryan Jensen RHP California State University, Fresno (Col.) Salinas, CA
28 Milwaukee Brewers Ethan Small LHP Mississippi State University (Col.) Lexington, TN
29 Oakland Athletics Logan Davidson SS Clemson University (Col.) Charlotte, NC
30 New York Yankees Anthony Volpe SS Delbarton School (H.S.)
31 Los Angeles Dodgers Michael Busch 2B University of North Carolina (Col.) Inver Grove Heights, MN Compensation for failure to sign J.T. Ginn
32 Houston Astros Korey Lee C University of California, Berkeley (Col.) Vista, CA

Compensation Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
33 Arizona Diamondbacks Brennan Malone RHP IMG Academy Compensation for Patrick Corbin
34 Arizona Diamondbacks Drey Jameson RHP Ball State University (Col.) Greenfield, IN Compensation for A.J. Pollock

Competitive Balance Round A[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
35 Miami Marlins Kameron Misner OF University of Missouri (Col.) Poplar Bluff, MO
36 Tampa Bay Rays JJ Goss RHP Cypress Ranch High School (H.S.)
37 Pittsburgh Pirates Sammy Siani OF William Penn Charter School (H.S.) Compensation for failure to sign Gunnar Hoglund
38 New York Yankees T.J. Sikkema LHP University of Missouri (Col.) DeWitt, IA Obtained from Cincinnati Reds as part of trade for Sonny Gray
39 Minnesota Twins Matt Wallner OF University of Southern Mississippi (Col.) Forest Lake, MN
40 Tampa Bay Rays Seth Johnson RHP Campbell University (Col.) Concord, NC Obtained from Oakland Athletics as part of trade for Jurickson Profar
41 Texas Rangers Davis Wendzel 3B Baylor University (Col.) San Clemente, CA Obtained from Milwaukee Brewers for Alex Claudio

Other Sports Selections[edit]

Feleipe Franks (31st round)

Notes[edit]

By being drafted #2 after his father, Bobby Witt, had been the #3 selection in 1985, Bobby Witt Jr. became part of the highest drafted father-son duo in history; they beat out Tom Grieve (#6 in 1966) and Ben Grieve (#2 in 1994).

Further Reading[edit]

  • David Adler: "2019 Draft legacies: Witt, Halladay, Hoffman, etc.", mlb.com, May 25, 2019. [1]
  • Associated Press: "Rutschman, Witt, Vaughn lead list of MLB draft prospects", USA Today, June 3, 2019. [2]
  • Associated Press: "Big catch: O's grab Rutschman atop MLB draft short on arms", USA Today, June 4, 2019. [3]
  • Jim Callis: "2019 Draft order set: O's, KC, White Sox go 1-2-3", mlb.com, October 1, 2018. [4]
  • Jim Callis: "These are the top 50 prospects for the '19 Draft", mlb.com, December 5, 2018. [5]
  • Jim Callis: "Mock draft: All 34 first-round picks", mlb.com, May 3, 2019. [6]
  • Mark Feinsand: "6 key storylines from Day 1 of MLB Draft", mlb.com, June 4, 2019. [7]
  • Jonathan Mayo: "Competitive Balance rounds set for 2019 Draft", mlb.com, November 19, 2018. [8]
  • Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum: "Here's our favorite Draft pick for all 30 teams", mlb.com, June 6, 2019. [9]

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