15 Rox Players Selected in the 2019 MLB Draft
St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud Rox had 15 former players selected in the Major League Baseball draft this week. The list included 1st round pick, infielder Michael Busch.
Michael Busch (2017 Rox infielder, University of North Carolina) was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 31st overall pick in the 1st round on Monday. He became the second Rox player ever to be drafted in the 1st round of the Major League Baseball draft after Will Craig was selected 22nd overall in 2016. Five additional former Rox players were selected in the top 10 rounds of the draft on Tuesday. Dan Metzdorf (2016 Rox pitcher, Boston College) was drafted in the 5th round by the Chicago White Sox. Cameron Eden (2017 Rox infielder, University of California) was selected in the 6th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. The San Diego Padres selected Andrew Mitchel (2018 Rox pitcher, San Jose State) in the 8th round. Also in the 8th round, the Texas Rangers drafted John Matthews (2017-18 pitcher, Kent State University). In the 10th round the Cincinnati Reds selected Jake Stevenson (2016-18 Rox pitcher, University of Minnesota).
On Wednesday nine former Rox players were drafted. The Los Angeles Angels selected Brent Killam (2017 Rox pitcher, Georgetown University) in the 11th round. Nick Morreale (2017 Rox pitcher, Georgetown University) was drafted in the 14th round by the San Francisco Giants. In the 16th round the Minnesota Twins drafted Ryan Shreve (2017 Rox pitcher, University of the Pacific). Shane Selman (2017 Rox outfielder, McNeese State) was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 21st round. Finn Del Bonta-Smith (2018 Rox pitcher, San Jose State University) was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 22nd round. Also in the 22nd round, Jack Cushing (2017-18 Rox pitcher, Georgetown University) was selected by the Oakland Athletics. Quinten Sefcik (2016 Rox pitcher, University of Illinois) was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 24th round. The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Marshall Gilbert (2018 Rox catcher, Mississippi State University) in the 29th round. The final former Rox player to be drafted was Spencer Mraz (2018 Rox pitcher, University of Miami-Ohio) by the Texas Rangers in the 33rd round.
In total the Rox have had 71 players selected in the Major League Baseball draft since 2013.
The Rox return home Thursday, June 6th against the Mankato MoonDogs for Traeger Grill Giveaway Night presented by Arrow Ace Hardware & Paint. The 1st 400 fans 18 & older receive a key that can be used to unlock a Traeger Grill valued at over $1,000 at Arrow Ace located on Veterans Drive, St. Cloud from June 7th through June 10th.
All single games tickets – including to the home opener – can be purchased now in person at the Rox Ticket Office located at the Municipal Athletic Complex, by calling the Rox Ticket office at 320-240-9798 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 24 hours a day by visiting www.stcloudrox.com.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.