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Major League Baseball completes 2024 MLB Draft

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Major League Baseball today completed its 2024 Draft presented by Nike, with a total of 615 players being chosen in the 20 rounds, one Prospect Promotion Incentive Selection round, two Compensation rounds and two Competitive Balance rounds. The Draft resumed in the 11th round via MLB.com this afternoon after Monday’s completion of rounds three through 10.

Pitchers were the most frequently chosen players, with 354 being selected (262 RHP, 91 LHP and 1 switch-pitcher). The rest of the 2024 pool was comprised of 93 outfielders, 60 shortstops, 49 catchers, 29 third basemen, 15 first basemen, eight second basemen, six two-way players and one infielder.

Mississippi State University had 11 players selected, marking the most in the Draft. Other top universities included: Louisiana State University (9); the University of Arkansas (8); Florida State University (8); Oklahoma State University (8); the University of Oklahoma (8); the University of Kentucky (7); the University of Mississippi (7); Oregon State University (7); Texas A&M University (7); Vanderbilt University (7); the University of Alabama (6); East Carolina University (6); Indiana University (6); University of Kansas (6); the University of North Carolina (6); and Wake Forest University (6).

Players were selected from 44 states, with California (76) producing the most selections, followed by Florida (71); Texas (44); North Carolina (30); Georgia (27); Virigina (26); Pennsylvania (25); Illinois (21); New York (18); Indiana (14); South Carolina (14); Alabama (13); New Jersey (13); Oklahoma (13); Tennessee (12); Colorado (11); Michigan (11); Oregon (11) and Arizona (10). Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Washington each had nine draft selections. Wisconsin had eight players selected in the Draft while Kansas and Louisiana each had seven selections. States with four Draft selections included Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada and New Hampshire; while states with three Draft selections included Hawaii, Rhode Island and Utah. Connecticut, Idaho and New Mexico each had two players chosen and Alaska, Montana and West Virginia round out the group with one Draft pick each. In addition to the players selected from the United States, 11 players from Canada, 7 players from Puerto Rico and one player from Australia were also drafted.

The Cleveland Guardians selected second baseman Travis Bazzana out of Oregon State University with the first overall pick in the Draft. Bazzana was the first second baseman taken with the first overall selection in the history of the MLB Draft and the Australian native is just the second player born outside of the United States to be drafted first overall, joining Carlos Correa (2012, HOU). He is also the first number one overall pick in Guardians’ history and joins two-time All-Star Adley Rutschman (2019, BAL) as the only players to ever be selected first overall out of Oregon State University.

The first pick in the 2024 Draft, Travis Bazzana (1st round, CLE) , participated in the ‘MLB International College Showcase Tour,’ which takes place annually in Phoenix, Arizona. Participants of the MLB World Select Team have the opportunity to participate in activities for college recruiters and professional scouts. Major League Baseball has hosted the international college showcase since 2015, highlighting the commitment to growing the game internationally.

Among the additional MLB Develops event alumni (Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series and Hank Aaron Invitational) selected in the Draft are Christian Moore (1st round, LAA), Braden Montgomery (1st round, BOS), Cameron Smith (1st round, CHI), Ty Southisene (4th round, CHI), Tyler Wilson (8th round, NYY), Cameron Hill, (8th round, PHI), Christian Little (11th round, SEA), Erik Parker (15th round, LAD), TJ McCants (16th round, SEA) and Jacoby Long (17th round, NYM).

Following the second annual HBCU Swingman Classic Presented by T-Mobile & Powered by the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, two HBCU players from the event were selected in the Draft, including Randy Flores (8th round, LAA) and Cameron Hill (8th round, PHI).

Alumni of the Nike RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program include Jurrangelo Cijnte (1st round, SEA), Randall Diaz (5th round, WSH), Coen Nicali (15th round, MIA) and Jared Sprague-Lott (9th round, OAK) who is also an alumnus of the Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy.

Additionally, 23 alumni of the MLB Desert Invitational tournament, 12 High School All-American Game alumni, four participants of the former States Play event, three High School Homerun Derby participants including 2023 champion PJ Morlando (1st round, MIA), who also participated in the High School All American Game, were all taken in this year’s Draft.

Of note, Sir Jameson Jones (15th round, WSH) is an alumni of White Sox Nike RBI, all MLB Develops programming and the 2023 High School All American Game.

Three players from Wake Forest University were selected within the first 10 picks of the Draft with the Cincinnati Reds selecting starting pitcher Chase Burns (2nd overall); the Oakland Athletics selecting first baseman Nick Kurtz (4th overall); and the Washington Nationals selecting shortstop Seaver King (10th overall). Since the inception of the MLB Draft, it is the second time in history that a trio of teammates were selected within the top-10 picks, joining Philip Humber (3rd overall), Jeff Niemann (4th overall) and Wade Townsend (8th overall), who were selected out of Rice University in 2004. Additionally, it is the seventh time that two teammates have been drafted within the first four overall picks, following Louisiana State University teammates Paul Skenes and Dylan Crews, who became the first pair of teammates to ever be selected first and second overall in last year’s Draft. For the 21st time in the last 23 years, at least one pair of teammates (college or high school) were selected in the first round.

All six players who were in attendance at Cowtown Coliseum were selected in the first round on Sunday. The players in attendance who were chosen included shortstop JJ Wetherholt from West Virginia University (7th overall, STL); second baseman Christian Moore from the University of Tennessee (8th overall, LAA); outfielder Braden Montgomery from Texas A&M University (12th overall, BOS); switch-pitcher Jurrangelo Cijntje (15th overall, SEA) from Mississippi State University; shortstop Kaelen Culpepper (21st overall, MIN) from Kansas State University; and left-handed pitcher Cam Caminiti (24th overall, ATL) from Saguaro High School (AZ).

The first round of the Draft aired on ESPN and MLB Network on Sunday night, drawing the second-highest viewership in the history of the event. ESPN and MLB Network combined viewership was up +16% with an average viewership of 863,000. During the evening, viewership peaked at 1.1 million and there was a +66% increase in viewers aged 18-34.

Christian Moore (8th), who was selected by the Los Angeles Angels; Cijntje (15th overall), who was selected by the Seattle Mariners; Carson Benge (19th), who was selected by the New York Mets; and Caminiti (24th), who was selected by the Atlanta Braves are among the players selected in the first 30 picks of this year’s Draft who have family ties to baseball. Caminiti is the cousin of Ken Caminiti, who had a 15-season career as a third baseman, primarily with the Astros (1987-94, 1999-00) and Padres (1995-98), also appearing with the Rangers and Braves (both 2001). He earned three All-Star selections and three Gold Glove awards, and posted career highs in home runs (40) and RBIs (130) en route to winning National Legaue MVP in 1996. Moore’s brother, C.J., was picked in the 13th round of the 2014 Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cijntje’s father, Michelangelo, played pro baseball in the Netherlands. Benge’s brother, Garrett, was selected in the 13th round of the 2017 Draft by the Boston Red Sox.

In addition to the above players, other notable selections with baseball and professional sports ties included:

  • Northeastern University outfielder Mike Sirota (3rd round, CIN), whose great-uncle is 10-time All-Star and six-time World Series champion Hall of Famer Whitey Ford.
  • State College of Florida third baseman Jalen Hairston (18th round, CIN), whose father, Scott, uncle, Jerry Jr., grandfather, Jerry Sr., great-grandfather, Sam, and great-uncle, John, all played in the big leagues.
  • Miami Dade Community College third baseman D’Angelo Ortiz (19th round, BOS), whose father is Hall of Famer, three-time World Series Champion and 10-time All-Star David Ortiz.
  • Arizona State University outfielder Nick McLain (3rd round, CWS), whose brother, Matt, is an infielder for the Reds, and brother, Sean was a fifth-round selection by the Dodgers in the 2022 Draft and is currently in Single-A.
  • American Heritage High School outfielder Lucas Ramirez (17th round, LAA), whose father, Manny, is a 12-time All-Star and two-time World Series Champion, playing 19 Major League seasons with Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles (NL), Chicago (AL) and Tampa Bay.
  • Independence High School shortstop Wyatt Sanford (2nd round, PIT), whose father, Chance, was drafted by the Pirates in both 1991 and 1992. He appeared in 19 career games, playing in 14 games for the Pirates in 1998 and five games with the Dodgers in 1999.
  • Dallas Baptist University right-handed pitcher Ryan Johnson (2-C round, LAA), whose brother, M.D. (Michael David), is currently a pitcher with the Marlins in Double-A, after he was chosen in the sixth round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
  • Georgia Tech right-handed pitcher Dawson Brown (16th round, AZ), whose father, Kevin, is a six-time All-Star and was a member of the 1997 World Series Champion Marlins. He posted a 211-144 record with a 3.28 ERA across 19 Major League seasons.
  • University of Texas right-handed pitcher Witt Tanner (14th round, NYM), whose father, Kevin, was the 28th overall selection in the 1994 Draft by the Blue Jays and appeared in 146 MLB games with Toronto, Detroit, San Diego and Tampa Bay.
  • University of Arizona right-handed pitcher (4-C round, SD), whose father, Tom, pitched to a 151-164 record with a 3.73 ERA across 16 MLB seasons with Milwaukee, Cleveland, Toronto, Los Angeles (NL) and Oakland.
  • Cal Baptist University right-handed pitcher Connor McGuire (17th round, CLE), whose father, Ryan, played 368 MLB games as an outfielder/first baseman, mostly for the 1997-99 Expos. His mother, Kristy, was a competitive swimmer who won a silver medal in the Women’s 100 meter backstroke at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina.
  • University of Miami right-handed pitcher Brian Walters Jr. (19th round, SEA), whose brother, Andrew, was the 62nd overall pick in last year’s Draft by Cleveland and is currently in Triple-A, ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the Guardians’ system per MLB Pipeline.
  • University of Oregon catcher Bennett Thompson (13th round, CLE), whose uncle, Justin, was a three-time All-Star first baseman who played for the Tigers, Angels, Pirates and Expos.
  • George Mason University left-handed pitcher Konnor Eaton (6th round, COL), whose cousin, Nate, was selected in the 21st round of the 2019 Draft by Kansas City and is currently on Triple-A Omaha.
  • University of Arizona right-handed pitcher Anthony Susac (8th round, TEX), whose cousins, Daniel and Andrew, have both played professional Baseball. Daniel was selected 19th overall by the Athletics in the 2022 Draft and is currently ranked as the club’s fifth-best prospect per MLB Pipeline.
  • The Pennington School right-handed pitcher Bryce Meccage (2nd round, MIL), whose uncle, Justin, is currently the Pirates bullpen coach and has served on Pittsburgh’s coaching staff since 2018. Bryce’s father, Jeremy, is a coach at Princeton and was drafted twice by the Dodgers.
  • University of Tennessee third baseman Billy Amick (2nd round, BOS), whose father, Lyndon, was a NASCAR driver from 1996-2003, primarily competing in NASCAR’s second-tier circuit which was then known as the Busch Series
  • Northville High School Dante Nori (27th overall, PHI), whose father, Micah, is currently an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves and grandfather, Fred, spent time as an assistant coach at Indiana University, where he helped recruit and coach Kyle Schwarber.
  • University of South Alabama outfielder Joseph Sullivan (7th round, HOU), whose grandfather, Pat, winning the 1971 Heisman Trophy, marking the first Heisman Trophy won by an Auburn player. Sullivan was selected in the second round of the 1972 NFL Draft and played in 30 games for the Atlanta Falcons from 1972-75. He later served as the head coach of TCU (1992-97) and Samford University (2007-2014).
  • Harvard University right-handed pitcher Sean Matson (9th round, CLE), whose sister, Erin, played field hockey at the University of North Carolina, winning four national championships. She took over as the program’s head coach in January 2023 immediately upon graduating, when she was still 22 years old. The Tar Heels went on to win the national title last fall, and she’s believed to be the second-youngest head coach to win an NCAA Division I title.
  • University of Oregon right-handed pitcher Brock Moore (7th round, SEA), whose cousin, Evan, played football and basketball at Stanford, going on to play wide receiver for for Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Mariners from 2009-2012.

Arizona Diamondbacks select 10 Players on Day 3 of Major League Baseball’s 2024 Draft

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The Arizona Diamondbacks selected 10 players on Day 3 of the 2024 Major League Baseball Draft:

Bo Walker (Round 11; No. 344)  

OF  B/T: R/R  Age: 18 (March 14, 2006)  6-3, 180  Starrs Mill High School (Fayetteville, Ga.)

  • Ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 2 outfielder (No. 8 player) in Georgia.
  • Committed to Georgia Tech.
  • Attended Starrs Mill High School in Fayetteville, Ga…won the GHSA Class 4A state baseball championship his senior year.

John West (Round 12; No. 374) Boston College bio

RHP  B/T: R/R  Age: 22 (Oct. 5, 2001)  6-8, 265  Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

  • As a senior, went 1-4 with a 5.42 ERA (47 ER in 78.0 IP) and 66 strikeouts in 14 starts with Boston College.
  • In 4 seasons (2021-2024) with the Eagles, was 8-8 with 2 saves, a 6.06 ERA (127 ER in 188.2 IP) and 179 strikeouts in 60 games (28 starts).   
  • Named to the inaugural Lou Gehrig Community Impact Team, including being voted Community Impact Team Captain, in 2024, which honors 9 collegiate baseball players for community service and philanthropy, contributions to the success of their respective teams, and embodying the spirit and character of the fabled Gehrig.
  • Attended Shrewsbury High School in Shrewsbury, Mass…helped pitch his team to the 2019 district championship and state title game appearance.

Kyle Ayers (Round 13; No. 404) Texas Christian University bio

RHP  B/T: L/R  Age: 21 (March 3, 2003)  6-1, 190  Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas)

  • In 10 games with Texas Christian University in 2024, went 1-0 with a 6.59 ERA (10 ER in 13.2 IP) and 17 strikeouts.
  • As a sophomore at the University of Houston in 2023, went 4-1 with a 5.74 ERA (30 ER in 47.0 IP) and 53 strikeouts in 22 games (3 starts).
  • Spent his freshman season in 2022 at Los Angeles Valley Community College, going 4-3 with a 3.95 ERA (25 ER in 57.0 IP) and 83 strikeouts in 15 starts.
  • Out of high school, ranked by Perfect Game as the No.17 right-handed pitcher in California.
  • Attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Braden Quinn (Round 14; No. 434) Connecticut bio

LHP  B/T: L/L  Age: 21 (June 24, 2003)  6-4, 228  University of Connecticut (Storrs, Conn.)

  • As a junior, went 2-3 with 4 saves, a 3.63 ERA (18 ER in 44.2 IP) and 67 strikeouts in 29 games with UConn.
  • In 3 seasons with the Huskies (2022-24), went 3-4 with 5 saves, a 5.45 ERA (41 ER in 67.2 IP) and 88 strikeouts over 54 games (2 starts).
  • Pitched for Orleans in the Cape Cod Baseball League in summer of 2024, his fourth summer playing in collegiate leagues.
  • Attended New Fairfield High School in New Fairfield, Conn.

Rocco Reid (Round 15; No. 464) Clemson bio

LHP  B/T: R/L  Age: 21 (Oct. 16, 2002)  6-0, 200  Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.)

  • As a junior, went 2-1 with a 5.82 ERA (14 ER in 21.2 IP) and 26 strikeouts in 15 games (3 starts) with Clemson…the Tigers posted a 3-0 record in his 3 starts. 
  • In 3 seasons (2022-2024) with the Tigers, went 2-2 with a 6.31 ERA (36 ER in 51.1 IP) and 58 strikeouts over 43 appearances (5 starts).
  • Pitched for Brewster in the Cape Cod Baseball League in summer 2023 and ’24.
  • Attended Greenville High School in Greenville, S.C.
  • As a sophomore in high school, threw 2 no-hitters and would go on to finish 8-0 with a 0.42 ERA (49.2 innings) and 77 strikeouts.

Dawson Brown (Round 16; No. 494) Georgia Tech bio

RHP  B/T: R/R  Age: 23 (June 28, 2001)  6-1, 200  Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Ga.)

  • As a senior, went 2-0 with 4 saves, a 5.58 ERA (19 ER in 30.2 IP) and 45 strikeouts in 24 games with Georgia Tech.
  • In 4 seasons with Georgia Tech (2020-24), went 10-4 with 9 saves, a 7.46 ERA (102 ER in 123.0 IP) and 128 strikeouts in 78 appearances (7 starts).
  • Attended Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Ga.
  • Is the son of 19-year Major Leaguer and 6-time All-Star Kevin Brown, who is also a Georgia Tech Hall of Famer.

Drake Frize (Round 17; No. 524) University of San Diego bio

RHP  B/T: L/R  Age: 23 (July 2, 2001)  6-3, 200  University of San Diego (San Diego, Calif.)

  • In 2024, went 3-1 with 2 saves, a 2.38 ERA (6 ER in 22.2 IP) and 41 strikeouts in 18 games with University of San Diego.
  • In 4 seasons at University of San Diego (2021-24), went 4-4 with 2 saves, a 6.90 ERA (34 ER in 44.1 IP) and 65 strikeouts in 41 games (2 starts).
  • Traveled on mission trips to help the communities in Appalachia (multiple times) and Houston (after Hurricane Harvey in 2017).
  • Attended Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif.

Jackson Hotchkiss (Round 18; No. 554)

OF  B/T: R/R  Age: 18 (April 6, 2006)  6-3, 195  Battle Gound High School (Battle Ground, Wash.)

  • As a high school senior, ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 1 outfielder (No. 5 player) in Washington.
  • Committed to the University of Washington.
  • Attended Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, Wash.

Tyler Bayer (Round 19; No. 584)

RHP  B/T: S/R  Age: 18 (April 21, 2006)  6-4, 185  South Forsyth High School (Cumming, Ga.)

  • As a high school senior, ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 7 right-handed pitcher (No. 29 player) in Georgia.
  • Committed to Kennesaw State.
  • Attended South Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga.

Hunter Carns (Round 20; No. 614) MLB bio

 B/T: R/R  Age: 19 (April 6, 2005)  6-0, 180  First Coast High School (Jacksonville, Fla.)

  • Ranked as the 2024 draft’s No. 152 prospect by MLB Pipeline.
  • As a high school senior, ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 1 catcher in the nation (No. 12 player) and the No. 1 catcher in Florida (No. 2 player).
  • Committed to Florida State. 
  • Attended First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

Texas Rangers make 10 Selections on Day Three of 2024 MLB Draft

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Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today selected 10 players on the third and final day of the 2024 Major League Baseball Draft, which covers rounds 11-20. The Rangers selected a total of 20 players in this year’s draft, including 9 pitchers and 11 position players. 17 of Texas’ 20 draft picks this year came from the college ranks, including 10 of the team’s first 11 selections.

The club drafted a pair of native Texans in 18th-round selection Kadyn Leon, a right-handed pitcher from Lake Travis High School in Austin, and 20th-round pick Mac Rose, a catcher out of McLennan Community College in Waco who hails from nearby Rockwall.

Below is additional information on the club’s day-three selections:

LHP DALTON PENCE (11th round, 345th overall) – Pence, who turns 22 on August 28, went 5-1, 2.45 ERA (16 ER/58.2 IP) with 74 strikeouts and team-high 8 saves across 36 relief outings in his redshirt sophomore season at the University of North Carolina, earning Second Team All-America selections from Baseball America, College Baseball Foundation, D1 Baseball and Perfect Game. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound southpaw was awarded Third Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors after tying with teammate Matthew Matthijs for the conference lead in appearances and ranking 3rd among ACC pitchers in saves. He lettered in all four years as a pitcher and first baseman at Cherryville (N.C.) High School and was named to the 2021 NCBCA 1A All-State Team in the final year of his prep career.

C JOSH SPRINGER (12th round, 375th overall) – Springer, 18, batted .381 (40-105) with one home run, 5 doubles, and 15 RBI over 33 games during his senior season at Corona (Calif.) Senior High School, helping the Panthers to a CIF Southern Section D1 championship and earning First Team All-State honors from Prep Baseball California. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Springer was tabbed by Perfect Game as the 24th-best high school prospect in California, as well as the 3rd-best catcher in the state. Springer is committed to play collegiately at the University of Oregon.

LHP AIDAN DEAKINS (13th round, 405th overall) – The 20-year-old Deakins posted a 7-2 record, 4.62 ERA (39 ER/76.0 IP) and 113 strikeouts (13.38 SO/9) across 17 appearances/starts this spring as a sophomore at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Ill. He has spent the last two seasons at WVC after graduating from Appoquinimink High School in Middletown, Del. Deakins helped the baseball program to three state championship appearances during his prep career, including a title run as freshman in 2019. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound left-hander is currently committed to continue his collegiate playing career at Troy (Ala.) University.

C BEN HARTL (14th round, 435th overall) – The 21-year-old Hartl slashed .309/.460/.599/1.059 (47-152) with 11 home runs, 11 doubles, and 35 RBI in 45 games at the University of Kansas during his 2024 junior campaign, ranking among Jayhawks last season in home runs (2nd), OPS (2nd), slugging percentage (3rd), and total bases (5th, 91). A Springfield, Ill. native, Hartl previously attended Heartland (Ill.) Community College before transferring to Kansas following the 2023 season. The right-handed batter and thrower prepped at Springfield High School, where he hit .355 over 96 high school contests and was ranked as the 2nd-best prep catcher in Illinois by Prep Baseball report.

RHP BROOKS FOWLER (15th round, 465th overall) – Fowler, 21, compiled a 16-7 record, one save, a 4.48 ERA (90 ER/181.0 IP), and 190 strikeouts/75 walks across 50 appearances/34 starts in three seasons at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander was a 2023 ABCA/Rawlings Central All-Region First Team and All-Summit League Second Team selection as a sophomore in 2023, and went 6-5, 5.61 ERA (49 ER/78.2 IP) with a career-high 81 strikeouts in 16 starts during his junior campaign this spring. He was rated as the 9th-best recruit in Oklahoma (Perfect Game) following his senior year at Jenks High School in 2021 after capturing the 6A state title that season.

RHP ERIC LOOMIS (16th round, 495th overall) – Loomis, 22, went 1-4 with an 11.00 ERA (33 ER/27.0 IP) and 33 strikeouts (11.0 SO/9) over 30 appearances (2 starts) during his 2024 senior season at Missouri State University, ranking 2nd in the Missouri Valley Conference in appearances and 8th in program history. The right-hander fanned 78 batters in 63.0 career innings (11.1 SO/9) over three seasons of collegiate play, missing his 2023 junior campaign due to injury. The St. Louis, Mo. native earned second team all-Metro Catholic Conference honors in two consecutive years while prepping at Christian Brothers High School.

RHP JOEY DANIELSON (17th round, 525th overall) – The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Danielson was a 2024 All-Summit League First Team selection after recording a conference-best 11 saves in his senior campaign at North Dakota State University. He totaled a 1-5 record, 4.85 ERA (21 ER/39.0 IP) and 39 strikeouts over 28 relief outings this spring, his third season as a full-time pitcher after converting from catcher prior to the start of 2021. The Eden Prairie, Minn. native was rated as the 9th-best player and 2nd-best backstop in Minnesota by Prep Baseball Report following his senior year at Eden Prairie High School in 2021.

RHP KADYN LEON (18th round, 555th overall) – Leon, 18, was named to the All-Central Texas high school team and was named Lake Travis High School (Austin, Tex.) Pitcher of the Year following his senior season for Panthers. On April 23, he posted 8.0 shutout innings, allowing two hits while fanning 12 in a Lake Travis 1-0 win. As a junior, the right-hander posted a 7-2 record and 0.11 ERA with 92 strikeouts, earning first team All-District honors. Leon is committed to play collegiately at McLennan Community College.

LHP CADE OBERMUELLER (19th round, 585th overall) – Obermueller, who turns 21 on July 28, has gone 6-4, 4.19 ERA (38 ER/81.2 IP) with 109 strikeouts in 28 appearances/15 starts across two seasons at the University of Iowa (2023-24), including 4-3, 3.92 (26 ER/59.2 IP) over 13 starts as a sophomore this spring. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound left-hander was listed among the top prospects in this year’s draft class according to both Baseball America (no. 176) and MLB Pipeline (no. 214). He was also rated as the no. 1 left-handed pitcher recruit in the state of Iowa by Prep Baseball Report following his senior year at Iowa City High School in 2022. Cade’s father, Wes, pitched five seasons in the Major Leagues (2002-05, 2007) with Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Florida (now Miami).

C MAC ROSE (20th round, 615th overall) – The 20-year-old Rose batted .354/.420/.540/.960 (70-198) with seven home runs, two triples, 12 doubles, and 35 RBI in 55 games at McLennan Community College (Waco, Tex.) this season, earning second team All-Conference honors. A right-handed batter and thrower, Rose is a native of Rockwall, Tex. and attended Rockwall High School, where he batted .324 (89-275) over his prep career and was a two-time first-team All-District selection.

RANGERS SELECTIONS IN THE 2024 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT (20)

Rd.NamePos.B/THt.Wt.DOBSchoolHometown  Signing Scout
1Malcolm MooreCL/R6-221507/31/03Stanford University (CA)Sacramento, CA  Sandy
2Dylan DreilingOFL/L5-1120004/17/03University of TennesseeHays, KS  Tidick
3Casey CookOFL/R6-019510/02/02University of North CarolinaChantilly, VA  Heafner
4David HagamanRHPR/R6-421504/16/03West Virginia UniversityEgg Harbor City, NJ  Colias
5Devin Fitz-GeraldSSS/R5-1018508/17/05Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS (FL)Margate, FL  Duenas
6Garrett HornLHPL/L6-219003/23/03Liberty University (VA)Kernersville, NC  Lewis
7Rafe Perich3BS/R6-322505/22/02Lehigh University (PA)New Tripoli, PA  Lewis
8Anthony SusacRHPR/R6-321507/31/02University of ArizonaSacramento, CA  Perry
9Keith Jones IIOFL/L6-222004/29/02New Mexico State UniversityBrentwood, CA  Perry
10Jake JekielekRHPR/R6-018509/04/02Northwood University (MI)Sterling Heights, MI  Colias
11Dalton PenceLHPL/L6-221508/28/02University of North CarolinaCherryville, NC  Heafner
12Josh SpringerCR/R6-320506/12/06Corona Senior HS (CA)Corona, CA  Flores
13Aidan DeakinsLHPL/L6-318503/06/04Wabash Valley College (IL)Middletown, DE  Medici
14Ben HartlCR/R5-1121001/07/03University of KansasSpringfield, IL  Smith
15Brooks FowlerRHPR/R6-320501/29/03Oral Roberts UniversityJenks, OK  Smith
16Eric LoomisRHPR/R6-019503/27/02Missouri State UniversitySt. Louis, MO  Smith
17Joey DanielsonRHPR/R6-323501/11/01North Dakota State UniversityEden Prairie, MN  Smith
18Kadyn LeonRHPR/R6-017511/22/05Lake Travis High School (TX)Austin, TX  Vaughan
19Cade ObermuellerLHPL/L5-1116007/28/03University of IowaIowa City, IA  Smith
20Mac RoseCL/R6-020004/19/04McLennan Community College (TX)Rockwall, TX  Crook

Accel Entertainment purchases Fairmont Holdings for $35M in Stock

Accel Entertainment (NYSE: ACEL) announced the acquisition of Fairmont Holdings for $35 million in equity, adding a horse racetrack to the video gaming terminal (VGT) firm’s portfolio of assets.

Privately held Fairmont owns FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing in Collinsville, Ill. The venue has 65 live race days and 435 horse races per year. The track is nearly a century old and was rebranded as FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing in 2020. Accel is one of the largest distributed gaming operators in the US. Last year, Fairmont posted $29 million in sales and “modest earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).”

“Accel plans to invest $85 – $95 million (over and above the purchase price) to fund temporary and then permanent casino construction and modest track investments. Accel’s five-year forecast suggests an Adjusted EBITDA potential of $20 to $25 million and over 75% free cash flow conversion — pointing to a compelling cash flow return on capital,” according to a statement issued by the two companies.

Accel is a provider of video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Illinois and several other states. Accel’s VGTs are found in businesses such as restaurants, bars, taverns, convenience stores, liquor stores, truck stops, and grocery stores.

The Fairmont transaction jibes with Accel’s track record of bolt-on acquisitions that expand the buyer’s route-based capabilities. With Fairmont, the suitor accomplishes while spreading its wings into another corner of the broader gaming industry.

The Fairmont transaction jibes with Accel’s track record of bolt-on acquisitions that expand the buyer’s route-based capabilities. With Fairmont, the suitor accomplishes while spreading its wings into another corner of the broader gaming industry.

“The transaction has two parts — acquisition of Fairmount, the holder of the license and owner of the underlying site assets, for approximately $35 million of equity consideration, and $85 – $95 million of expected casino build-out and track investments funded from Accel’s credit facility,” according to the statement.

Accel is forecasting “attractive return on capital” via the transaction, which is scheduled to close in the fourth quarter.

In aggregate, Illinois is one of the largest gaming markets in the country, but in Southern Illinois/St. Louis area, there is fragmentation and many of the operators are smaller independents, indicating there’s some room for consolidation. That could be to Accel’s benefit.

“This transaction accesses a ‘local gaming’ total addressable market (TAM) estimated to be approximately $15 billion in size — or more than twice our existing route-based TAM,” according to the company. “Local gaming assets remain largely unconsolidated, under family or small business ownership, and far less often contested by larger gaming players.”

Accel did not mention if the casino would bear the FanDuel — one of the most valuable in the gaming industry — but is attached to another casino in Illinois.

Koi Nation Casino Environmental impact report released, comment period begins

The Koi Nation of Northern California, a Native American tribe that regained federal recognition in 2000 but still doesn’t have sovereign land, wants to build a tribal casino resort in Sonoma County.

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) recently published its environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the Koi’s proposed development called Shiloh Resort and Casino. The tribe is seeking to build a $600 million casino on roughly 69 acres of land it purchased in September 2021.

The property in question is located along E. Shiloh Rd. at Old Redwood Highway. The BIA continues to review the tribe’s application to have the land receive federal trust status, which would make the acreage sovereign territory and allow the Indian nation to pursue a Class III gaming compact with the state for Las Vegas-style slot machines and live dealer table games to operate within the casino.

Such tribal projects are required to undergo an EIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. The review identifies potentially significant impacts of tribal endeavors.

Chad Broussard, an environmental protection specialist with the BIA, wrote in the abstract that the Shiloh Resort and Casino poses numerous environmental threats.

Broussard concluded that the destination would create potentially significant impacts to groundwater and biological resources, public services, traffic noise and congestion, wildfire hazards, and wildlife evacuation. But those concerns could be addressed, he said. 

“All potentially significant impacts would be minimalized or avoided with recommended mitigation measures,” Broussard wrote.

The BIA is asking the public to review the Shiloh Resort and Casino EIS and submit comments to the federal agency within 45 days. The comment period is underway and runs through August 26.

The tribe is partnered with the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, one of the nation’s richest gaming tribes. While the Koi Nation would own Shiloh, the Chickasaws would manage the resort and share in its profits.

The Shiloh blueprint calls for a 538,137-square-foot indoor development with the casino occupying 114,000 square feet. The casino plan calls for 2,750 slot machines and 105 live dealer table games.

The resort would include 400 hotel rooms, a spa, five restaurants, four bars, retail shopping, and 74,185 square feet of flexible event space. The destination would offer 5,119 parking spaces.

The Koi Nation was given 140 acres of land in Lake County in 1916, but in 1956, the federal government said it had erred in designating that property as sovereign territory and took it back. Many of the Koi people moved to Sonoma County about 20 miles south.

The tribe, as mentioned, regained federal recognition in 2000 and has since fought to have its lands restored.

The Shiloh casino is opposed by several nearby tribes, including the Federal Indians of Graton Rancheria, which owns and operates the Graton Resort & Casino located less than 15 air miles south of where the Koi Nation wants to build. Shiloh is also opposed by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Windsor Town Council, and several state lawmakers representing the region.

However, the Koi Nation has the support of 18 other California tribes and state Treasurer Fiona Ma.

The federal government, however, needs to take the land into trust to allow Shiloh to move forward with at least a Class I and II gaming destination. California governors, including Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), have a long history of extending Class III gaming compacts to federally recognized tribes that possess sovereign land on the Federal Register.

Arizona Diamondbacks select 8 Players on Day 2 of the Major League Baseball’s 2024 Draft

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The Arizona Diamondbacks selected 8 players on Day 2 of the 2024 Major League Baseball Draft:

Daniel Eagen (Round 3; No. 102) MLB.com bio  Presbyterian College bio

RHP  B/T: R/R  Age: 21 (Nov. 23, 2002)  6-4, 205  Presbyterian College (Clinton, S.C.)

  • Ranked as the 2024 draft’s No. 83 prospect by MLB Pipeline.
  • As a junior, went 6-2 with a 2.67 ERA (23 ER in 77.2 IP) and 121 strikeouts in 14 starts with Presbyterian.
  • Named the 2024 Big South Pitcher of the Year.
  • In 3 seasons (2022-2024) at Presbyterian, was 7-7 with a 5.02 ERA (73 ER in 131.0 IP) and 182 strikeouts in 35 games (27 starts).   
  • In 2023, went 1-1 with a 4.39 ERA (13 ER in 26.2 IP) and 24 strikeouts in 9 games (4 starts) with Greeneville in the Appalachian League.
  • Attended Fuquay – Varina High School in Fuquay – Varina, N.C.

Tytus Cissell (Round 4; No. 132) MLB.com bio

INF  B/T: S/R  Age: 18 (April 6, 2006)  6-2, 185  Francis Howell High School (St. Charles, Mo.)

  • Ranked as the 2024 draft’s No. 234 prospect by MLB Pipeline.
  • This season, hit .342 with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 18 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.
  • Committed to Missouri.
  • Attended Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, Mo.

Connor Foley (Round 5; No. 164) MLB.com bio  Indiana University Bloomington bio

RHP  B/T: R/R  Age: 21 (July 14, 2003)  6-5, 235  Indiana University Bloomington (Bloomington, Ind.)

  • Ranked as the 2024 draft’s No. 106 prospect by MLB Pipeline.
  • As a sophomore, went 4-2 with a 4.71 ERA (33 ER in 63.0 IP) and 82 strikeouts in 14 starts with Indiana.
  • In 2 seasons (2023-2024) at Indiana, was 8-4 with 3 saves, a 4.40 ERA (45 ER in 92.0 IP) and 124 strikeouts in 34 games (14 starts).   
  • In 2023, went 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA (1 ER in 10.2 IP) and 16 strikeouts in 3 games (2 starts) with Johnson City in the Appalachian League.
  • Attended Jasper High School in Jasper, Ind…as a senior, hit .436 with 12 extra-base hits and 24 RBI, while posting a 1.55 ERA with 86 strikeouts as a pitcher.

Mason Marriott (Round 6; No. 194) Baylor bio

RHP  B/T: L/R  Age: 21 (Aug. 14, 2002)  6-0, 198  Baylor University (Waco, Texas)

  • As a junior, went 3-7 with 3 saves, a 5.94 ERA (46 ER in 69.2 IP) and 65 strikeouts in 14 starts with Baylor.
  • In 3 seasons with the Bears, went 6-17 with 5 saves, a 6.55 ERA (112 ER in 154.0 IP) and 137 strikeouts over 46 games (29 starts).
  • Attended Tomball High School in Tomball, Texas…went 13-2 with a 1.10 ERA in 70.1 innings pitched, 109 strikeouts and 32 walks.
  • Father, Mike, played for the Marlins. 

Luke Craig (Round 7; No. 224) University of North Carolina at Wilmington bio

LHP  B/T: L/L  Age: 22 (Aug. 6, 2001)  6-2, 205  University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Wilmington, N.C.)

  • As a junior, made 28 appearances for the Seahawks, going 4-1 with 7 saves and 76 strikeouts.
  • In 3 seasons (2021-2023) with UNC Wilmington, went 7-2 with 7 saves, a 4.56 ERA (50 ER in 98.2 IP) and 118 strikeouts over 61 appearances (1 start).
  • In 2021, went 2-0 with 1 save, a 6.19 ERA (11 ER in 16.0 IP) and 23 strikeouts in 13 games with Asheboro in the Coastal Plain League.
  • Attended Southern Lee High School in Sanford, N.C.

Travis Garnett (Round 8; No. 254) William & Mary bio

LHP  B/T: R/L  Age: 21 (Jan. 19, 2003)  6-6, 225  William & Mary (Williamsburg, Va.)

  • In 14 games with William & Mary, went 5-0 with a 4.61 ERA (14 ER in 27.1 IP) and 45 strikeouts.
  • Played on the 2023 Appalachian League Champion Johnson City Doughboys.
  • Made his collegiate debut on the mound in the eighth inning vs. Maine on March 10, 2023.
  • Prior to William & Mary, played 2 seasons (2021-2023) at Maryland…did not appear in a game in 2022 due to injury.
  • Attended Indian Creek School in Crownsville, Md.

Ben McLaughlin (Round 9; No. 284) University of Arkansas bio

INF  B/T: L/R  Age: 22 (May 30, 2002)  6-3, 210  University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Ark.)

  • As a senior, hit .302 with 11 doubles, 9 home runs, 42 RBI, 50 walks and 42 runs scored in 60 games with the Razorbacks.
  • In 2 seasons at Arkansas, hit .314 with 14 doubles, 1 triple, 56 RBI, 61 walks and 54 runs scored.
  • Played 2 seasons (2021-22) at Hutchinson Community College, hitting .366 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI in 50 games as a freshman and .411 with 19 home runs and 83 RBI in 60 games as a sophomore.
  • Attended Golden High School in Golden, Colo.

Trent Youngblood (Round 10; No. 314) Transylvania University bio

OF  B/T: L/R  Age: 22 (Sept. 4, 2001)  5-10, 175  Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.)

  • In 3 seasons with Transylvania University, hit .415 with 41 doubles, 10 triples, 16 home runs, 90 RBI, 49 stolen bases, 71 walks and 138 runs scored.
  • Attended Trinity High School (St. Matthews, Ky.)…as a senior, hit .450/.500/.750.

WNBA Preview: Indiana Fever (11-14) vs Dallas Wings (5-19)

After taking down one of the WNBA’s top teams earlier this week, the Indiana Fever will face a squad at the bottom of the standings when they stay on the road to play the Dallas Wings on Wednesday at Arlington, Texas.

The Fever won 81-74 at the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday by using a balanced scoring attack and finishing with a flourish. Kelsey Mitchell scored a team-best 21 points as Indiana outscored Minnesota 28-14 in the fourth quarter.

Aliyah Boston paired 17 points with 16 rebounds for the Fever, while Caitlin Clark bundled her 17 points with a team-high six assists.

Indiana improved to 5-9 on the road amid an environment that felt more like home due, in part, to the game being a relatively short drive from Clark’s home state of Iowa.

Indiana (11-14) has won eight of its last 12 games after a 3-10 start. Now comes a chance to win consecutive road games for the first time this season.

The Wings have already done so, winning two straight away from Arlington in late May to improve to 3-2.

Not much has gone right since.

The Wings (5-19) are just 2-17 since May 26 and are on a three-game skid following their 87-81 home setback on Saturday against the Los Angeles Sparks.

Odyssey Sims scored 23 points in the loss, while Natasha Howard tallied 14 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Dallas led 63-61 after three quarters against Los Angeles but was outscored 26-18 in the fourth. The Wings shot 35 percent from the floor in the final period, while the Sparks shot 60 percent.

In eight games (six starts) since signing a hardship contract with Dallas on June 25, Sims has averaged 16.4 points with 5.1 assists.

WNBA Preview: Atlanta Dream (7-16) vs Minnesota Lynx (16-8)

The WNBA’s Olympic break is coming at the right time for the Atlanta Dream and Minnesota Lynx. The teams meet for a matinee in Minneapolis on Wednesday, with one team guaranteed to end a losing streak.

Atlanta (7-16) is on a seven-game skid, the longest in the league heading into the hiatus for the All-Star Game and Paris Olympics. The last two losses were by double digits.

The catalysts for the Dream’s downfall are injuries to All-Star Rhyne Howard and two-time WNBA champion Jordin Canada. Howard’s ankle injury on June 19 put the third-year star out indefinitely. Canada suffered a broken finger on June 30, putting her out until after the break.

In their absence, the Dream signed a pair of young free agent guards, with Maya Caldwell standing out despite the team’s slump. In her fifth straight start on Sunday, Caldwell led the Dream with a career high 19 points in a loss to the Seattle Storm.

Minnesota (16-8) is on a smaller skid of two games and also is dealing with a key injury. Lynx star Napheesa Collier’s absence is evident. Both losses saw their opponents outscore the Lynx in the paint, a place where Collier shines offensively and defensively.

Minnesota’s offense is struggling. In the last two games, the Lynx shot a season-low 30.6 percent against Seattle and 38.6 percent against the Indiana Fever on July 12.

Collier’s presence on the court Wednesday is a gametime decision, with the forward’s return to play from plantar fasciitis unclear. She could return against Atlanta or remain on the sidelines to prepare for the All-Star Game and Olympics.

Minnesota won both previous meetings against Atlanta this season, each time by 13 points.

CFL Week 6 Honor Roll: McManis earns Player of the Week

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Wilson and Winnipeg O-line also receive top marks

TORONTO – Wynton McManis, Ontaria Wilson and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ offensive line are at the head of the class for Week 6 in the Canadian Football League (CFL) Honour Roll powered by Pro Football Focus (PFF).

PFF utilizes extensive review of game footage to provide additional context for every action on the field. Highly-trained PFF staff breakdown every game, player and play to provide over 200 unique data points, which are used to compile Player Grades – a numerical representation up-to-100 of performance at their specific position. For more information on PFF, Player Grades, the Grading Scale and more, please visit pff.com/grades.

Each week, the highest individual Player Grades on offence and defence, as well as the highest graded offensive line, will be recognized in the CFL Honour Roll. The best individual performers by Player Grade from each of ten position groups, including the newly added Returner, will form the All-Week team. Offensive and defensive players must play a minimum of 25 snaps to be eligible and special teams players must play 10. Kickers, punters and returners do not have eligibility requirements. Ties will be broken by the number of snaps played.

CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 6: OFFENCE

WR | Ontaria Wilson | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | CGY 37 – WPG 41

  • PFF Player Grade: 90.5
  • Career-highs in receptions (13), targets (16) and receiving yards (201)
  • Two 30+ yard receptions: a career-best 42-yard effort and a 30-yard catch for his first CFL touchdown
  • One second down conversion reception

CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 6: DEFENCE

LB | Wynton McManis | Toronto Argonauts | TOR 37 – MTL 18

  • PFF Player Grade: 90.6
  • 46 total defensive snaps
  • Four defensive tackles
  • First interception of the season, returned for his fourth career touchdown
  • Second Honour Roll All-week selection (Week 1)

CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 6: OFFENSIVE LINE

Winnipeg Blue Bombers | CGY 37 – WPG 41

  • PFF unit grade: 67.2
  • Top-3 performers
    • Stanley Bryant | 70.6
    • Asotui Eli | 65.7
    • Liam Dobson | 65.2

CFL HONOUR ROLL: ALL-WEEK 6
​(POS | Name | Team | Grade)

  • QB | Vernon Adams Jr. | BC | 87.4
  • RB | Ka’Deem Carey | Toronto | 82.6
  • WR | Ontaria Wilson | Winnipeg | 90.5
  • OL | Logan Ferland | Saskatchewan | 77.2
  • DL | Jordan Williams | Toronto | 83.3
  • LB | Wynton McManis | Toronto | 90.6
  • DB | Adarius Pickett | Ottawa | 86.9
  • RET | Janarion Grant | Toronto | 90.5
  • K/P | Sean Whyte | BC | 80.7
  • ST | Thiadric Hansen | Toronto | 90.6

2024 TOP GRADES (OFF/DEF)
​(Grade | Week | POS | Name | Team)

  1. 94.6 | W2 | QB | Vernon Adams Jr. | BC
  2. 94.0 | W1 | QB | Jake Maier | Calgary
  3. 93.6 | W5 | QB | Vernon Adams Jr. | BC
  4. 93.0 | W3 | QB | McLeod Bethel-Thompson | Edmonton
  5. 92.5 | W1 | DL | Jared Brinkman | Toronto
  6. 92.0 | W3 | QB | Vernon Adams Jr. | BC
  7. 91.6 | W1 | QB | Trevor Harris | Saskatchewan
  8. 90.8 | W3 | OL | Dejon Allen | Toronto
  9. 90.6 | W6 | LB | Wynton McManis | Toronto
  10. 90.5 | W3 | WR | Alexander Hollins | BC

Oakland A’s Select 10 Players to Complete 2024 First-Year Player Draft

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland A’s selected 10 players on day three of the 2024 First-Year Player Draft, the club announced today. The selections are right-handed pitcher Kyle Robinson (11th round, Texas Tech), shortstop Ali Camarillo (12th round, Texas A&M), left-handed pitcher Riley Huge (13th round, Winthrop), left-handed pitcher Ryan Magdic (14th round, Missouri), right-handed pitcher Blake Hammond (15th round, Santa Clara), right-handed pitcher Connor Spencer (16th round, Mississippi), right-handed pitcher Aidan Layton (17th round, Seton Hill), left-handed pitcher Tucker Novotny (18th round, Minnesota), shortstop Gunner Gouldsmith (19th round, Sacramento State), and left-handed pitcher Dylan Volantis (20th round, Westlake High School)

Robinson, 20, struck out 79 batters in 76.0 innings pitched this season with a 5.09 ERA in 15 outings, all starts. He began his collegiate career in the bullpen before transitioning to starting in 2022. In his collegiate career, he is 6-8 with a 5.14 ERA, 133 strikeouts, and 62 walks in 133.0 innings of work.

Camarillo, 21, hit .288 with a .816 OPS, 59 strikeouts, and 34 walks in 68 games including seven home runs and nine stolen bases. In his collegiate career, he hit .312 with a .856 OPS, 15 home runs, 98 strikeouts, and 54 walks in 145 games played spanning three seasons.

Huge, 22, recorded 111 strikeouts and walked 29 batters in just 66.2 innings of work this season, recording a 5.27 ERA in 13 games pitched, all starts. For his collegiate career, he is 6-8 with a 5.72 ERA, 149 strikeouts, and 50 walks in 100.2 innings of work.

Magdic, 24, began his career as a first baseman before transitioning to the mound this season with Missouri. As a pitcher, he finished with 37 strikeouts and 11 walks in 35.0 innings pitched with a 4.63 ERA in 14 outings, four of which were starts.

Hammond, 21, went 3-4 with a 3.76 ERA, 83 strikeouts, and 28 walks in 69.1 innings pitched this season spanning 16 appearances, five of which were starts. For his collegiate career, he is 9-7 with a 4.45 ERA, 180 strikeouts, and 73 walks in 149.2 innings pitched across 56 appearances, including eight starts.

Spencer, 23, transferred to Ole Miss from Southeastern Louisiana and finished the year with 28 strikeouts and just 10 walks and a 6.16 ERA in 19.0 innings pitched across 18 outings, all out of the bullpen.

Layton, 22, went 7-2 with a 3.15 ERA, 90 strikeouts, and just 20 walks in 88.2 innings pitched across 15 starts this season. For his collegiate career, he is 17-6 with a 4.17 ERA, 221 strikeouts, 61 walks, and just nine home runs allowed in 218.0 innings pitched across 51 appearances, 37 of which were starts.

Novotny, 21, recorded 62 strikeouts and 26 walks in 52.0 innings pitched this season with a 8.13 ERA in 15 appearances, 14 of which were starts. For his collegiate career, he is 7-11 with a 5.56 ERA, 156 strikeouts, 71 walks, and 18 home runs allowed in 35 outings, including 29 starts.

Gouldsmith, 22, hit .318 with a .813 OPS in 57 games this season, including 27 walks and just 31 strikeouts. The Washington State transfer finishes his collegiate career hitting .311 with a .780 OPS, seven home runs, 75 strikeouts, and 60 walks in 152 games played.

Volantis, 18, is committed to USC and threw a one-hit shutout with five strikeouts to clinch his school’s first Maramonte League Championship since 2011. He was MLB.com’s 148th-ranked draft prospect.

The A’s selected a total of 21 players in the draft, including 18 college players and three high schoolers. The breakdown features 11 pitchers, two outfielders, six infielders, and two catchers.