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Carson Coleman and Ryan Shinn selected at the MLB Draft



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.

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.

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.


Article written by Adam Luckett

Twitter: @AdamLuckettKSR

5 Comments for Carson Coleman and Ryan Shinn selected at the MLB Draft

  1. J. Did
    5:34 am June 6, 2019 Permalink

    GO CATS!

  2. just a guy
    9:29 am June 6, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s be honest, coach Nick inherited a really good roster, and made it to super regional. But last year with all those MLB draft pick finished with a losing record in the SEC (finishing 5th in the SEC EAST), and this year was a disaster. He needs to be able to make the SEC tournament next year, let alone the NCAA or he should be fired

    • UKInsider
      1:46 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      Who was the recruiting coordinator for the 2018 Miss St. team that lost to eventual champion Oregon State? Who was laying the groundwork for the Miss St. team that is currently #6 in the country? Answer: Nick Mingione. Just a Guy needs to learn some facts before posting ridiculous statements.

  3. nellis234
    2:26 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    We will never make the NCAA tourney again under coach Mingione

    • UKInsider
      1:47 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

      See above Nellis. You need to lay off the sauce…