There are 14 Las Vegans who have actually played in Major League Baseball this year, headlined by wrecking-crew bats like Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper, and big arms like Tyler Anderson and Brandon Kintzler.
Now 7 Rebels are on the clock to join their regional compatriots in the bigs.
6 UNLV baseball gamers were taken in the 2018 MLB draft, and a seventh was signed as a complimentary representative. It’s the greatest draft class of head coach Stan Stolte’s 2 years at the helm of the program, including its highest draft pick since 2015.
“It’s neat that none of the men who signed came here signed,” Stolte stated. Numerous players are drafted out of high school however choose to play in college before returning to the draft. “They came here as undrafted gamers. The assistants did such an excellent job of enhancing their video game. To get drafted is every kid’s dream. The kids purchased in andworked tough.”
With seven gamers– consisting of 3 juniors– chasing after the major leagues now and another eight senior citizens carrying on, there is a lot of work for Stolte and business to do to repopulate the roster.
“We have to specify where we can hold up against something like that. When individuals get injured, people get prepared, you need to be able fill a hole and not miss a beat,” he stated.
Centerfielder Kyle Isbel: Taken in the third round, 75th overall, by the Kansas City Royals, Isbel currently is working his method through the ranks of that company. He spent just 25 games with Idaho Falls in rookie ball, the lowest rung on the minor-league ladder, where he hit.381 with four homers and 18 RBIs, prior to being promoted to Single-A Lexington, where he’s still striking over.300.
It’s best in line with the.357 average the junior put up for UNLV in the Rebels’ 35-24 campaign this past season.
“The Royals are grateful they took him, put it that method,” Stolte stated. “He was the total package. Offensively he was a risk, being our three-hitter. I thought he was just as important to us on defense. He played probably the very best center field on the West Coast. He concerned play difficult every day and it rubbed off on some teammates.”
Pitcher Alan Strong: Started 15 games for the Rebels as a senior and pitched to a 3.90 PERIOD with 86 strikeouts in 90 innings. He was tabbed by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 10th round, 300th general. He reported to Tampa’s short-season Single-A affiliate, the Hudson Valley (Wappinger, New York) Renegades.
“He took the next step,” Stolte stated. “(Hall of famer and pitching coach) Greg (Maddux) did an excellent task of teaching him the best ways to pitch. He was our main man from the pitching perspective, in addition to Bryan Menendez.”
Very first baseman Nick Ames: With his team-leading 18 homers and 73 RBIs, he was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 15th round. He will bypass his senior year. He only invested 12 games in novice ball before advancing to short-season Single-A with the Connecticut (Norwich) Tigers.
3rd baseman/outfielder Austin Anderson: Like Ames, Anderson is with the Tigers organization after signing as an undrafted totally free agent, betting the Gulf Coast League Tigers in Lakeland, Florida.
Infielder Nick Rodriguez: Third on the group with a. 337 average, Rodriguez went to the Seattle Mariners in the 22nd round. The senior is playing shortstop for the short-season Single-A Everett (Washington) AquaSox.
Pitcher Bryan Menendez: Menendez shut the door on 12 games, fanning 36 in 41 innings, which earned him a 24th round choice by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s now pitching for the Missoula Osprey in rookie ball.
Pitcher Trevor Horn: The junior starter was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the 39th round, where he bet his hometown Scottsdale (Arizona) Giants Black in rookie ball before getting promoted to Single-A advanced to pitch for the San Jose Giants then the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.