The 2019 MLB Draft kicks off tonight at 4pm PT with Round 1 and continues through Wednesday.
The MLB Draft differs from the NFL and NBA drafts because the MLB Draft not only includes current Bruins but it also includes high school players who may be committed to play for UCLA next year.
When a high school player opts to head to college, they are not eligible for the draft again until after they have completed their third year in college.
That means that there are a total of 18 current Bruins who are eligible for this year’s draft including seniors Jake Pries, Jake Hirabayashi and Nathan Hadley along with juniors Michael Toglia, Chase Strumpf, Ryan Kriedler and Ryan Garcia.
The four juniors are ranked by MLB.com as UCLA’s top prospects this season. Toglia and Strumpf are ranked 40th and 41st, respectively. Garcia is ranked 98th and Kreidler is ranked 200th.
CBSSports.com expects Toglia to be selected in the second round.
Meanwhile, look for a large portion of UCLA’s 9-man recruiting class to be drafted as well. The guy likely to be selected highest is outfielder Corbin Carroll, who is ranked 15th by MLB.com. RHP Evan Fitterrer is another UCLA signee who will likely be drafted since he’s ranked 74th. Thankfully, none of the other commits are ranked in MLB.com’s Top 200.
Of course, prospects whose fathers played in the majors are also likely to be drafted. So, look for UCLA signee Jared Karros to be selected as well. Hopefully, his dad Eric has impressed upon him the value of his time in Westwood.
The First Round and the Competitive Balance Round A will be televised by MLB Network while the entire draft will be streamed on MLB.com.
Best of luck to Michael Toglia, Ryan Garcia and all the current Bruins tonight and in the coming days.
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