The MLB Draft is unlike the other NFL and NBA Drafts as many of the names called by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday night were not household names. Many of them are fresh off of their high school graduation.
The fanfare for the event is nothing like what you’re used to seeing with the large crowds that venture to New York City every April to watch the biggest names in college football get drafted.
Those that typically follow the MLB Draft closely are baseball die-hards or baseball card prospectors looking for the next big thing!
With day 1 of the MLB Draft complete and day 2 just underway, let’s take a look at the top stories coming out of the draft so far.
Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn
The Detroit tigers shocked no one in selecting Mize first overall on Monday. Mize has pitched three seasons at Auburn and finished his junior season with a 10-5 record, striking out 151 in 109 2/3 innings while only walking 12! While Mize is new to the MLB, he is not new to cardboard. He has plenty of cards to chase as a member of the 2017 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Kyler Murray, CF, Oklahoma
Murray, who is expected to replace Baker Mayfield as the quarterback of the Oklahoma football team, was selected 9th overall by the Oakland Athletics Monday evening. The surprising part isn’t that he was drafted, it’s where he was drafted. Many believed that Kyler wouldn’t commit to baseball but apparently that belief disappeared as late as Monday afternoon after MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis reported that Murray would agree to, for the right price, focus on baseball after finishing his football season with Oklahoma.
The situation is reminiscent of Josh Bell’s in 2011 when Bell sent a letter to the MLB Scouting bureau telling teams not to draft him because he intended to attend the University of Texas. The Pirates drafted him in the second round anyway and were able to sway Josh enough to get him to forgo his Texas commitment and sign him to a baseball contract.
It will be tough to track down a Kyler Murray officially licensed trading card. As it stands, the two pictured are the only options available and they are from the 2014 Under Armour All-America Baseball and Football games, respectively.
Brady Singer, RHP, Florida
In an unexpected turn of events, Singer, who was ranked as the #2 prospect in MLB Pipeline’s Top 200 Prospects List, did not hear his name called until the Kansas City Royals selected him 18th overall. Most mock drafts had Singer projected as a Top 5 pick coming off his 11-1 junior season at Florida where he recorded 98 strikeouts in 95 innings and had an ERA of 2.27. We can only wonder what led to Brady’s slide in the draft and if he’s able to prove teams wrong once he arrives in the minors.
Brady, like Kyler Murray, has limited cardboard options to collect as his only inclusion is in the 2014 Leaf Perfect Game release. You can also grab a colored autograph parallel in these sets, too. Good luck though. The production on these cards was very limited!
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