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Starting tomorrow, the three-day long Major League Baseball first-year player draft will bring nerves, excitement, and potential careers for a few local baseball players.
This morning, MLB released a list of potential draft prospects, including:
IOLANA AKAU* – C / SAINT LOUIS
MARCUS DOI* – OF / MID PACIFIC
HARLEY HOLT – RHP / PUNAHOU/CSU-NORTHRIDGE
ANDREW JONES – LHP / UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I
MARK KARAVIOTIS – SS / MAUI
TANNER NISHIOKA – 3B / IOLANI
MICHAEL SUITER – OF / PUNAHOU/KANSAS
KEAN WONG* – C / WAIAKEA
*signed letter of intent to the University of Hawai’i
Left off of the list, but definitely on many teams’ lists is University of Hawai’i shortstop Pi’ikea Kitamura, a first-team All-WAC selection in 2012 that hit .251 with 24 RBI’s in the prestigious wood bat Cape Cod summer league.
Also left off are University of Hawai’i starting pitchers Corey MacDonald and Connor Little, both of which have a shot of their name getting called by a big league squad. Among others not listed is Waianae graduate Ben McQuown of Campbell University, who lead Division-1 in stolen bases with 54.
Rounds 1 and 2 take place Thursday starting at 1:00 HST, with 3-10 on Friday beginning at 6:30 am, and 11-40 on Saturday set for 7:00 am.