It was a reset year for Kentucky baseball and was that no more evident than during the MLB Draft. After having a school record 13 selections in the 2018 draft, only three players came off the board in 2019. UK ace Zack Thompson heard his name called by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round, but 32 rounds would pass before the next Wildcat heard his name called.
Congrats to @Carson_Coleman on being selected by the @RaysBaseball in the 33rd round of the #MLBDraft! The Lexington native led the team with five saves this season! #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/dsgCOOSusl
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 5, 2019
In Round 33, the Tampa Bay Rays owned the 998th pick and they selected relief pitcher Carson Coleman. The Lexington Catholic alum record five saves in 23 appearances this season with a 5.14 earned run average. The right-hander collected 36 strikeouts this year and only give up 3 dingers.
With the 1,018th pick in the 2019 #MLBDraft the New York Mets select OF Ryan Shinn from Kentucky. He had 13 home runs and a .563 SLG % in his senior season.
— Joe DeMayo (@PSLToFlushing) June 5, 2019
In the next round, the New York Mets took outfielder Ryan Shinn with pick No. 1,018. Shinn was arguably Kentucky’s best player not named Zack Thompson this season. The senior from New Jersey batted .286 with 17 doubles and 13 home runs. Despite a high strikeout total, he had a respectable on-base percentage and could provide a timely stolen base. He will be missed in UK’s lineup next season.
Nick Mingione has now finished three full seasons in Lexington and it’s clear many are ready for the Wildcats to find their way back into the NCAA Tournament. After opening the beautiful new Kentucky Proud Park this season, Kentucky finished in the cellar of the SEC but for the most part had a really young team. UK gets plenty of players back next year and has another solid recruiting haul coming in. We should see UK get back to their winning ways on the diamond and hopefully be hosting a regional or super regional at KPP in the very near future.