Five Arizona State baseball players are head to the big leagues.
Canning, one of only five juniors on the 2018 roster, was selected by the Washington Nationals in the fifth round. The outfielder led the nation in triples, making both the All-Pac-12 and All-American first team.
Other juniors joining Canning in the major leagues are left-handed pitcher Connor Higgins and right-handed pitcher Fitz Stadler (Editor’s note: “Fitz Stadler” has got to be the best name in the history of names. Like, tell me that’s not a dude from either A) Dillon High School or B) Hogwarts). Higgins went in the 30th round to the Los Angeles Angels, Stadler in the 18th to the Toronto Blue Jays.
One senior, pitcher Eli Lingos, was selected in the 40-round draft. Lingos went in the 22nd round to the Cleveland Indians.
Catcher Lyle Lin was the only sophomore to be drafted, eligible because of his 21st birthday at the end of June, selected by the Houston Astros in the 29th round.
ASU also lost two of its 13 signees to the draft, both of them pitchers. Connor Van Scoyoc, whose brother Spencer will be a junior during the 2019 season at ASU, was picked by the Los Angeles Angels in the 11th round. Tyler McKay was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 16th round. Van Scoyoc has elected to turn pro, while McKay has not yet publicly made a decision.
The large draft class does not mean the end of the powerhouse phenomenon that was ASU baseball this season. If anything, it means that this is just the beginning. During the 2017 Draft, only one ASU player was selected for the MLB.
At this moment, the 2019 Sun Devil roster consists of seven juniors and two seniors, which is more upperclassmen power than the 2018 roster, not to mention the 11 freshmen that will be returning as sophomores in 2019, including Co-Freshman Player of the Year Spencer Torkelson.
The 2019 ASU Baseball team is still going to be very young by college baseball standards, but with another year of growth and experience behind them.
(Editor’s note, again: Seriously, I just can’t get over how great of a name “Fitz Stadler” is.)