MLB wraps up first-year player draft

Brandon Sanger

Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft wraps up today with rounds 11-40. On Tuesday, several ASN-affiliated players were chosen, led by College of Charleston pitcher Taylor Clarke, who was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first pick of the third round, 76th overall.

With the 98th pick, the Kansas City Royals took Western Kentucky’s Anderson Miller, a center fielder. Clarke’s teammate third baseman Carl Wise was drafted in the fourth round, No. 122 overall, by the Toronto Blue Jays. Rice’s Jordan Stevens, a right-handed pitcher, was taken in the fifth round, No. 142 overall, by the Chicago White Sox.

Florida Atlantic’s Brendon Sanger, profiled below, was taken in the fourth round, No. 135 overall, by the Angels.

For the complete draft list, check out MLB draft tracker.

Here’s a closer look at some of the ASN-affiliated collegiate players who might be coming soon to a Minor League Sunday Showcase on ASN near you. (Scouting reports by with their top 200 ranking in parentheses.)

Taylor Clarke, RHP, College of Charleston (144) – Diamondbacks

Clarke transferred from Towson to Charleston, where he has become one of the best pitchers in college baseball, earning Louisville Slugger All-American honors this year. The Colonial Athletic Association’s Pitcher of Year, he led the nation in wins (13 in 15 starts) and struck out a school-record 136 batters while giving up just 16 earned runs in 107 innings.

Seth McGarry, RHP, Florida Atlantic (147) – Pirates

With a fastball in the mid-90s that allowed him to strike out 56 batters in 58.1 innings during his three-year career, McGarry has a chance to take the same fast track to the major leagues as Oakland A’s reliever and former Owls pitcher R.J. Alvarez. McGarry was drafted by the Pirates in the eighth round.

Kevin McCanna, RHP, Rice (154)

As the Owls’ unexpected No. 1 starter the past two seasons, McCanna was solid and steady — 15-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 178.2 innings with 129 strikeouts and 50 walks. “Coach (Wayne Graham) called my name, and I just went out there and threw strikes and tried to stay out there for as long as I could,” McCanna said. “It’s been working out.”

Brendon Sanger, OF, Florida Atlantic (160) – Angels

Sanger, Conference USA’s Player of the Year, earned the nickname “Hit Dog” by leading the Owls in batting average for three consecutive years, including .370 this season and .377 last year with a career on-base percentage of .462. “There are guys that can hit, and get hits,” said FAU head coach John McCormack. “But he understands hitting.”

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On the cover: Florida Atlantic’s Brendon Sanger was drafted by the Angels (Courtesy Florida Atlantic Athletics)