LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Jackson Holiday and Drew Jones, the sons of former major league All-Stars Matt and Andrew, were taken by Baltimore and Arizona with the first two picks in baseball’s amateur draft on Sunday night.
Holiday, whose father is a former batting champion Matt Holiday, was previously picked by Baltimore over Jones in some surprise.
Texas used a third pick on Kumar Rocker, a massive right-hander who failed to sign with the New York Mets after being selected 10th overall last year. Rocker will be reunited with fellow Rangers minor league pitcher Jack Leiter on Vanderbilt’s first NCAA Baseball Championship team in 2019. Texas picked the liter with the No. 2 pick last year.
Holiday, a left-hander from Stillwater High in Oklahoma, is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds. He scored .685 hits with 89 hits in 41 games and broke a national record for hits in the high school season that was held by JT Realmuto.
His father was a seven-time All-Star and 2007 NL Batting Champion. Matt was taken by Colorado in the seventh round in 2007 with the 210th overall pick.
Jackson has said that he plans to attend Oklahoma State, but he is now headed to Pro Ball. The slot value assigned to the first pick is just shy of $9 million.
Jones is a 6-foot-3 18-year-old from Wesleyan High in Peachtree Corner, Georgia. He hit .570 this year with 13 homers, 39 RBIs, 72 runs, 33 walks and 32 steals. He also went 10–1 as a pitcher, although he was introduced as an outfielder.
His father, a five-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner, was born in Curaçao and signed with Atlanta as an international free agent.
The 22-year-old rocker from Georgia failed to sign last year after the Mets became physically concerned. He underwent shoulder surgery last September and offered as a showcase ahead of the draft for the independent league Tri-City Valleycats this year.
Baltimore has five of the top 81 picks as the big league team is turning a corner. Just 3 1/2 games behind a wild-card berth, the Orioles recovered from an 8-16 start to enter the All-Star break at 46-46.
Unlike other sports, it takes time for the draft baseball to reach the majors. Catcher Adley Ratschmann, taken by the Orioles with the top overall pick three years ago, made his debut on May 21 and is hitting .222 with five homers and 16 RBIs.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Chase Silseth was the first of last year’s selections to reach the majors. In the 11th round and in the 321st round overall, he made his debut this May 13.
The first pick is given a slot price of $8,846,900, followed by the second for $8,189,400, the third for $7,591,600, the fourth for $7,005,800 and the fifth for $6,497,700. Pick 30 and 807,200 number 80 dropped the price to $2,486,800.
Baltimore has the highest signing bonus pool at $16.9 million, followed by Arizona at $15.1 million and the Mets at $14 million. The Dodgers have the least amount of $4.2 million.
The first 80 picks were scheduled for Sunday, when the draft was first held outside at LA Live, its second year taking place in conjunction with the All-Star Game. The draft will resume with the start of the third round on Monday and a total of 616 players are to be selected.
Exceeding the luxury tax limit saw the Los Angeles Dodgers drop 10 places to 40th, and the Mets received an additional first-round pick (No. 11) for failing to sign pitcher Kumar Rocker, Which was the 10th overall selection last year.
Colorado received an additional pick (No. 31) for Trevor Storey’s loss to Boston as a free agent and for Cincinnati’s (No. 32) loss to Nick Castellanos’s Philadelphia. The Red Sox and Phillies forfeited $500,000 each from their second-round picks and their international signing bonus pool.
Residents of the US – including Puerto Rico – and Canada are eligible for the draft if their high school class is graduated and the player will be at least 17 years old within 45 days of the end of the draft. In addition, a player enrolled in a four-year college is not eligible until the end of his junior year.
MLB hopes to start an international draft, and a March lockout agreement with the players’ union has set a July 25 deadline for reaching an agreement or keeping direct draft-pick compensation for the loss of qualified free agents. has been determined.
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