Tampa, FL - College baseball recruiting is one of the most difficult jobs in collegiate sports. You're asked to do a good job recruiting...just not TOO good.
Just ask the Miami Hurricanes.
Consistently one of the top programs in college baseball, the Miami Hurricanes were hit hard by day 1 of the 2010 MLB Draft. They sat back on Monday night and watched their all-world junior catcher Yasmani Grandal get taken #12 overall by the Cincinnati Reds. When you're a top program like Miami, this kind of thing is bound to happen. It's just not bound to happen during your do-or-die regional championship game during a rain delay. Miami lead Texas A+M 3-2 in the regional championship game in the 3rd inning when Grandal was selected.
Then the recruiting class took a blow. California high school 1B Christian Yelich went #23 overall to their professional neighbor in the Florida Marlins. American Heritage SS Nick Castellanos then went #44 overall to the Detroit Tigers. And one pick later Calvalry Christian RHP Luke Jackson went to the Texas Rangers.
Slowly but surely, Miami's crown jewel recruiting class was getting picked apart by the MLB Draft.
When Day 2 resumed, Lakeland 3B Yordy Cabrera went quickly at #60 overall to the Oakland A's. All-American RHP AJ Cole, a projected first round pick, should not be far behind on Day 2.
That would mean the Hurricanes would potentially lose 6 top tier players in the first 2 rounds of the draft. With that on the back of their minds, they resume play today vs. Texas A+M with their season on the line. The winner will face Florida in Gainesville for Super Regionals.
With Garrett Wittles hitting streak up to 56 games, the FIU Golden Panthers continued to make national headlines by getting their SS commit Manny Machado selected #3 overall.
Yasmani Grandal's selection at #12 overall made him the first collegiate catcher off the board. This is the 4th year in a row that the ACC has produced the top drafted catching prospect out of college dating back to Matt Wieters, Buster Posey and co.
For those wanting to feel a little older, 2 players were drafted in the top 3 overall picks with 1992 birthdates - Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado.
The states of Texas, Florida, California and Georgia dominated the top 15 picks of the draft. Of the first 15 picks of the draft, 12 were from high schools or colleges from the 4 talent-rich states. Florida (4), Georgia (3), Texas (3), and California (2).
Former Rays 1st round pick LeVon Washington from Gainesville, FL was re-drafted this year after attending Chipola JC at #55 overall to the Cleveland Indians. Washington and Scott Boras spurned the Rays last year and opted to attend the University of Florida instead. When Washington's grades weren't up to par, he attended Chipola and slipped 20+ spots this year.