Despite Shortened MLB Draft, Nine Future Stars Series Alums Selected In 2020

June 11, 2020

Despite an unprecedented reduction in the MLB Draft this year, the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15 still saw nine players who’d played for them selected in just five rounds.

That included a new record of four players taken in the first round, breaking the previous mark of two established in 2018 when Grayson Rodriguez and Noah Naylor were selected by the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians.  Daniel Espino was the FSS’ third-ever first-rounder when the Indians took him last year.

This year, Zac Veen led the charge and became the highest-drafted alum in FSS history when the Colorado Rockies took him with the ninth overall pick.  They also took fellow Scorpions Baseball teammate Drew Romo later in the round.  Mick Abel and Justin Lange went to the Phillies and Padres, respectively.

Tyler Soderstrom, who unfortunately never got to play for the FSS after being invited to International Week (following a big FSS combine showing) but being unable to attend, was also selected 26th overall by the Oakland Athletics.

Below, please find a list of all FSS game alums taken this year, complete with a link to their FSS Draft page, which includes all video and quick scouting reports from CEO Jeremy Booth.

41 players who have played in games for the Future Stars Series have gone on to be drafted by Major League Baseball over the last three years, with a combined projection in signing bonuses of over $38 M.

9) Zac Veen, Rockies
15) Mick Abel, Phillies
34) Justin Lange, Padres
35) Drew Romo, Rockies
63) Markevian “Tink” Hence, Cardinals
82) David Calabrese, Angels
95) Petey Halpin, Indians
128) Marco Raya, Twins
147) Koen Moreno, Cubs

Mike Ashmore