2019 Amateur Draft
The 2019 First Year Player Draft was the fifty-fifth Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. It began on June 3, 2019. In a first, the Boston Red Sox saw their first pick drop ten ranks, from #33 to #43, as a penalty for exceeding the luxury tax threshold. The team with the biggest draft bonanza was the Arizona Diamondbacks, with 8 of the first 93 selections.
There were two players clearly ahead of the pack heading into the draft, college C Adley Rutschman and high school SS Bobby Witt Jr., and they were expected to go 1-2 in that order - which is exactly what transpired. There were also three college pitchers considered can't miss - but then a huge drop after that, making experts predict that the first round would be dominated by hitters. Indeed, the first pitcher selected, Nick Lodolo was at #7, and there was only one more taken before pick #17, after which a few more were taken.
|33||Arizona Diamondbacks||Brennan Malone||RHP||IMG Academy||Compensation for Patrick Corbin|
|34||Arizona Diamondbacks||Drey Jameson||RHP||Ball State University (Col.)||Greenfield, IN||Compensation for A.J. Pollock|
Competitive Balance Round A
|35||Miami Marlins||Kameron Misner||OF||University of Missouri (Col.)||Poplar Bluff, MO|
|36||Tampa Bay Rays||JJ Goss||RHP||Cypress Ranch High School (H.S.)|
|37||Pittsburgh Pirates||Sammy Siani||OF||William Penn Charter School (H.S.)||Compensation for failure to sign Gunnar Hoglund|
|38||New York Yankees||T.J. Sikkema||LHP||University of Missouri (Col.)||DeWitt, IA||Obtained from Cincinnati Reds as part of trade for Sonny Gray|
|39||Minnesota Twins||Matt Wallner||OF||University of Southern Mississippi (Col.)||Forest Lake, MN|
|40||Tampa Bay Rays||Seth Johnson||RHP||Campbell University (Col.)||Concord, NC||Obtained from Oakland Athletics as part of trade for Jurickson Profar|
|41||Texas Rangers||Davis Wendzel||3B||Baylor University (Col.)||San Clemente, CA||Obtained from Milwaukee Brewers for Alex Claudio|
Other Sports Selections
Feleipe Franks (31st round)
By being drafted #2 after his father, Bobby Witt, had been the #3 selection in 1985, Bobby Witt Jr. became part of the highest drafted father-son duo in history; they beat out Tom Grieve (#6 in 1966) and Ben Grieve (#2 in 1994).
- David Adler: "2019 Draft legacies: Witt, Halladay, Hoffman, etc.", mlb.com, May 25, 2019. 
- Associated Press: "Rutschman, Witt, Vaughn lead list of MLB draft prospects", USA Today, June 3, 2019. 
- Associated Press: "Big catch: O's grab Rutschman atop MLB draft short on arms", USA Today, June 4, 2019. 
- Jim Callis: "2019 Draft order set: O's, KC, White Sox go 1-2-3", mlb.com, October 1, 2018. 
- Jim Callis: "These are the top 50 prospects for the '19 Draft", mlb.com, December 5, 2018. 
- Jim Callis: "Mock draft: All 34 first-round picks", mlb.com, May 3, 2019. 
- Mark Feinsand: "6 key storylines from Day 1 of MLB Draft", mlb.com, June 4, 2019. 
- Jonathan Mayo: "Competitive Balance rounds set for 2019 Draft", mlb.com, November 19, 2018. 
- Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum: "Here's our favorite Draft pick for all 30 teams", mlb.com, June 6, 2019.