Prep Baseball Report

2018 Draft Recap: Georgia

Jacob Gill
Director of Baseball Operations

The 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft concluded Wednesday with 28 Georgia preps and three baker's dozens worth of college players who hail from the state hearing their names called. Below is a listing of each, with some brief analysis.

Selections from Georgia High Schools
Name Position High School Round Pick Team Commitment
Anthony Seigler C Cartersville 1 23 Yankees Florida
Ethan Hankins RHP Forsyth Central 1C 35 Indians Vanderbilt
Parker Meadows OF Grayson 2 44 Tigers Clemson
Will Banfield C Brookwood Comp B 69 Marlins Vanderbilt
Taj Bradley RHP Redan 5 150 Rays South Carolina
Logan Simmons SS Tattnall Square Academy 6 167 Phillies Georgia Tech
Lawrence Butler OF Westlake 6 173 Athletics West Virginia
Cabera Weaver OF South Gwinnett 7 198 White Sox Georgia
Reese Olson RHP North Hall 13 395 Brewers Georgia Tech
Christopher Williams LHP River Ridge 15 439 Reds Florida International
Jonathan Edwards RHP Eagle's Landing 16 479  Rangers Georgia Southern 
Chase Chaney SS Mountain View 16 481 Angels Columbus State
Kelvin Smith 3B Redan 20 585 Tigers Missouri
Caleb Ramsey CF Heritage (Conyers) 25 760 Red Sox Butler
Luke Bartnicki LHP Walton 29 879 Diamondbacks Georgia Tech
Devin Warner 3B Cartersville 30 909 Diamondbacks Auburn
Ryan Bliss SS Troup County 30 910 Red Sox Auburn
Jack Haney C Cedartown 33 1001 Nationals Chipola
Davis Sharpe 3B Mill Creek 34 1014 Pirates Clemson
Justin Wrobleski LHP Sequoyah 36 1078 Mariners Clemson
Lavoisier Fisher CF North Gwinnett 37 1104 Pirates -
David Hollie OF Cross Creek 37 1112 Royals Georgia Southern
Cole Wilcox RHP Heritage (Catoosa) 37 1121 Nationals Georgia
Matthew Klug OF Brookwood 38 1128 White Sox -
Kumar Rocker RHP North Oconee 38 1146 Rockies Vanderbilt
Micky Mangan C Pinecrest Academy 40 1192 Braves -
Lyndon Weaver CF Redan 40 1193 Athletics Eastern Kentucky
Michael Menhart RHP Richmond Hill 40 1211 Nationals -


All eight of the Georgia high schoolers who were on the final 2018 PBR Draft Board were selected, six in the top seven rounds with the other two sliding to the back of the draft, presumably due to signability concerns. Per PBR National Supervisor Nathan Rode, more than 98% of players selected in the top ten rounds from 2012-2017 signed, so it's unlikely that any of the first eight players above make it to campus. Bonus pool limitations outside of the top ten rounds make it more difficult to pry high schoolers out of their college commitments, but it would not be shocking to see a few day three selections choose to begin their pro career immediately.

Other notes:

  • Redan led the way with three players selected, while Cartersville and Brookwood had two apiece.
  • Ten players selected are committed to SEC schools, six to ACC schools, two to the Sun Belt and one each to the Big 12, Big East, Conference USA, and Ohio Valley. There was also one Division II commit and one junior college signee selected.
  • The Nationals selected three Georgia preps, while the Tigers, Athletics, White Sox, Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Pirates took two each.
College Selections with Georgia Roots
Name Position College High School Round Pick Team
Joey Bart C Georgia Tech Buford 1 2 Giants
Seth Beer OF Clemson Lambert 2 28 Astros
Nick Sandlin RHP Southern Mississippi Greenbrier 2 67 Indians
Ryley Gilliam RHP Clemson Kennesaw Mountain 5 140 Mets
Austin Cox LHP Mercer First Presbyterian Day 5 152 Royals
Kevin Smith LHP Georgia Dunwoody 7 200 Mets
Nick Bush LHP Louisiana State Lee County 8 246 Rockies
Chase Cohen RHP Georgia Southern Alpharetta 9 263 Athletics
Keegan McGovern CF Georgia Coffee 9 268 Mariners
Brian Eichhorn RHP Georgia Southern Richmond Hill 9 283 Indians
A.J. Moore RHP Kennesaw State Mountain View 10 289 Reds
Grant Williams 2B Kennesaw State St. Pius X 10 310 Red Sox
Robert Broom RHP Mercer Gordon Lee 10 313 Indians
Nick Gatewood C Georgia State Peachtree Ridge 11 321 Padres
Jake Higginbotham LHP Clemson Buford 11 322 Braves
Cody Roberts RHP North Carolina Blessed Trinity 11 325 Orioles
Justin Lewis RHP Kentucky Greater Atlanta Christian 12 369 Diamondbacks
Cooper Criswell RHP North Carolina Carrollton 13 391 Angels
Michael Curry C Georgia Gainesville 16 471 Padres
Noah Bryant RHP Georgia Highlands Bainbridge 17 512 Royals
Jake Palomaki 2B Boston College Mount Paran Christian 18 540 Rays
Justin Evans RHP Columbus State Allatoona 19 567 Marlins
Datren Bray CF Gordon State Chapel Hill 19 571 Angels
Blakely Brown RHP Georgia Southern Statesboro 24 727 Yankees
Blake Whitney RHP USC Upstate Northgate 24 728 Cubs
Al Jones OF Vanderbilt Columbus 25 743 Athletics
Chris Vann LHP Mercer Parkview 25 761 Nationals
Logan Mattix CF Georgia College Loganville 25 762 Astros
Brandt Stallings 1B Georgia College Buford 28 829 Reds
C.J. Carter RHP Troy Arabia Mountain 29 867 Marlins
Mitch Stallings LHP Duke The Lovett School 30 892 Braves
Drew Wharton OF Clemson Peachtree Ridge 30 908 Cubs
Mitchell Miller LHP Clemson Loganville 31 931 Angels
Ty Cohen RHP Florida Tech Etowah 31 933 Cardinals
Trey Harris 2B Missouri McEachern 32 952 Braves
Brandon Purcell C Georgia College Tattnall County 32 963 Cardinals
Beau Brundage OF Portland Mill Creek 33 990 Rays
Wade Bailey 2B Georgia Tech Villa Rica 33 991 Angels
Duke Kinamon 2B Stanford McIntosh 34 1010 Mets


Among the cohort drafted out of college:

  • 17 position players and 22 pitchers who played college baseball in 13 different states
  • 32 from NCAA Division I, 5 from NCAA Division II, and 2 from NJCAA
  • Clemson led the way five Peach State draftees, while Georgia, Georgia College, Georgia Southern and Mercer had three each.