The 2017 MLB Draft has come and gone, and a number of D.C. area players were selected on Wednesday. Some high school players will likely elect to not sign professional contracts and honor their college commitments, while college juniors will decide between honoring their senior seasons or taking the next step.
In the first round, former Stone Bridge All-Met pitcher J.B. Bukauskas was drafted by the Astros. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the locals selected on the third and final day of the draft.
Riverdale Baptist RHP Harold Cortijo, selected by the New York Yankees in the 14th round (422nd pick)
The 2017 All-Mets player of the year went 11-0 with 0.55 ERA and 86 strikeouts as a senior. He was equally impressive at the plate, hitting .537 with 33 RBI. The Seminole State Community College commit worked out for the Yankees last month.
West Potomac right-hander Billy Lescher, selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 17th round (515th overall)
Went 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA as a junior at Penn, in addition to putting together an 11.2 innings scoreless streak stretching across three weeks.
T.C. Williams third baseman Tyler Ratliff, selected by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round (524th overall)
Hit .295 with 11 homers as a junior at Marshall University. Drove in 47 runs in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
Westfield right-hander John Ghyzel, selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 18th round (527th round)
Rochester junior earned second-team All-Liberty League honors, compiling a 3-2 record with a 4.25 ERA.
Battlefield 1B Nicholas Feight, selected by the San Diego Padres in the 19th round (558th overall)
As a junior at UNC Wilmington, Feight hit .293 with 15 homers and 48 RBI. Split time between catcher and designated hitter in college, where he led the nation with a school-record 91 RBI as a sophomore.
Oakton CF Joey Bartosic, selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 19th round (566th overall)
The two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference team member hit .333 with 14 doubles a team-high 24 stolen bases as a senior at George Washington.
Loudoun Valley right-hander Will Reed, selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round (598th overall)
Harford Community College sophomore was named to the Region 20 Division I team. He is committed to West Virginia.
Landon School center fielder Randy Bednar, selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 27th round (800th overall)
Second-team All-Met is expected to honor his University of Maryland commitment.
Old Mill shortstop Jeremy Arocho, selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 27th round (820th overall)
The Northwest Florida State commit was named an All-Met honorable mention as a junior in 2016.
Riverdale Baptist right-hander Ryan Selmer, selected by the New York Mets in the 31st round (937th overall)
The redshirt junior ranks second in University of Maryland history with 85 career appearances and fifth with 12 career saves.
Chopticon catcher Robby Kidwell, selected by the New York Mets in the 36th round (1,087th overall)
The UNC Wilmington commit hit .298 with four homers and 30 RBI this season at Brunswick Community College.