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2018 MLB Draft

The Coastal Plain League announced that 100 players, both former and current, were selected during the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Former Wilmington Shark Alec Bohm was the first off the board, selected number three overall by the Philadelphia Phillies. 

The story goes that when Bohm, of Wichita State, first arrived in Wilmington and caught a ride straight to the stadium, without yet having a chance to speak to anyone, he stepped on the field and mashed nine home runs to make a strong impression on all of his new teammates and coaches who looked on. From there he continued to make an impression on the entire league finishing the season as a Hitter of the Year candidate.

In total he had a .330 batting average helping him to a league-leading 51 RBIs to go along with 11 home runs and 12 doubles for a .522 slugging percentage on the year. He was named to the 2016 CPL All-Star Game where he also competed and won the All-Star Home Run Derby. Bohm was also a member of the 2016 All-CPL First Team.

Also selected on day one of the MLB Draft was former Savannah All-Star Jameson Hannah who helped lead the Bananas to a 2016 CPL Championship in their inaugural season. Hannah was picked by the Oakland Athletics in the second round of the draft, number 50 overall. He finished the 2016 season with the second-best batting average in the league at .371 while also notching 12 doubles, one triple and four home runs. The Dallas Baptist outfielder was a catalyst for the team all season as scored 34 runs while also driving in 34.

In total, fifteen of the current 16 CPL clubs saw a player selected in the 2018 draft, with the only team not having a player selecting being the Macon Bacon who are currently in the midst of their inagural season. The Wilmington Sharks led the way with 11 former and current players selected, with Holly Springs coming in as a close second with 10. Next was Peninsula with nine, followed by Edenton and Savannah who each had eight players selected. Fayetteville saw seven players come off the board with seven other teams following with six players selected: Forest City, Florence, Gastonia, HP-Thomasville, Lexington County and Wilson. Morehead City came in next with five, followed by Martinsville with four and former CPL franchise Petersburg with three.

The complete list of CPL players – both former and players signed for the 2018 season – taken in this year’s draft is below: 

Coastal Plain League Alumni Drafted In 2018 Major League Draft 
Round  Overall Player  College/University  MLB Team Drafted By  CPL Team(s) 
3 Alec Bohm Wichita State Philadelphia '16 Wilmington
2 50 Jameson Hannah Dallas Baptist Oakland '16 Savannah
59 Ryan Jeffers UNC Wilmington Minnesota '16 Savannah
4 133 Adam Scott Wofford Cleveland '16 Savannah
5 143 Brady Feigl Ole Miss Oakland '16 Asheboro
5 144 Grant Koch Arkansas Pittsburgh '16 Wilmington
5 152 Austin Cox Mercer Kansas City '17 Edenton
7 206 Nick Podkul Notre Dame Toronto '17 Morehead City
7 207 Cason Sherrod Texas A&M Miami '15 Wilson
7 211 Andrew Wantz UNC Greensboro Los Angeles (AL) '15 Holly Springs
7 214 Josh Winder Virginia Military Minnesota '16 Peninsula
7 215 David Fry Northwestern State Milwaukee '16 Peninsula
223 Cody Morris South Carolina Cleveland '17 Lexington
227 Seth Lancaster Coastal Carolina Philadelphia '17 Lexington
9 259 Andrew McDonald Virginia Tech Cincinatti '17 Edenton
269 Chandler Sanburn Wichita State Texas '15, '16 Holly Springs
284 Josh McLain NC State Los Angeles (NL) '15 Holly Springs
10 287 Madison Stokes South Carolina Philadelphia '15 Lexington / '16 Wilmington
10 303 Kevin Woodall Coastal Carolina St. Louis '17 Florence
10  307 Josh Maciejewski Charlotte New York (AL) '16, '17 Gastonia
11  325 Cody Roberts North Carolina Baltimore '16 Holly Springs
11 329  Billy Layne Jr. Seton Hall Texas '17 Gastonia
12 345 Reese Hampton Charlotte Detroit '16, '17 Florence
12  367 Matthew Pita Virginia Military New York (AL) '17, '18 Savannah
12  371 Graham Lawson South Carolina Washington '17 Wilmington
14  420  Chris Gau Jacksonville Tampa Bay '16 Peninsula
14  423 Brandon Riley North Carolina St. Louis '16 Holly Springs
14  436 Matt Frisbee UNC Greensboro San Francisco '16 Holly Springs
15 457 Nick Ernst Miami Ohio New York (AL) '17 Fayetteville
16 465 Dayton Dugas Wichita State Detroit '17 Wilmington
16 470 L.A. Woodard Middle Tennessee State New York (NL) '17 Florence
16 476 Josh Hiatt North Carolina Toronto '16 Gastonia
16  482 Kyle Hinton Delaware Kansas City '17 Peninsula
16 491 Carson Teel Oklahoma State Washington '15 Wilson
17  508 Cesar Trejo UNC Greensboro Seattle '16 HP-Thomasville
17 502 Justin Dean Lenoir-Rhyne Atlanta '17 Wilmington
17 505 Trevor Putzig Tennessee Tech Baltimore '17 Morehead City
17  517 Barrett Loseke Arkansas New York '16 Gastonia
17 521 Ridge Chapman South Carolina Washington '17 HP-Thomasville
17  522 Brett Daniels North Carolina Houston '15 Holly Springs
18 525 Ethan DeCaster Duke Detroit '16 Asheboro
18  530 Chase Chambers Tennessee Tech New York (NL) '16 Morehead City
18  549 Kyler Stout Oral Roberts Arizona '16 Wilmington
19  556  Randy Norris Winston-Salem State San Francisco '17 HP-Thomasville / '18 Asheboro
20 606 Luke Morgan College of Charleston Colorado '17 Wilmington
20  609 Erin Baldwin Samford Arizona '17 HP-Thomasville
20  612  Austin Dennis Middle Tennessee State Houston '16 Forest City
21  621 Mason Fox Gardner-Webb San Diego '16 Forest City / '17 Asheboro
21 623 Daniel Martinez Riverside CC Oakland '18 Fayetteville
21  627 Connor Grant North Greenville Miami '16, '17 Forest City
21  632 Nathan Eaton Virginia Military  Kansas City '16, '17 Peninsula
21  644 Tre Todd Liberty Los Angeles (NL) '16 Forest City
22 668 Jamie Galazin St. Johns Chicago (NL) '17 Edenton
22 646 Clay Helvey Tampa San Francisco '18 Gastonia
23 698 Hunter Taylor South Carolina Chicago (NL) '16 Peninsula
24  713 Cam Alldred Cincinatti Pittsburgh '16 Martinsville
24 726 Tren Fennell Barton College Colorado '16 Wilson
25 744 Luke Mangieri Bradley Pittsburgh '16 Martinsville
25 748 Connor Kopach SIU-Carbondale Seattle '17 Edenton
25 749 Josh Smith Grand Valley State Texas '16, '17 Martinsville
25 759 Landon Whitson Lenoir-Rhyne Arizona '17 Forest City
25  761 Chris Vann Mercer Washington '16, '17 Savannah
25  762 Logan Mattix Georgia College Houston '17 Savannah
26  777 Tyler Jones Wichita State Miami '15 Wilmington
27 797 Jack Conley NC State Philadelphia '16 Fayetteville, '17 Holly Springs
27  813 Perry DellaValle Seton Hill St. Louis '16 Edenton, '18 Morehead City
28 841 Mitch Spires Winthrop Los Angeles (AL) '15 Petersburg / '16 Lexington
28 829 Brandt Stallings Georgia College Cincinatti '16 Lexington
28  849 Marshawn Taylor Grambling State Arizona '16, '17 Lexington
28 852 Joseph Gonzalez Stetson Houston '17 Fayetteville
28 853 Billy Wilson Loyola Maymount Cleveland '17 Edenton
29 858 Taylor Varnell Oral Roberts Chicago (NL) '17 Peninsula
29  881 Colton Pogue Pittsburgh Washington '17 Morehead City
30 889 Jacob Wyrick Middle Tennessee State Cincinatti '17 HP-Thomasville
30 906 Colt Harlow James Madison Colorado '16, '17 Peninsula
30 908 Drew Wharton Clemson Chicago (NL) '15 Florence
30 911 Trey Vickers Wichita State Washington  '16 Fayetteville
31 923 Alex Pantuso Slippery Rock Oakland '16 Holly Springs
31 932 Will Hancock Central Arkansas Kansas City '16 Peterburg
31 934 Zach Neff Mississippi State Minnesota '17 Fayetteville
32 945  Clark Brinkman Creighton Detroit '17 Asheboro
32  951 Cody Tyler Wichita State San Diego '15, '16 Wilmington
32 961 Jared Janczak Texas Christian Los Angeles (AL) '15 Wilson
32  963 Brandon Purcell Georgia College & State St. Louis '16 Petersburg / '17 Savannah
33  976 Austin Edgette Bloomsburg San Francisco '17 Fayetteville
33 977 Jake Kinney Tallahassee CC Philadelphia '17 Savannah
33 982 Mason Berne UNC Wilmington Atlanta '17 Wilmington
33  989 Reynaldo Pichardo Dawson CC Texas  '18 Edenton
33 992 Ted Cillis Hofstra Kansas City '17 Asheboro
33  997 Charlie Ruegger Stevens Institure of Tech New York (AL) '17 Forest City
34  1018 Nick Wegmann Binghamton Seattle '17 Edenton
34  1027 Matt McGarry Belmont Abbey New York '17 Gastonia
34 1032 Ben Gross Princeton Houston '17 Holly Springs
35 1042 Logan Brown Southern Indiana Atlanta '17, '18 Peninsula
35  1059 Alex King St. Louis Arizona '17 Wilson
36  1075 Matt Beaird Coastal Carolina Baltimore '17 Florence
37 1105 Andrew Ciolli Mercyhurst Baltimore '17 Martinsville
39  1165 Ted Stuka UC San Diego Baltimore '17 Wilson
40 1187 Waylon Richardson Kankakee CC Philadephia '17 HP-Thomasville
40 1204 Tyler Webb Memphis Minnesota '17 Florence