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Kentucky Baseball Players Among Top Prospects

By meerna Jul12,2024
Kentucky Baseball Players Among Top Prospects

Many college and prep baseball players are hoping to have their names called as early as Sunday when the 2024 MLB Draft gets underway at 7 p.m. in Fort Worth, Texas.

The MLB Draft will conclude on Tuesday. There will be 600 picks in 20 rounds.

Here are some of the top Commonwealth players who have a chance of being selected:

University: Kentucky

Position: Outside Player

Statistics from 2024: Ryan Waldschmidt was named to the All-SEC Second Team after compiling a .333 average, 14 home runs and 25 steals.

University: Kentucky

Position: Second baseman

Statistics from 2024: Émilien Pitre was named a third-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was named to the SEC All-Defensive team. At the plate, Pitre hit .301 with 10 home runs and recorded 26 steals.

University: Louisville

Position: Outside Player

Statistics from 2024: JT Benson, who played at South Oldham High School, had the best year of his career in 2024 for the Cardinals. He led the ACC and was seventh in the nation with 34 stolen bases. He batted .302 with 13 doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBIs.

University: Louisville

Position: Outside Player

Statistics from 2024: Eddie King Jr. led the Cardinals in home runs (14) and RBIs (43) while finishing the season with a .322 batting average.

University: Western Kentucky

Position: Pitcher

Statistics from 2024: Mason Burns ranked second in the nation with 15 saves in 28 appearances, breaking the Hilltoppers’ single-season record for saves. He posted a 4.00 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 36 innings. Burns was named a third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

University: Bellarmine

Position:First Baseman

Statistics from 2024: Casey Sorg was named first team All-ASUN and led the Knights in nearly every hitting category. He hit .348 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI.

University: Kentucky

Position: Inside player

Statistics from 2024: In his first year with the Wildcats, Ryan Nicholson, who played for St. Xavier High School, led the team with 23 home runs. He had a .306 batting average and led the team with 63 RBI.

University: Kentucky

Position: Designated Player

Statistics from 2024: Nick Lopez had the highest batting average (.345) on the Wildcats and recorded 79 hits. Lopez made the All-SEC first team and was named an All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

University: Louisville

Position: Pitcher

Statistics from 2024: Evan Webster was named to the All-ACC second team and had the best ERA (4.18) and WHIP (1.34) of any Cardinals pitcher with at least five starts.

University: Louisville

Position:Pitcher

Statistics from 2024: Sebastian Gongora recorded a 6.14 ERA in 77 ⅔ innings and had 89 strikeouts.

University: Kentucky

Position:Pitcher

Statistics from 2024: Travis Smith, from Walton, was 3-4 in 37 ⅔ innings with a 6.21 ERA.

Contact sportswriter Prince James Story at [email protected] and follow him X at @PrinceJStory.

By meerna

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