The 2019 Draft List

Here is the list of the 49 former Valley Leaguers who were picked in the MLB draft from Monday through Wednesday. (I must say, the time difference made this one pretty tough… staying up for Round 40 at 1 AM is never good.)

As usual, if I’ve missed anyone, please drop me a line. I am particularly vulnerable with 2019 players. I got Jackson Tate down there in the 32nd round (Waynesboro 2019), but there might be more.

Round Overall Pick Name Position College ML Team VBL Team
4 134 Kyle McCann C Georgia Tech Oakland Harrisonburg 17
6 174 Graham Ashcraft RHP Alabama-Birmingham Cincinnati Waynesboro 18
6 181 Zach Peek RHP Winthrop Los Angeles A Strasburg 17
8 242 Dominic Canzone OF Ohio State Arizona Front Royal 17
9 258 Connor Gillispie RHP VCU Baltimore Charlottesville 17
10 290 Nate Pawelczyk RHP Winthrop Chicago WS
New Market 16-17
10 307 Brandon Parker OF Miss Gulf Coast JC Atlanta New Market 18
10 311 Zac Ching SS VCU Los Angeles D Charlottesville 18
10 314 Patrick McColl 1B Harvard Oakland Charlottesville 18
11 319 Vinnie Pasquantino 1B Old Dominion Kansas City Charlottesville 17
13 384 Luke Berryhill C South Carolina Cincinnati Purcellville 18
15 461 Joe Vranesh OF St.Marys Los Angeles D Waynesboro 17
16 497 Oraj Anu OF Wallace-Dothan Boston New Market 18
17 499 AJ Franklin LHP Vanderbilt Kansas City Charlottesville 16
19 573 Tyler Yankosky RHP Millersville Washington Strasburg 17
19 584 Jared McDonald C Western Oregon Oakland Front Royal 17
19 586 Tyler Krabbe C Montevallo Houston Strasburg 18
20 593 Deacon Medders RHP Alabama San Diego Staunton 17
21 629 Bradley Hanner RHP Patrick Henry Minnesota Charlottesville 18
21 636 Reeves Martin RHP New Orleans Seattle New Market 18
22 663 Allan Berrios C Western Oklahoma St Washington Covington 17
22 677 Dominic D’Alessandro 1B George Washington Boston Charlottesville 18
24 719 Trevor Jensen 1B Tulane Minnesota Winchester 16
24 725 Will Guay RHP Concord St.Louis Pur, Win 18
25 756 Fred Villarreal RHP Houston Seattle Waynesboro 18
25 759 Keegan James RHP Mississippi State Colorado Strasburg 16
26 768 Nick Roth RHP Randolph-Macon Baltimore
Charlottesville 17-18
26 769 Jay Charleston 2B Tennessee Kansas City Staunton 17
26 783 Dupree Hart 2B Charleston Washington Charlottesville 17
27 809 Parker Phillips 1B Austin Peay Minnesota Waynesboro 17
28 831 Lorenzo Hampton OF Florida International Miami Winchester 17
28 837 Gabriel Ponce RHP Arizona Western Toronto Front Royal 18
28 849 Keven Pimentel RHP Tampa Colorado New Market 17
28 856 Bryan Arias 2B UTSA Houston
Harrisonburg 16-17
29 862 Elliott Cary OF Oklahoma City Detroit Harrisonburg 17
29 866 Brooks Crawford RHP Clemson San Francisco Charlottesville 16
29 868 LT Struble OF Felician New York M Strasburg 17
29 882 Jake Washer C East Carolina Chicago C New Market 17
29 883 Jackie Urbaez 2B St. Thomas Milwaukee Purcellville 18
30 896 Justin Crump RHP UNC Wilmington San Francisco New Market 16
31 944 Matthew Koehler OF Western Carolina Oakland Wood 15, Pur 18
31 946 Peyton Plumlee RHP Mississippi State Houston Strasburg 16
32 966 Jackson Tate OF Lawson State CC Seattle Waynesboro 19
32 972 Bryce Windham 2B Old Dominion Chicago C Charlottesville 17
34 1015 Nicolas Yoder RHP Rowan Texas Front Royal 18
34 1028 Carter Bach LHP Wake Forest Tampa Bay Harrisonburg 17
39 1161 Evan Justice LHP NC State Miami Charlottesville 18
39 1174 Daniel Ross RHP Millersville Pittsburgh Front Royal 18
39 1184 Derek (DJ) Lee OF Richmond Oakland Charlottesville 16

Charlottesville leads the way with 13 selections, New Market has 7, and Strasburg has 6. Front Royal and Waynesboro have 5, and Harrisonburg and Purcellville have 4. Winchester has 3, Staunton 2, and Covington and Woodstock each have one. (If you add up the team numbers, it comes to 51 because Matthew Koehler and Will Guay played for two different VBL teams.)

To put the total in perspective, 49 is actually quite good (which reinforces my sneaking suspicion that the talent in the league has been improving over the past few years). The total this year is the most since 49 were drafted in 2014, and more than double the low-water mark of 24 in 2016. Things are trending up!

Another number that stuck out to me is the six catchers drafted this year, the most since 10 were picked in 2011 (when 72 total players were picked).

As usual, there were players that expected to be picked, but were not. Some of those will be signed as undrafted free agents in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates on them!

AND, the Purcellville Cannons have just announced that Fordham’s Anthony Zimmerman (2018) signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds! So there’s one….

Kyle McCann Draft tweet 2019
Not sure why Kyle McCann looks so unhappy in this picture…

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