— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 14, 2017
(6-14-17) – Its not what Seth Lonsway thought would happen in the draft, but area fans love the thought he could someday be a Cincinnati Red. The next move is up to Lonsway, go pro or move on to Columbus and play for a quality Big 10 program at Ohio State.
Lonsway was drafted in the 19th round and was the 557th player selected. The signing bonus value of Lonsway’s pick does not have an assigned value by MLB, as it is outside the first ten rounds. But being drafted is bittersweet since the Bulldog product had been ranked Ohio’s top high school draft prospect by Baseball America, and the 148th prospect overall according to MLB. The bonus money difference from the 5th round to the 19th round is a big gap.
Here are some 19th and 20th round draft choices who over the years have done pretty well in MLB:
- Bret Saberhagen (1982) — 19th round, 479th overall
- Don Mattingly (1979) — 19th round, 493rd overall
- Ryne Sandberg (1978) — 20th round, 511th overall
- Jose Bautista (2000) — 20th round, 599th overall
The one thing that should be put into perspective, MLB is a business and sometimes choices made are hard to understand.
For Lonsway he is a winner either way, a college education at OSU or take a shot at his dream of a career in Major League baseball.
Other area players drafted-
— Defiance Baseball (@DefianceBBall) June 15, 2017
— Kent State Baseball (@KentStBaseball) June 14, 2017