Pennsylvania Players Selected in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft



By Jacob Gill
Philadelphia Region Director of Scouting

The three-day affair that is the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft played out roughly as expected this week. Seven Pennsylvania high schoolers were among 1,215 players selected over the course of 40 rounds, although most of them were likely not drafted high enough to forgo their college commitment. In addition, 19 players who cut their teeth in Pennsylvania high schools were drafted out of the college ranks (13 from NCAA Division I programs and six from NCAA Division II schools).

Selections from Pennsylvania High Schools
Name Position High School Round Pick Team Commitment
Mike Nikorak RHP Stroudsburg 1 27 Rockies Alabama
Travis Blankenhorn
3B
Pottsville Area 3 80 Twins
Kentucky
Jake McCarthy CF
Scranton
23
697
Pirates
Virginia
Brendon Little
LHP
Conestoga
36
1086
Giants
North Carolina
Griffin Morandini
CF
Garnet Valley
39
1164
Phillies
 
Chad Luensmann RHP Bellwood-Antis 39 1169 Mets Nebraska
Domenic DeRenzo C Pittsburgh Central Catholic 40 1193 Cubs Oklahoma

College Selections with Pennsylvania Roots
Name Position College High School Round Pick Team
Ian Happ OF U Cincinnati Mt. Lebanon 1 9 Cubs
Joe McCarthy RF U Virginia
Scranton
5
148
Rays
Ryan Uhl 1B
Indiana U of PA
St. Mary's Area
7
215
Mariners
Justin Pacchioli CF
Lehigh U
Nazareth Area
10
297
Padres
Jake Drossner LHP
U Maryland
Council Rock North
10
301
Brewers
Max McDowell C
U Connecticut
Norwin
13
391
Brewers
Ryan Hissey C
Col of William & Mary
Unionville
14
422
Blue Jays
Kenny Koplove RHP
Duke U
Penn Charter
17
508
Phillies
Joseph Havrilak RF
U Akron
Trinity
18
550
Tigers
John La Prise 2B
U Virginia
Devon Prep
19
572
Blue Jays
Sutton Whiting SS
U Louisville
Wilmington Area
24
713
Cubs
Saige Jenco CF
Virginia Tech
State College Area
27
801
Red Sox
Albert Baur 1B
Newberry Col
Neumann-Goretti
28
847
Pirates
Thomas Spitz CF
Wingate U
West Chester East
32
971
Cardinals
Andrew Amaro OF
U Tampa
Penn Charter
35
1044
Phillies
Rich Condeelis
RHP
U Pittsburgh
Tunkhannock Area
36
1070
Twins
Dylan Tice
2B
West Chester U
Pennridge
36
1091
Cardinals
Mike Garzillo
2B
Lehigh U
Nazareth Area
38
1143
Yankees
Jack Graham
2B
Slippery Rock U
Seneca Valley
38
1153
Orioles

 

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