Five Alabama Baseball Players Selected in 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft
A total of five Alabama baseball players from the 2018-19 roster were selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Those five joined a group of six incoming signees who were drafted across the league’s three-day event.
The five total selections in the 2019 draft increased the Crimson Tide’s all-time draft pick total to 158 since the event began in 1966. Alabama has now had at least one player selected in 41 consecutive years dating back to 1979 and 48 of the 54 MLB drafts overall. More recently, the Tide has seen 50 players selected in the last 10 years and 85 total across the last 20 drafts dating back to 2000.
Alabama’s first three picks from this year’s roster went in consecutive rounds, starting with junior pitcher Deacon Medders (San Diego Padres, 20th Round, 593 overall). The Crimson Tide then had redshirt junior Davis Vainer (Houston Astros, 21st Round, 646 overall) and junior Morgan McCullough (Los Angeles Angels, 22nd Round, 661 overall) hear their names called to end the stretch. Next to go was graduate transfer Jeremy Randolph (St. Louis Cardinals, 26th Round, 785 overall) followed by redshirt junior Brock Love (Miami Marlins, 34th Round, 1,011 overall) to close out the current roster’s 2018-19 draft list.
The Crimson Tide also saw six members of the most recent signing class selected during the three-day stretch. The signee list includes: CJ Abrams (San Diego Padres, First Round); Antoine Jean (Minnesota Twins, 17th Round); Myles Austin (Milwaukee Brewers, 20th Round); Owen Diodati (Toronto Blue Jays, 29th Round); Jackson Tate (Seattle Mariners, 32nd Round); and Connor Prielipp (Boston Red Sox, 37th Round).