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.