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It's a time for your organization to draft players that you hope can one day develop into Major League talent. Drew Carlton was picked by Detroit in the 32nd, while Alec Byrd was taken by the Rockies in the 33rd.

The draft ended on Wednesday with six Longhorns drafted, including Tyler Schimpf (13th round), Patrick Mathis (22nd), Lake Travis product Connor Mayes (24th), Zane Gurwitz (26th), Travis Jones (29th) and Jon Malmin (31st).

First off the board was St. Bonaventure's Cole Peterson.

If you happened to be following the draft last night, you probably went through a whole wave of emotions.

My prediction is that California high school shortstop Nick Allen is the Rangers' pick at #26, and Minnesota high school RHP Sam Carlson is the pick at #29. At 142nd overall, his slot value calls for a $356,900 payday, which may or may not be enough for him to forgo going to college. My family and I are extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity. "It's actually starting to set in".

The last time that happened was in 2007, when Wesleyan grad and then-University of Georgia pitcher Stephen Dodson became the first player with Gwinnett ties drafted when he was selected all the way in the 18th round by the Kansas City Royals.

The draft began Monday and continues today.

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McMahan's selection was his second in as many years after being a 19th rounder in 2016 (Pirates). The 6-foot-1, 225-pound slugger from Jordan High was an all-West Coast Conference first-team selection for BYU in 2017, when he hit.269 with a.486 slugging percentage and 13 home runs while leading the Cougars to their first NCAA regional appearance since 2002.

Three of Texas' signees were also drafted, including two taken in the first two rounds.

Each year, baseball pundits will relay the same spiel on how the draft is critically important.

The Utes also had a high school signee drafted in the 28th round. McMillan has signed with Florida.

"Once I get the the work visa approved to go down to the USA and play, I'll be joining their minor league team and be playing in the Gulf Coast League most likely", said Hall. UCF pitcher Robby Howell, a Fort White High product, went in the 10th round to the Reds.

The Philadelphia Phillies chose outfielder Yahir Gurrola, who played at El Dorado, in the 27th round of the draft.

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