June 15 - A day after C.D. Hylton graduate Alec Bettinger was taken in the 10th round on Day Two of the Major League Baseball Draft, 11 more Northern Virginia natives were taken on the draft's final day yesterday afternoon.
The late-round run on local players in the brings the final tally to 14, a number which includes first-round pick J.B. Bukauskas (Stone Bridge) and Tommy Doyle (Flint Hill), who was drafted in the competitive balance second round. Both were selected on the first day of the draft on Monday.
Bukauskas and Doyle were featured in the magazine's story on Tuesday.
The fifth player selected from the University of Virginia, Bettinger was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers and becomes the second former Hylton pitcher selected in as many years. Andre Scrubb was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth round last year. The junior right-hander was 8-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 21 relief appearances this year for the Cavaliers, which advanced to the NCAA Regionals.
Yesterday, University of Pennsylvania junior right-hander Billy Lescher (West Potomac) was the first area player off the board, going in the 17th round (515th overall) to the Detroit Tigers. One of four Quakers pitchers to be selected, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Lescher is the second former Wolverine pitcher selected in consecutive years, following 12th round pick Jamie Sara last spring.
"The pitchers drafted today are very deserving, talented kids," Penn pitching coach Josh Schwartz said in a release by the school. "[Jake] Nelson and Lescher have a lot of power and are big, physical right-handers.”
Marshall University junior third baseman Tyler Ratliff (T.C. Williams) was the next area player taken, going in the 17th round (524th overall) to the Texas Rangers. “Tyler is one of the best positional players that we’ve had in the program,” Marshall coach Jeff Waggoner said in a school release. “He has helped elevate the program to new heights. I’m so excited for him to have the opportunity to play professionally or to return for his senior season.”
Three were chosen over the following two rounds - with Rochester junior right-hander John Ghyzel (Westfield) going in the 18th round (527th) to Cincinnati, UNC-Wilmington junior catcher/first baseman Nick Feight (Battlefield) going in the 19th round (558th) to San Diego and George Washington outfielder Joey Bartosic (Oakton) chosen eight picks later (566th) by Colorado.
Harford Community College sophomore right-hander Will Reed (Loudoun Valley) was taken in the 20th round (598th) by Pittsburgh after a dominant season with the Owls, who have recruited a number of Northern Virginia players to the Baltimore-area school in recent years. Oklahoma junior right-hander Devon Perez (Stone Bridge), who pitched one season with the Sooners after playing at Iowa Western Community College for two years, was taken in the 21st round (625th) by the Los Angeles Angels.
Wrapping the area players selected yesterday were four more former Prince William County standouts: UNC-Wilmington junior second baseman Brian Mims (Forest Park) went in the 22nd round (653rd) to Philadelphia; James Madison redshirt senior right-hander Brandon Withers (Osbourn) went in the 31st round (921st) to Oakland; William & Mary senior right-hander Nick Brown (Patriot) went in the 32nd round (946th) to Minnesota; and Virginia Commonwealth outfielder Logan Farrar (Woodbridge) went in the 36th round (1,071st) to Oakland.
Collegiate juniors have the option to sign with the organization that drafts them, or to return to school for their senior year.
Northern Virginia’s 2017 MLB Draft class:
Photos of Virginia’s Alec Bettinger, Penn’s Billy Lescher and Marshall’s Tyler Ratliff courtesy of respective athletics departments
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