(6-11-20) For Celina’s Seth Lonsway this year’s MLB Draft couldn’t come any sooner. After being drafted in the 19th round by Cincinnati following his Senior year in high school, having to sit out his Freshman year at Ohio State over high school transcript issues and then this past season being cut short due to the pandemic…it has been a long wait until this year’s draft.
But after the final selection in the 5th round of the 2020 MLB draft was announced Lonsway had not heard his named called. Ranked by MLB as the top 50 prospect…it is just another disappointment for Lonsway since graduating from Celina. 160 players were drafted in the five rounds.
With a draft shortened from 41 rounds to 5 rounds Lonsway will have to consider his future in baseball and what options that he has open to him. The next step could still a future in pro baseball as a free agent.
This year’s draft. which was held virtually, was one that had numerous big surprises. Players that were not ranked in the Top 500 going in the 2nd round (50th overall), when Texas picked Evan Carter a high school outfielder from Tennessee. The trend happened in all five rounds with lower and non-ranked players moving up.
Lonsway’s battery mate Dillon Dingler started the first 2nd round pick at 38th overall being picked by the Detroit Tigers. Dingler entered the draft ranked 24th overall by MLB.