Eleven Mass Prospects Selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft (6/15/17)…

Let’s take a quick look at the eleven baseball players from Massachusetts who were selected in this week’s Major League Baseball Draft. In the third round with the 82nd pick the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Milton Academy’s Matt Tabor. Tabor stands 6’2″ and 160 pound and is a right-handed pitcher from Westford, Massachusetts. In the 4th round with the 111th pick the Oakland A’s selected Vanderbilt University junior Will Toffey who played his high school baseball at the Salisbury School but is from Barnstable, Massachusetts. Tofffey is a 6’2″ and 195 pound third baseman who was also a very good hockey player in high school. In the 9th round with the 257th pick the Cincinnati Reds selected Virginia Tech junior Packy Naughton who is from West Roxbury, Massachusetts and he played his high school baseball at the Boston Latin School. Naughton is a 6’1″ and 190 pound left-handed pitcher who also previously played for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod Baseball League. In the 13th round with the 379th pick the Tampa Bay Rays selected catcher Erik Ostberg from the University of Hartford who is from Florence, Massachusetts and played at Williston High School. In the 14th round with the 418th pick the Pittsburgh Pirates selected centerfielder Chris Sharpe from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell who went to Burlington High School and Bridgton Academy. In the 20th round with the 615th pick the Chicago Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Brendan King from Holy Cross and is from Brookline, Massachusetts but played his high school baseball at the Rivers School and one year at Avon Old Farms. In the 21st round with the 619th pick the Tampa Bay Rays selected right-handed pitcher Paul Campbell from Clemson and is from Malden, Massachusetts but went to high school in Connecticut at the Salisbury School. In the 22nd round the Cincinnati Reds selected first baseman Justin Bellinger from Duke University and is from Weston, Massachusetts but played his high school baseball at St. Sebastian’s. In the 22nd round with the 663rd pick the Seattle Mariners selected shortstop Johnny Adams from Boston College who was a star at Walpole High School all four years that he played there. In the 32nd round with the 955th pick the Los Angeles Angels selected first baseman David MacKinnon from the University of Hartford but is from Easton, Massachusetts and played his high school baseball at Oliver Ames. Finally, in the 34th round with the 1,012th pick the Arizona Diamondbacks selected centerfielder Dan Swain from Sienna College but played baseball for Newton North High School.

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