Time to play ball: 125 ASN players selected in MLB Draft

Brandon Sanger

More than 100 ASN-affiliated collegiate baseball players might be coming soon to a Minor League Sunday Showcase on ASN near you.

Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft concluded Wednesday with 125 players selected from ASN-affiliated schools, led by College of Charleston pitcher Taylor Clarke, who was taken in the third round (76th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Clarke, the Cougars’ highest-ever draft pick, was one of 12 players from the Colonial Athletic Association who were drafted.

Other draft picks by conference:

  • Atlantic 10: 12, including five selected by the defending American League champion Kansas City Royals.
  • Big South: 13, making it six consecutive years at least 11 Big South players have been drafted.
  • Conference USA: 36, with Rice producing the most picks with seven, while Florida Atlantic had six.
  • Horizon League: 8, the league’s most since at least 2006.
  • Ivy League: 9, including five from Columbia, Lou Gehrig’s alma mater.
  • Ohio Valley: 7, giving the conference 65 players drafted over the past six years.
  • Patriot League: 5, of the league’s best showings with players from four different schools.
  • Southern: 7, including two Wofford players taken in the same draft for the first time in school history.
  • WAC: 16, more than double the number of conference players selected last year.

ASN’s Minor League Showcase continues Sunday at 6 p.m. ET when the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins) visit the Lexington Legends (Royals) in a Class A South Atlantic League game.

Above: Florida Atlantic “Hit Dog” Brendon Sanger, who was selected in the fourth round (135th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels.