These first-round MLB draft picks might make it to the College World Series
The first two rounds of the 2018 MLB Draft took place Monday night and four teams that are still competing in the 2018 NCAA Baseball Championship have first-round draft picks on their rosters. With Super Regional action kicking off on Friday, here's a look at which first-rounders could play on college baseball's biggest stage in the College World Series.
Casey Mize (RHP), Auburn
The Auburn ace will get to keep the same mascot as the Detroit Tigers selected Mize with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. The 6-3 righty is 10-5 this season with a 2.95 ERA, 151 strikeouts and a .195 opposing batting average. The Tigers earned a No. 2 regional seed in the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship and advanced out of the Raleigh Regional unscathed with consecutive wins over Northeastern, Army and N.C. State.
Mize earned the win against Army after striking out 11 batters in seven innings, while allowing just four hits and one run. Auburn will face No. 1 overall seed Florida, which has several first-round picks of its own, in the Gainesville Super Regional.
Nick Madrigal (INF), Trevor Larnach (OF), Oregon State
Oregon State and Florida were the only colleges to have multiple players selected in the first round. The Chicago White Sox selected infielder Nick Madrigal, who's batting .406 this season while maintaining a perfect fielding percentage, fourth overall. The 2017 Pac-12 Player of the Year and reigning First Team All-American has three home runs and 32 RBIs to go along with 11 steals this season.
Madrigal's teammate, outfielder Trevor Larnach, was drafted 16 spots later at No. 20 overall by the Minnesota Twins. Larnach has a .327 batting average this year, a team-high 17 home runs and 65 RBIs.
The teammates batted third and fourth, respectively, in the Beavers' batting order in their most recent games. In Oregon State's three games in the regional round, Madrigal was 7-for-14 with four runs, while Larnach was 4-for-10 with seven runs.
Jonathan India (INF), Brady Singer (RHP), Florida
The Gators produced two top-20 picks in this year's draft as the Cincinnati Reds took Jonathan India fifth overall and the Kansas City Royals selected pitcher Brady Singer with the No. 18 pick.
India, a junior from Coral Springs, Florida, is hitting a team-high .360 with 19 home runs and 47 RBIs this season. His on-base percentage is .500 and he's slugging .729.
India was 5-for-15 with two home runs and five RBI in the regional round.
Singer, a 6-5 righty, is 11-1 with a 2.27 ERA, 98 strikeouts and a .188 opposing batting average. He was on the mound for Florida's Regional win over Jacksonville, when he went seven innings, allowing just five hits and two runs.
Note: Florida pitcher Jackson Kowar was selected 33rd overall by the Kansas City Royals with a compensation pick after the end of the first round.
Logan Gilbert (RHP), Stetson
Stetson advanced to the Super Regionals for the first time in school history, in part because of Gilbert's dominant performance against Oklahoma State in the regional round. The 6-6 righty, who was selected 14th overall by the Seattle Mariners, struck out 14 batters in seven innings, while allowing just five hits and two runs in a 10-3 victory.
Gilbert is 11-1 this season with a 2.52 ERA, 157 strikeouts and a .172 opposing batting average. Stetson will face fellow No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Super Regionals.