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It took awhile to get started, but high school players were flying off the board in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.
Considered a deep draft, especially among the pitchers and outfielders, the Class of 2018 didn't have a first round pick until Jarred Kelenic
of West (Waukesha, Wis.)
was chosen with the No. 6 overall pick by the New York Mets.
Kelenic's selection started a run of high school players with 17 of the final 24 selections coming from the prep ranks. That's the most high school players chosen in the first round since 17 were chosen in the first round of 2000.
Six high school pitchers went in the first round, led by Loretto (Tenn.)
left-hander Ryan Weathers
, the son of former MLB pitcher David Weathers, who was chosen No. 7 overall by the Padres. He went one spot ahead of Carter Stewart
of Eau Gallie (Melbourne, Fla.)
, the top-ranked high school pitcher by Perfect Game, who went to the Atlanta Braves at No. 8.
Other pitchers chosen included Grayson Rodriguez
of Central Heights (Nacogdoches, Texas)
at No. 11 to the Orioles, Cole Winn
of Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
at No. 15 to the Rangers, Matthew Liberatore
of Mountain Ridge (Glendale, Ariz.)
at No. 16 to Tampa Bay, Mason Denaburg
of Merritt Island (Fla.)
at No. 27 to the Nationals and J.T. Ginn
of Brandon (Miss.)
at No. 30 to the Dodgers.
Florida had four prep players chosen with Conner Scott
of Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
, chosen No. 13 by the Marlins, and Triston Casas
of American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
, chosen No. 26 by the Red Sox, joining Stewart and Denaburg.
A total of 37 high school players were chosen on the first day of the draft that included two rounds and several compensatory rounds. However, a number of high-ranking players are still available for tomorrow when the draft continues with rounds 3-10.
A pair of Georgia pitchers, Cole Wilcox
of Heritage (Ringgold, Ga.)
and Kumar Rocker
of North Oconee (Bogart, Ga.)
, are the highest-ranking players on the board while Mike Siani
of William Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.)
is the top outfield prospect available and shortstop Nander De Sedas
of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
is the top infield prospect available.