Auburn, Alabama and local MLB Draft recap

A handful of Auburn, Alabama and local baseball prospects were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft from Monday-Wednesday night.

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 9:00 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2018 11:15 PM

Auburn righty Casey Mize got the 2018 MLB Draft rolling on Wednesday night after he was selected first overall by the Detroit Tigers and in the following rounds a handful of Auburn and Alabama players and signees heard their names called as well.  


Auburn's drafted players:
Round 1, pick 1 (DET) - Casey Mize, junior RHP
Round 11, pick 335 (MIL) - Davis Daniel, redshirt sophomore RHP
Round 13, pick 382 (ATL) - Brendan Venter, redshirt junior 1B
Round 14, pick 410 (NYM) - Andrew Mitchell, redshirt senior LHP
Round 15, pick 443 (OAK) - Calvin Coker, senior RHP
Round 25, pick 747 (MIA) - Luke Jarvis, redshirt junior 2B
Round 26, pick 776 (TOR) - Brett Wright, redshirt junior C

Auburn's drafted signees:
Round 4, pick 106 (SF) - Blake Rivera, RHP
Round 20, pick 610 (BOS) - Kason Howell, OF
Round 30, pick 909 (AZ) - Devin Warner, IF
Round 30, pick 910 (BOS) - Ryan Bliss, IF
Round 38, pick 1,140 (TB) - Garrett Wade, LHP (Hartselle HS)

Alabama's drafted players:
Round 9, pick 267 (MIA) - Jake Walters, senior RHP
Round 10, pick 312 (HOU) - Chandler Taylor, junior OF
Round 18, pick 533 (OAK) - Cobie Vance, junior SS
Round 20, pick 586 (SF) - Jett Manning, junior SS
Round 30, pick 890 (NYM) - Chandler Avant, senior 2B

Alabama's drafted signees:
Round 6, pick 166 (SF) - P.J. Hilson, OF
Round 15, pick 463 (CLE) - Bryan Lavastida, INF
Round 18, Pick 531 (SD) - Dylan Smith, RHP
Round 23, pick 684 (PIT) - Tyler Miller, SS
Round 33, pick 998 (CHI) - Tyler Ras, RHP
Round 36, pick 1,071 (SD) - Will Freeman, RHP
Round 40, pick 1,206 (COR) - Brett Auerbach, C

Along with the afore mentioned Auburn and Alabama players and signees, a pair of North Alabama high schoolers were drafted on day three. 

Local players drafted:
Round 30, pick 895 (BAL) - Tyler Joyner, senior RHP (North Alabama)
Round 38, pick 1,125 (DET) - Cole Henry, RHP (Florence HS)
Round 38, pick 1,140 (TB) - Garrett Wade, LHP (Hartselle HS)

Joyner, a Native of East Brewton, Alabama, is a two-time Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Year and finished the 2018 season with an 8-5 record, posting a 3.15 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 105.2 innings of work.  

Henry, an LSU signee, was ranked the No. 137 prospect by MLB.com follwoing a 5-3 record last season, with a 1.77 ERA, 84 strikeouts and 11 walks in 51 1/3 innings of work. "Right now we're thinking I'm probably going to go ahead and go to LSU," Henry told the Times Daily on June 3rd but he has yet to publicly announce his plans since being drafted on Wednesday.


Wade, who was just named the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year, announced on Twitter that he plans on playing for Auburn rather than signing with the Rays.  He was rated the No. 100 prospect by MLB.com following a 7-2 senior campaign in which he posted a 0.90 ERA, 109 strikeouts, 20 walks and 18 hits allowed in 54 2/3 innings. 

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