Kentucky Baseball will have lots of new faces across the diamond in 2019 thanks to the MLB draft. Eleven players from the Cats’ 2018 team have signed pro contracts after being selected in this month’s draft. Take a look at which players have agreed to terms with big league franchises and how much money they received for signing.
Sean Hjelle- San Francisco Giants: 1.5 million
Kole Cottam- Boston Red Sox: $375,000
Zach Haake- Kansas City Royals: $300,000
Luke Becker- San Diego Padres: $5,000
Luke Heyer- Los Angeles Dodgers: $47,500
Justin Lewis- Arizona Diamondbacks: $125,000
Trey Dawson- Houston Astros: $125,000
Troy Squires- Toronto Blue Jays: $1,000
Ben Aklinski- Philadelphia Phillies: $100,000
Alec Maley- Washington Nationals: Unknown
Tristan Pompey- Miami Marlins: Finalizing Contract
Unsigned Draft Picks
Chris Machamer- Boston Red Sox
Andrew Miller- Miami Marlins
It will be difficult to bounce back after losing so many guys that saw playing time in 2018. The good news for the Cats is that all of their commitments for 2018 will be headed to campus. Will Gambino, Cole Ayers, and Braxton Cottongame were selected in the later rounds of this month’s draft and all three will attend UK. Jaren Shelby, the prized JUCO signee and younger brother of John and JaVon, was not selected and will attend UK as well. Mingione signed one of the top classes in the country and (as of now) the whole group will be on campus this fall.
Their will a lot of new faces for UK when the team takes the field this fall. Mingione and his crew will have their work cut out for them as they look to rebuild after losing a large portion of their team to the draft in 2018.