Category Archives: 2019

Seattle Mariners 2020 MLB Draft, 4th Round, 107th overall pick: Tyler Keenan 3B-Ole Miss

Keenan may not have gotten the recognition he earned for his other-worldly start to the 2020 campaign. The Collegiate Baseball All-American was second nationally with 33 runs batted in during the first portion of the season. The former Rebel finished the season on an 11-game hitting streak. Keenan has always been known for his power and ability to make contact. In 2019, he led the Rebels in home runs (15) and RBI (66). The Cleveland HS (N.C.) product finished second in the 2019 Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans College HR Derby.

New York Yankees 2019 2nd Round pick, 67th overall (VIDEO): Josh Smith SS-LSU

Smith -a former 2016 38th-round pick by the Detroit Tigers- lost most of his 2018 campaign due to a stress fracture.  He came back in 2019 to lead LSU in stolen bases (20) and on-base percentage (.436%). Along the way, the Yankees 2019 second-round pick posted a .952 fielding percentage and .346 batting average (through 63 games). The team’s starting shortstop was a significant contributor at third base for the Tigers’ 2017 College World series squad.

Miami Marlins 2019 1st Round pick, 4th overall (VIDEO): JJ Bleday OF-Vanderbilt

The Miami Marlins selected the 2019 SEC Player of the Year JJ Bleday with the fourth overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft.  Bleday currently leads the nation with 26 home runs in 2019 and sports a .327 career batting average through three seasons.  The former San Diego Padres 39th round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft was a three-sport athlete at the prep level in golf, swimming and baseball.  He projects as a corner outfielder in the Marlins organization. 

Atlanta Braves 2019 1st Round pick, 21st overall (Video): Braden Shewmake SS-Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s Braden Shewmake has been a model of consistency during his three-year run in the SEC.  The conference and National Freshman of the Year in 2017 batted .335 with 11 home runs and 68 RBI during that season alone. The former all-district quarterback at Wylie East High School (Tex.) was a three-sport standout (baseball, basketball, football) at the prep level.  The 6’4, 190-pounder was selected 21st overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 2019 MLB Draft and will be expected to develop into the same steady player he proved to be at the SEC level.

Houston Astros 2019 2nd Round pick, 68th overall (VIDEO): Grae Kessinger SS-Ole Miss

Ole Miss’ Grae Kessinger’s grandfather, Don, was a two-time Gold Glove winner for the Chicago Cubs and once served as the Rebels head coach (1991-96). His father, Kevin, also played baseball at Ole Miss. The Astros second-round draft pick and Rebels team MVP was named a finalist for the 2019 Brooks Wallace Award, given annually to the top shortstop in college baseball. Through early June, Kessinger had committed just eight errors.