The Florida baseball program had much to celebrate Monday night. In addition to shortstop Brady McConnell being selected in the annual MLB Draft, the top two arms in the Gators 2019 class went unselected despite being projected day one picks.
McConnell, a sophomore who is eligible for the draft since he is over twenty-one, was selected with the 44th pick by the Kansas City Royals. The pick has a compensation value of $1,689,500.
*Note: The Royals selected a pair of Gators with their top two picks in the 2018 draft, Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar.
McConnell led the Gators with 15 home runs and hit a robust .332 with 48 RBI this season while leading off for much of the year.
The Gators also received surprising news as two of their top signees of the 2019 class have fallen past day one despite projections that assumed otherwise.
RHP Matthew Allan (Sanford, FL) was a projected mid-first round choice.
The Chicago Cubs were indeed extremely close to taking HS right-hander Matthew Allan, but signability concerns pushed them to Fresno State right-hander Ryan Jensen, sources tell ESPN.
Horse shoes and hand grenades, etc.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 4, 2019
If Jeff Passan’s report is correct and signability is the issue, that could be great news for the UF coaching staff. Although it does remain an option that Allan could choose to go Juco for a year before re-entering the draft.
LHP Hunter Barco (Jacksonville, FL), was the no. 32 ranked prospect according to Baseball America associate editor Kegan Lowe. Barco also went unselected through the first day of the draft.
If both of these players are informing professional teams that they intend to play college ball, and opt to play at UF, that would be a monumental accomplishment for Kevin O’Sullivan and the Gators coaching staff.
Gators Country’s Nick de la Torre summed it up best:
The first day of the MLB Draft is over. The #Gators expected both RHP Matthew Allan and LHP Hunter Barco to be selected, they were not.
Getting one of them to school would have been great for Sully. Both? Incredible.
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) June 4, 2019
Also: Florida outfield commit, Riley Greene was taken with the no. 5 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers. Greene is a power bat from Oviedo, FL.