Major League Baseball today completed the 2011 First-Year Player Draft with a total of 1,530 players being chosen in the 50 rounds and two compensation rounds. The First-Year Player Draft resumed in the 31st round via conference call this afternoon after Tuesday's completion of rounds two through 30.
Pitchers were the most frequently chosen players, with 793 being chosen (575 RHP, 218 LHP). (In 2010, 797 pitchers were chosen.) The rest of the 2011 pool was comprised of 343 infielders (including 82 third basemen), 260 outfielders and 134 catchers.
Vanderbilt University had 12 players selected, the most in the Draft, while Arizona State, the University of Florida, the University of Oklahoma and the University of South Carolina at Columbia each produced 11 players. Fresno State University, and the University of Connecticut each added 10 players.
Players were selected from 49 states with Maine being the lone state to not produce a draft selection. The states that produced the most players were California (284), Florida (146), Texas (144), Georgia (69), Arizona (56) and North Carolina (51). Sixty-one foreign-born players were selected in the 50 rounds, including 33 players from Canada; 21 players from Puerto Rico; three players from the U.S. Virgin Islands; and one player each from Bahamas, Germany, Mexico and Venezuela.
(See the complete listing of every player selected in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft)
Among the alumni of Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program who were drafted were James Harris (Oakland RBI, Compensation Round A, TB); Desmond Henry (Los Angeles RBI, 4th round, TEX); Matt Young (Los Angeles RBI, 14th round, TB); Jonathan Clark (Union Boys & Girls Club RBI, 17th round, NYM); and Dennis Jones (Boys & Girls Club of South Central Alabama, 22nd round, MIL). Henry and Young have also participated in events at Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California or have been part of at least one Academy team. Other players with ties to the Urban Youth Academy include: Ricky Oropesa (3rd round, SF); Kenneth Peoples (4th round, STL); Trevor Gretzky (7th round, CHI); Jamal Moore (10th round, LAD); Ryan Garvey (15th round, PHI); Drew Hillman (18th round, PHI); Zach Wilson (21st round, NYY); Arby Fields (27th round, SD); and Joe Terry (30th round, CIN).
Three clubs selected the son of their current manager: the Oakland Athletics picked Bob Geren's son Brett in the 42nd round; the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Mike Scioscia's son Matthew in the 45th round; and the Toronto Blue Jays chose John Farrell's son Shane in the 46th round. In addition, the Philadelphia Phillies selected Andrew Amaro, the nephew of General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. in the 47th round.
The Texas Rangers selected University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor in the 33rd round. Taylor, who is paralyzed from the waist down, suffered a broken neck after a collision with his teammate Zach Cone in March. Cone was also selected by the Rangers in Compensation Round A with the 37th overall pick. The Houston Astros picked San Jacinto College relief pitcher Buddy Lamothe in the 40th round. Lamothe also suffered a paralyzing injury during a swimming accident last month.
Other notable selections included brothers C.J. Cron (1st round, 17th overall, LAA) and Keith Cron (3rd round, SEA); Joe Ross (1st round, 25th overall, SD), brother of Oakland Athletics right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross; Dante Bichette, Jr. (Comp. round A, NYY), son of former All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette; Dwight Smith, Jr. (Comp. round A, TOR), son of former Major League outfielder Dwight Smith; Alex Santana (2nd round, LAD), son of former Major League shortstop Rafael Santana; Jack Armstrong, Jr. (3rd round, HOU), son of former All-Star pitcher Jack Armstrong; C.J. McElroy (3rd round, STL); son of former Major League pitcher Chuck McElroy; Ryan O'Sullivan (4th round, LAD), brother of Kansas City Royals right-handed pitcher Sean O'Sullivan; Ivan (Dereck) Rodriguez, Jr. (6th round, MIN), son of Washington Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez; Trevor Gretzky (7th round, CHI), son of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky; Daniel Lockhart (10th round, CHI), son of former Major League second baseman Keith Lockhart; Shawon Dunston, Jr. (11th round, CHI), son of former All-Star shortstop Shawon Dunston; Cameron Seitzer (11th round, TB), son of former All-Star third baseman Kevin Seitzer; Garrett Buechele (14th round, SF), son of former Major League third baseman Steve Buechele; Ryan Garvey (15th round, PHI), son of former All-Star first baseman Steve Garvey; Jack Lopez (16th round, KC), son of Cincinnati Reds Bullpen Coach Juan Lopez; Christopher O'Brien (18th round, LAD), son of former Major League catcher Charlie O'Brien; Colin Kaline (26th round, DET), grandson of Hall of Famer Al Kaline; David Lucroy (29th round, MIL), brother of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy; Bryan Harper (30th round, WSH), brother of 2010 top overall selection Bryce Harper; Nick Avila (37th round, DET), brother of Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila; Brandon Bonilla (37th round, COL), son of former All-Star outfielder Bobby Bonilla; Stefan Jarrin (40th round, LAD), grandson of longtime Los Angeles Dodgers Spanish radio announcer Jaime Jarrin; Kyle Arnsberg (40th round, STL), son of Houston Astros pitching coach Brad Arnsberg; Alexander Fernandez (46th round, DET), son of former Major League pitcher Alex Fernandez; Jacob Wakamatsu (48th round, TOR), son of Toronto Blue Jays bench coach Don Wakamatsu; and Brandon Leibrandt (48th round, TB), son of former Major League pitcher Charlie Leibrandt.
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Source: Major League Baseball
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