JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Major League Baseball draft wrapped up on Wednesday, with quite a few area products going on the final day, including a brother duo from Sandalwood and … the quarterback from Florida.
Eleven players with area ties were selected, with Gulf Coast State College second baseman Brett Wisely leading off the final day as a 15th-round selection of the Rays. His brother, USF pitcher, Alec, made it a Wisely afternoon. He was a 34th-round pick of the Indians. Both played at Sandalwood in high school.
A total of 13 area high schools were represented over the three-day draft, led by Trinity Christian with three and Sandalwood with two. A total of 18 players with ties to the First Coast were taken in the 40-round draft.
Perhaps the strangest pick of the day involved the Red Sox choosing Florida starting quarterback Feleipe Franks with the 947th pick of the 31st round. Franks hasn’t played baseball since his junior year of high school, although he was rated as Perfect Game’s No. 500 overall prospect out of Wakulla in 2016.
Bolles hurler Hunter Barco was the lone high schooler taken, selected in the 24th-round by the Mets.
Barco, one of the top-rated players in the country entering the draft, said on Tuesday night that he planned to head to college at Florida over potentially playing professionally.
JU and UNF both had players taken. Dolphins pitcher Zach Bryant went to the Cubs in the 15th round and reliever Chris Mauloni was a 36th-rounder to the Red Sox.
Ospreys outfielder Tanner Murphy, who also played at Bartram Trail, went to the Mets in the 18th. Flagler College pitcher Blair Calvo, a Nease graduate, was a 23rd-round pick by the Rockies.
Day 2 picks
Round (Pick) Pos. Player College/local tie Team
3. (85) IF Tyler Callihan, Providence, Reds
4. (124) P J.C. Flowers, FSU/Trinity Christian, Pirates
7. (207) 2B L.J. Talley, Georgia/Charlton County, Blue Jays
7. (222) P Brad Depperman, UNF, Cubs
8. (237) 3B Angel Camacho, JU/Creekside, Blue Jays
8. (255) P Zach Greene, South Alabama/Atlantic Coast, Yankees
9. (275) OF Todd Lott, La.-Lafayette/Trinity Christian, Cardinals
Day 3 picks
15. (458) 2B Brett Wisely, Gulf Coast SC/Sandalwood, Rays
15. (462) P Zach Bryant, JU, Cubs
18. (538) OF Tanner Murphy, UNF/Bartram Trail, Mets
23. (699) P Blair Calvo, Flagler College/Nease, Rockies
24. (718) P Hunter Barco, Bolles, Mets
25. (739) 3B Josh Broughton, Valdosta State/Trinity Christian, Royals
26. (791) P Mark Mixon, Miami/Ponte Vedra, Dodgers
34. (1,030) P Alec Wisely, USF/Sandalwood, Indians
35. (1,064) P Zach Rafuse, USC Aiken/Baker County, Athletics
36. (1,067) P Chris Mauloni, JU/Oakleaf, Red Sox
40. (1,195) P Tyler Myrick, FIU/Columbia, Rangers