Ohio Players Selected in the MLB Draft

By Chris Valentine
PBR Ohio Scouting Director

In total, 26 players with Ohio roots were selected in the 2014 MLB draft. vancena

Indiana catcher and Middletown native Kyle Schwarber stole the early headlines as the Chicago Cubs called his name with the fourth pick in the first round. 

With the first round concluding, CHCA 2014 RHP Cameron Varga was selected by the Tampa Rays in the second round with the 60th overall selection.

During rounds 3 through 25, 15 collegiate players with Ohio roots were selected. The list was highlighted by Austin Cousino, an University of Kentucky centerfielder and Dublin Coffman graduate, who was selected in the third round with the 80th overall selection. 

That list of 15 players also included two 2012 high school graduates who have since gone on to play JUCO baseball. RHP Erik Swanson, who is committed to Pitt after playing at Iowa Western CC and Mariemont HS, was selected in the 8th round with the 246th overall pick by the Texas Rangers. Additionally, catcher Casey Schroeder, an Ottawa-Glandorf grad who played at Kentucky before transferring to Polk State CC in Florida, heard his named called in the 14th round by the Oakland Athletics.

Rounds 26 through 40 were highlighted by six high school selections from across the state with three of those players having participated in the Super 60 this past February.

Most notably, Lake RHP Jayce Vancena, a Michigan recruit, was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 26th round with the 786th overall selection. The big-right handed pitcher became the hottest name in Ohio this spring with a string of impressive performances and continued development on the mound.

Anderson RHP/1B Zack Shannon, who originally committed to Ohio State and has since committed to Chipola CC in Florida, was not selected.

1 4 Schwarber, Kyle Indiana (IN) C L/R JR
2 60 Varga, Cameron CHCA RHP R/R HS
3 80 Cousino, Austin Kentucky (KY) CF L/L JR
6 181 Scott, Tanner Howard College (TX) LHP R/L J2
6 190 Kivett, Ross Kansas State (KS) CF R/R SR
8 246 Swanson, Erik Iowa Western CC (IA) RHP R/R J2
9 258 Clark, Brian Kent State (OH) LHP R/L JR
10 305 Varner, Seth Miami University (OH) LHP L/L SR
12 348 Walsh, Connor Cincinnati (OH) RHP L/R SO
14 432 Schroeder, Casey Polk State College (FL) C R/R J2
15 461 Dorsch, Eric Kent State (OH) RHP R/R SR
16 489 Ahart, Devan Akron (OH) CF L/R JR
18 534 Isaacs, Dusty Georgia Tech (GA) RHP R/R SR
20 603 Pollock, Kyle Evansville (IN) C R/R JR
22 652 Powers, Ryan Miami University (OH) RHP R/R JR
25 741 Nittoli, Vinny Xavier (OH) RHP R/R 5S
25 744 Winemiller, Rob Case Western Reserve  RHP R/R JR
26 786 Vancena, Jayce Lake HS (OH) RHP R/R HS
28 829 Niggemeyer, Jacob Olentangy Liberty HS (OH) RHP R/R HS
29 857 Greve, Greg Ohio State (OH) RHP R/R SR
30 901 Burke, Mike University of Buffalo (NY) RHP R/R SR
31 936 Fasola, John Kent State (OH) RHP R/R SR
33 998 Dolan, Peter Gilmour Academy (OH) 3B R/R HS
34 1028 Calloway, Cody Midview HS (OH) 3B R/R HS
38 1149 Ferguson, Caleb West Jefferson HS (OH) LHP R/L HS
40 1198 Mahan, Riles Moeller HS (OH) SS L/R HS