The 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft concluded after 40 rounds and over 1,200 selections on Wednesday afternoon. Forty-one Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) alumni were taken in this year’s draft, adding to the growing number of former PGCBLers in the professional ranks.
The Amsterdam Mohawks led all PGCBL teams with 11 former players taken in the draft, in addition to one 2017 signee in Max Roberts (Wabash Valley). Six former Elmira Pioneers who chosen, as were five Albany Dutchmen alumni. Jamestown also had five selections, including current Jammer Christian Young (Niagara County C.C.), who was drafted for the second consecutive year.
Among the programs with the most success in the 2017 Draft was the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats finished one shy of a program record with eight selections, five which played in the PGCBL during their collegiate careers.
Wildcat second baseman Riley Mahan, a 2015 Amsterdam Mohawk, was the first alum taken off of the board, as he was picked 89th overall in the third round by the Miami Marlins. Mahan batted .303 with 47 hits, 38 runs, 21 RBIs and 14 stolen bases for the Mohawks and was named to the 2015 PGCBL All-Star Game. Mahan’s teammate in Kentucky and Amsterdam, Zach Logue, was chosen by Toronto in the ninth round. The PGCBL’s Co-Pitcher of the Year, Logue went 7-0 with a 2.29 ERA and 50 strikeouts during the summer of 2015. A 2014 Mohawk, Connor Heady, was also selected out of Kentucky by the Dodgers in the 23rd round.
The other two Wildcat draftees who played in the PGCBL both pitched at historic Dunn Field for the Elmira Pioneers. Logan Salow, a 2014 Pioneer, was taken in the sixth round by Oakland. 2015 Elmira hurler Justin Lewis was picked up by Tampa Bay in the 11th round.
University of Virginia standout Ernie Clement was the second PGCBL alum chosen in this year’s draft, going in the fourth round (No. 132 overall) to the Cleveland Indians. The Rochester, N.Y., native played for the Albany Dutchmen following the conclusion of his prep career in 2014 and batted .322 in 19 games.
Of the 23 MLB clubs who drafted a PGCBL player, the Marlins took three alumni and the Pittsburgh Pirates led the pack with four. In addition to Mahan, Miami also called Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs J.D. Osborne (Tampa) and Andrew Turner (LIU Brooklyn). Osborne, a 22nd round selection, and Turner, who was chosen in the 40th round, both played for Mohawk Valley during its 2015 PGBCL Championship season.
The Pirates selected 2016 Newark Pilot Chris Sharpe (UMass Lowell) in the 14th round, 2015-16 Albany Dutchman Gavin Wallace (Fairfield) in the 15th round, 2013 Utica Brewer Ryan Valdes (South Florida) and 2015 Geneva Red Wing Drew Fischer (Amherst) in the 35th round.
To view the entire list of PGCBL alumni who were chosen in the 2017 MLB Draft, click here.
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