MLB DRAFT | McKay, Adell, and White all chosen in the First Round

06/12/2017 08:22 PM

In a surprise to some, Louisville baseball superstar Brendan McKay was chosen by Tampa Bay as the 4th overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft. Many analysts speculated that McKay might be chosen by Minnesota as the #1 overall pick. The Twins instead opted for shortstop Royce Lewis. McKay was drafted as a first baseman by the Rays, even though he is a two-way player, also excelling as a pitcher.

Update 8:35pm: With the 10th overall pick, the Los Angeles Angels have selected Ballard High School standout Jordon Adell. Adell is seen as a bit of a risk because of his inconsistent batting, but his physical prowess makes him a prospect with a strong upside. Chosen as an outfielder, analysts say that Adell’s speed makes him a great choice for center field.

Update 9:05pm: The Seattle Mariners select UK first baseman Evan White as the 17th pick in the first round. White is a second-team All America player who is known for his stellar defensive play, but also for his solid hitting. Having just completed his junior season, White hit more home runs this year than his first two seasons combined. He finished the season ranked 3rd in the SEC in batting average.

Update 11:00pm: The Arizona Diamondbacks select Louisville third baseman Drew Ellis with the 44th overall pick, or 8th pick of the second round.

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