After a hyped up pre-season and a promising start, the bat Cats ended the year on a very low note. Despite that, they ended up having the most players selected in the draft from any team in the country.
So what happened?
It was a prime illustration of how much talent was on this year’s club, which makes it even more devastating that the season ended on such a sour note. The Cats had been out of the Top 25 rankings for a few weeks but still had a strong strength of schedule and RPI. Unfortunately the council was more focused on performance in conference play, which is totally understandable.
No matter what conference a team is in, they need to compete and finishing the regular season below .500 just will not cut it.
The finish was very underwhelming but hopefully with the new class and stadium, the program can turn a new leaf and become more of a “baseball school,” something they were hoping to do this year after breaking so many school records in the previous season.
The team either rested on their laurels after the success in the 2017 season or just underestimated what they were up against because they certainly did not play to their potential. It was heartbreaking for both the team and the fans.
The 2018 MLB Draft
Besides the disappointing season, we should all be very happy and proud of each player that got drafted. They worked their tail off this year and proved to many scouts just how talented they were.
Sean Hjelle was unsurprisingly the first to be chosen but after such a poor performance this season, many were shocked that he was chosen so high and other pitchers who had a much better record, were not as sought-after. But, there are some intangibles that you just can’t teach; being 6-foot-11.
A huge congratulations to the 13 players that were chosen and best of luck to them as they move on to the professional scene.
Players drafted, in order:
All of BBN will be rooting for each of these guys as they pursue a career at the next level!