Our MLB Draft Cats are getting their professional careers officially started, and according to several reports, they’re off to a hot start.
It took just five games for former Kentucky baseball star Luke Heyer to get called up to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate Great Lakes.
He hit .286 with a double and a homer in his brief stint with the Ogden Raptors.
3B Luke Heyer called up to Great Lakes. He hit .286 with a double and a homer in five games with the Ogden Raptors
— StandardEx Raptors (@RaptorsSE) June 24, 2018
Former Wildcat Kole Cottam, who was drafted in the fourth round by the Red Sox, is currently making plays for the short-season Class-A Boston affiliate Lowell Spinners.
— Mark Singelais (@MarkSingelais) June 23, 2018
He has been racking of Player of the Game honors in the process:
Cottam ripped a pair of doubles (the first two of his career) and added an RBI
— Lowell Spinners (@LowellSpinners) June 21, 2018
As for former Kentucky star pitcher Sean Hjelle, his professional debut will be coming sometime this week.
We should be seeing a bunch more pro debuts from #SFGiants 2018 draftees in the AZL this coming week:
Joey Bart (as soon as today?);
Sean Hjelle (RHP);
Jake Wong (RHP);
Blake Rivera (RHP);
Ben Madison (RHP);
Sean Roby (3B)(in lineup today);
Jett Manning (SS);
— Darryl Zero (@Darryl_Zero) June 24, 2018
San Diego’s ninth-round draft selection Luke Becker is currently with the Tri-City Dust Devils, the short-season Class A affiliate of the Padres. He is playing right field with the organization.
— Lonny Becker (@VikingsRule10) June 24, 2018
Chris Machamer, drafted in the 16th round by the Boston Red Sox, is looking good with the Brewster Whitecaps.
In his first game action since a freak injury sidelined him the final week of the season, @machamer_chris looked really good in start for @WhitecapsCCBL tonight: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), BB, 3 K. #WeAreUK #SummerCats18 pic.twitter.com/GaMdg0AOnl
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 20, 2018
Others are just now getting signed with their respective organizations, such as Trey Dawson and Ben Aklinski, but they are expected to begin summer ball in the very near future.
Trey Dawson signed with the Astros for $125,000 and Ben Aklinski signed with the Phillies for $100,000 according to the MLB Draft site.
— Trey Huntsman (@TreyHuntsmanKSR) June 22, 2018
Congratulations to all of our former Wildcats, and best of luck to them going forward.