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91 SEC players selected in MLB draft

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SEC Staff
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The Southeastern Conference had 13 student-athletes selected on the first day of the 2019 MLB Draft. SEC Player of the Year JJ Bleday headlined the draft class for Vanderbilt, being selected No. 4 overall by the Miami Marlins. Bleday is the ninth Commodore drafted in the Top 10 under head coach Tim Corbin.

A pair of SEC pitchers were also taken in the first round, as Kentucky's Zack Thompson and Mississippi State's Ethan Small went to the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, respectively. Thompson (No. 19 overall) is UK's highest pitcher ever selected in the amateur draft, while Small (No. 28 overall) is the 15th first-round pick in MSU history.

On the second day of the draft, an additional 29 players were selected.

LSU junior Zach Watson was selected in the third round (pick No. 79) by the Baltimore Orioles. 

Vanderbilt's Drake Fellows was taken in the sixth round with the 173rd overall pick. He is tied for the national lead in victories (12) and is 18th with 117 strikeouts.

Mississippi State's Jake Mangum was selected in the fourth round, becoming the first Bulldog to be selected in three different draft cycles.

Arkansas and Vanderbilt led the way on Day 2 with four players each being drafted, while Ole Miss, LSU and Georgia weren't far behind with three players each being selected.

On the final day of the draft, an additional 49 players were selected.

Vanderbilt produced eight selections on Day 3 and 13 total to match the SEC record. Among those eight, five pitchers were picked up, including 13th-round picks Zach King (pick No. 381) to the Miami Marlins and Jackson Gillis (pick No. 403) to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Mississippi State also closed out the draft strong with a school-record tying 11 picks.

Georgia finished with eight total selections, marking the program's most draft picks since 2009. 

Alabama would see five Crimson Tide players drafted on the last day with three selected in consecutive rounds. Pitcher Deacon Medders, who racked up 51 strikeouts to lead all relievers this season, was picked up in the 20th round (pick No. 593) by the San Diego Padres.

The SEC wrapped up the draft with a total of 91 selections.

SEC Players Selected in 2019 MLB Draft

Round 1
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
4 JJ Bleday Vanderbilt Miami Marlins
19 Zack Thompson Kentucky St. Louis Cardinals
21 Braden Shewmake Texas A&M Atlanta Braves
28 Ethan Small Mississippi State Milwaukee Brewers
Competitive Balance
35 Kameron Misner Missouri Miami Marlins
38 TJ Sikkema Missouri New York Yankees
Round 2
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
44 Brady McConnell Florida Kansas City Royals
61 John Doxakis Texas A&M Tampa Bay Rays
62 Aaron Schunk Georgia Colorado Rockies
67 Josh Smith LSU New York Yankees
68 Grae Kessinger Ole Miss Houston Astros
Competitive Balance
75 Dominic Fletcher Arkansas Arizona Diamondbacks
76 Isaiah Campbell Arkansas Seattle Mariners
Round 3
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
79 Zach Watson LSU Baltimore Orioles
83 Andre Lipcius Tennessee Detroit Tigers
96 Tony Locey Georgia St. Louis Cardinals
Round 4
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
118 Jake Mangum Mississippi State New York Mets
123 Matt Cronin Arkansas Washington Nationals
126 Tim Elliott Georgia Seattle Mariners
127 Kasey Kalich Texas A&M Atlanta Braves
Round 5
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
149 Will Holland Auburn Minnesota Twins
151 Garrett Stallings Tennessee Los Angeles Angels
153 Tyler Dyson Florida Washington Nationals
159 Will Ethridge Ole Miss Colorado Rockies
163 Thomas Dillard Ole Miss Milwaukee Brewers
Round 6
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
172 Cooper Johnson Ole Miss Detroit Tigers
173 Drake Fellows Vanderbilt San Diego Padres
180 Andrew Schultz Tennessee Philadelphia Phillies
188 Colby White Mississippi State Tampa Bay Rays
Round 7
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
202 Zack Hess LSU Detroit Tigers
207 L.J. Talley Georgia Toronto Blue Jays
211 Davis Daniel Auburn Los Angeles Angels
213 Todd Peterson LSU Washington Nationals
Round 8
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
232 Jack Kenley Arkansas Detroit Tigers
249 Jacob Kostyshock Arkansas Colorado Rockies
257 Wil Dalton Florida Boston Red Sox
Round 9
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
264 TJ Hopkins South Carolina Cincinnati Reds
267 Philip Clarke Vanderbilt Toronto Blue Jays
271 Zach Linginfelter Tennessee Los Angeles Angels
274 Ethan Paul Vanderbilt Pittsburgh Pirates
287 Cody Scroggins Arkansas Boston Red Sox
Round 10
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
317 Stephen Scott Vanderbilt Boston Red Sox
Round 12
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
358 Antoine Duplantis LSU New York Mets
Round 13
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
381 Zach King Vanderbilt Miami Marlins
384 Luke Berryhill South Carolina Cincinnati Reds
396 Reid Morgan South Carolina Seattle Mariners
401 Jacob Cantleberry Missouri Los Angeles Dodgers
403 Jackson Gillis Vanderbilt Milwaukee Brewers
Round 14
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
421 Zac Kristofak Georgia Los Angeles Angels
Round 16
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
480 Chris Cornelius Missouri Philadelphia Phillies
488 Joe Gobillot Vanderbilt Tampa Bay Rays
489 Trysten Barlow Mississippi State Colorado Rockies
Round 17
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
499 A.J. Franklin Vanderbilt Kansas City Royals
504 Patrick Raby Vanderbilt Cincinnati Reds
525 Pat DeMarco Vanderbilt New York Yankees
Round 18
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
531 Dustin Skelton Mississippi State Miami Marlins
539 Edouard Julien Auburn Minnesota Twins
542 Ricky Martinez Tennessee Arizona Diamondbacks
Round 20
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
593 Deacon Medders Alabama San Diego Padres
602 Jared Liebelt Mississippi State Arizona Diamondbacks
608 Cam Shepherd Georgia Tampa Bay Rays
611 Zack Plunkett Arkansas Los Angeles Dodgers 
Round 21
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
627 Parker Caracci Ole Miss Toronto Blue Jays
635 Jack Owen Auburn St. Louis Cardinals
642 Nelson Maldonado Florida Chicago Cubs
646 Davis Vainer Alabama  Houston Astros
Round 22
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
652 Cole Zabowski Ole Miss Detroit Tigers
660 Tucker Maxwell Georgia Philadelphia Phillies
661 Morgan McCullough Alabama Los Angeles Angels
Round 23
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
679 Elliott Anderson Auburn Kansas City Royals
Round 25
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
759 Keegan James Mississippi State Colorado Rockies
764 Ty Duvall Vanderbilt Oakland Athletics
Round 26
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
769 Jay Charleston Tennessee Kansas City Royals
785 Jeremy Randolph Alabama St. Louis Cardinals
787 Riley King Georgia Atlanta Braves
792 Jacob Olson South Carolina Chicago Cubs
Round 27
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
799 Zack Phillips Ole Miss Kansas City Royals
805 Mason Cole Texas A&M Texas Rangers
Round 29
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
858 Houston Roth Ole Miss Baltimore Orioles
874 Marshall Gilbert Mississippi State Pittsburgh Pirates
Round 30
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
905 Cameron Dulle Missouri St. Louis Cardinals
Round 31
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
946 Peyton Plumlee Mississippi State Houston Astros
947 Feleipe Franks Florida Boston Red Sox
Round 32
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
949 Saul Garza LSU Kansas City Royals
958 Cole Gordon Mississippi State New York Mets
Round 33
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
998 Carson Coleman Kentucky Tampa Bay Rays
Round 34
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
1011 Brock Love Alabama Miami Marlins
1018 Ryan Shinn Kentucky New York Mets
1021 Ridge Chapman South Carolina Los Angeles Angels
1029 Tanner Allen Mississippi State Colorado Rockies
Round 36
Pick (Overall) Athlete School Team
1071 Julian Infante Vanderbilt Miami Marlins