The 2018 June amateur draft pool has been released, 45 days before draft day, showcasing the top talent expected to enter the Bull League over the next few seasons.
The pool includes a good selection of top talent from the four college leagues, as well as the eligible high school players from the Nor-Am High School League.
Carl Simms Jr, the son of Bull League Hall of Fame outfielder and five-time MVP Carl Simms, is eligible and is ranked in the top 10 of the eligible players. Simms Jr. played for UCLA this season, where he hit .292 over 56 games, including a conference-best 27 home runs and 68 RBIs.
The top-rated player on the draft pool list is Scott Flanagan, who played first base for Kentucky in the NCAA’s Southeast Conference. Flanagan led his conference in hitting with a .374 average, hitting safely 88 times and scoring 66 runs on the year. Like Carl Simms Jr, he was named to the NCAA all-star game in March.
The top Pacific Rim College League player is right-handed starting pitcher Kunisuke Mine, who held a record of 8-1 as a starter for Brisbane College Rockets. His 1.69 ERA topped the PRCL. After two college seasons, his record is 15-6, with a 2.27 ERA, 198 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.10, all within 174.2 innings pitched. He placed 2nd in Pitcher of the Year voting for the past two seasons.
Out of the Canadian interuniversity (CIS) baseball league the top player is Jeremy Lovett, a switch-hitting third baseman for Saint Mary’s Huskies. The native of Laval, Quebec, joined the club following the 2017 season after impressing the coaching staff during tryouts. Despite not having played a single game, the multi-sport athlete has managed to impress scouts and the junior became draft-eligible in March when he turned 21.
Out of the CANAM College League, Brandon Seymour gets the top draft player nod. A 21-year-old center fielder from Mill Plain, Washington, played for the Mass Bay Law College Maulers for the past two years. His 2017 was solid, but he brought it up a notch this season until he suffered a shoulder injury in early March. Still, he managed 17 games before his injury, batting .354 and walking 12 times to craft an OPS of 1.025. He is now recovered from his injury and looking forward to breaking into a minor league team for one of the Bull League clubs.
The top 10 players in the draft pool for June are:
- Scott Flanagan, 1B, age 21 (UK – NCAA)
- Kunisuke Mine, RHP, age 21 (BRC – PRCL)
- Jeremy Lovett, 3B, age 21 (SMU – CIS)
- Brandon Seymour, CF, age 21 (MBLC – CANAM)
- Carl Simms, Jr., LF, age 22 (UCLA – NCAA)
- Peyton Bint, 1B, age 22 (UWO – CIS)
- T.J. Burlingame, RHP, age 22 (USC – NCAA)
- T.J. Orton, SS, age 21 (UofO – CIS)
- Matt Horsley, RHP, age 21 (MBLC – CANAM)
- Dennis Conroy, RHP, age 20 (TTT – CANAM)
The top high school player is Carlos Cortez, left fielder for the Saint Patrick Academy Irish (Boston, MA). The 18-year-old from Mexico batted .293 this year, and held the same average last season. His high school OPS after two seasons was .793.