(5-13-17) When Seth Lonsway is on the mound for the Celina Bulldogs this past season there is always a gaggle of MLB scouts in the stands with radar guns in hand.
Last night in Celina’s OHSAA D II Sectional game was no exception. Celina picked up a 7-3 win over Shawnee, Lonsway went 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win on the mound. He allowed 4 hits and struck out 11 to pick up the win.
The all-time Celina strike out ace, who has signed to play baseball in the fall at The Ohio State University could see that all change with the upcoming MLB draft in mid-June. LHP pitchers are a commodity that MLB baseball teams love and that makes Lonsway a big target for teams to select him.
His pitching #’s according to prepbaseballreport.com:
- Max Fastball: 94 Fastball: 89-93
- Curveball: 72-74 Changeup: 74-75
- Slider: 74-76
- Projected to be drafted in 2017 MLB Draft: 5th Round, 145th Overall Pick by Los Angeles Angels
Will Lonsway make it to Ohio State? How high does he need to be drafted to even consider to making the move to be a professional?
In November when committing to the Buckeyes he said:
“I have always dreamed of being a Buckeye. I like what the coaching staff has done with this program. Ohio State’s academics are second to none. It’s an amazing honor and I am really looking forward to working with the coaches and my teammates next year.”
Celina pitcher and OSU commit Seth Lonsway on a recent Fish Report –
Over the years Mercer County has some highly sought after prospects get drafted.
Marion Local’s Cory Luebke, who just retired from baseball due to arm issues, is a LHP pitcher much like Lonsway.
Luebke was drafted three times before he made the jump to become a professional ball player:
- June 7, 2004: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round of the 2004 amateur draft, but did not sign.
- June 6, 2006: Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 22nd round of the 2006 amateur draft, but did not sign.
- June 7, 2007: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1st round (63rd pick) of the 2007 amateur draft. Player signed June 23, 2007
In 1984 Coldwater’s Mark Brunswick was drafted straight out of high school in the 3rd round by the NY Mets, he never made it to the Majors after a career ending injury took place in the minor leagues. Brunswick is now a successful high school coach at Marysville (Ohio), after a very successful run at Bellefontaine.
How high Lonsway goes in the draft could depend on what he decides to do with his future. That is why many Bulldog and Buckeye fans will be watching this June during the draft.
For now he wears the ‘green and white’ and fans know he is all about team, so for now the draft is not even on the board.