The top 5 draftees in USF baseball history
Candidly, we didn't expect Bulls junior SS Kevin Merrell to go off the Major League Baseball Draft board so quickly Monday night, and neither did he.
"I'm pretty speechless right now," Merrell said by phone from his Odessa home, roughly 30 minutes after the Oakland A's drafted him with the 33rd overall pick in a sandwich (i.e. Competitive Balance) round immediately after Round 1. "So thankful."
Officially, Merrell is the third-highest draftee in Bulls history. And since we know you're wondering (because we certainly were), here are the top five:
1. C Scott Hemond, A's, 1986, first round (14th overall)
2. SS Jason Dellaero, White Sox, 1997, first round (15th overall)
3. SS Kevin Merrell, A's, 2017, Competitive Balance Round A (33rd overall)
4. SS Brett King, Giants, 1993, second round (72nd overall)
5. LHP Mark Hubbard, Yankees, 1991, third round (89th overall)
Naturally, Merrell oozed as much modesty as shock in the immediate wake of his selection. He said he's slated to meet with A's representatives Thursday, when he conceivably could sign his contract and get his minor league assignment.
"I guess it's time like this you just think about all the people that have just made an impact, have invested so much time in my life," Merrell said. "It's been an awesome journey, and I guess the next step's with A's, so I'm excited."