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First Round Picks in the Atlantic League

July 17 marks the start of the annual MLB First-Year Player Draft which starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The first and second rounds will be held on Sunday with subsequent rounds starting on Monday.

Here is a quick look at current Atlantic League players who started their careers as first round draft choices.

  • Chase Vallot of Kentucky was a first round pick of the Royals in 2014
  • York’s Nick Howard was the 14th overall pick of Cincinnati in 2014
  • York’s Nick Travieso was the 12th overall, Cincinnati in 2012
  • Lexington’s Phillip Ervin went No. 27 in the first round to Cincinnati in 2013
  • Zach Collier of Southern Maryland was the 34th overall pick by Philadelphia in 2008
  • Lexington’s Courtney Hawkins went 13th to the White Sox in 2012
  • Eddie Butler of Southern Maryland was a first rounder to Colorado in 2012
  • Charleston’s Walker Weickel went in the first round to San Diego 2012
  • Staten Island’s Justin O’Conner was the 31st pick in the first round to the Rays in 2010
  • Blake Swihart with Lexington was 26th overall to Boston in 2011
  • Lexington’s Henry Owens was 36th overall pick by Boston in 2011
  • Lexington’s Dwight Smith, Jr. was a first round of Toronto in 2011
  • Jake Skole of Gastonia was the 15th overall pick by Texas in 2010
  • Recent Ducks shortstop Deven Marrero, now with Mets, was the 24th pick in the first round of Boston in 2012.
  • High Point’s Jonathon Crawford was a first round pick of the Detroit Tigers out of the University of Florida in 2013
  • Chris Shaw of Kentucky was a first round pick of the Giants (No. 31) in 2015

 

Among the coaches and managers currently in the Atlantic League:

  • Gastonia pitching coach Reggie Harris was a first round pick (No. 26) by the Boston Red Sox in the 1987 draft.
  • Long Island manager Wally Backman was a first round by the Mets in 1977, 16th overall, out of Aloha, OR High School

 

 

 

 



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