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Program 15 Alums Featured In Baseball America’s Top 500 MLB Draft Rankings

May 5, 2018

In the most recent installment of Baseball America’s Top 500 MLB Draft Rankings — updated 5/4 — 11 members of the inaugural New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series International Week event are featured and ranked as follows:

#22 Grayson Rodriguez
#34 Noah Naylor
#98 Dominic Pipkin
#198 Kaleb Hill
#248 Vinny Tosti
#273 Mateo Gil
#298 Mason Ronan
#335 Sean Guilbe
#372 Yeankarlos Lleras
#394 Franco Aleman
#467 Damon Casetta-Stubbs

Rodriguez, a 6-4, 240 pound Texas A&M commit, seems like a lock to be selected in the first round after gaining velocity following his appearance with Program 15 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land last summer.

“Right now, I’m not really worried about the draft,” Rodriguez told P15.  “We’re in our high school playoffs right now, and that’s kind of been my main focus, is to go back to state and hopefully win us another state championship.  I’m trying my best to focus on high school baseball right now and just win week-by-week to stay alive.”

It’s hard, however, for Rodriguez to ignore the bevy of scouts that have continued to flock to his outings.

“There’s been quite a few scouts at each game that I’ve thrown, there’s usually about 20 to 30 there,” he said.  “I just try to do my best to not pay attention to them and just treat them like they’re fans and just go out on focus on the ballgame.  The first couple of outings, it was different.  As soon as you lift your leg up to throw, you see all the (radar) guns in the background raise up.  It grew on me, I got used to it.  Now, at this point, it doesn’t even bother me.  It was kind of nerve-wracking at the beginning, but as the season went on, it became normal and I expected it, so it became easier to deal with.”

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore is a veteran baseball writer with 15 years experience in the business.He's covered the last four World Series, and has also worked everything ranging from the MLB All-Star Game to the World Baseball Classic.In addition to his role working for Program 15, the 34-year-old New Jersey native currently serves as the beat writer of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League as well as national hockey writer and New York Giants beat reporter for The Trentonian.Ashmore has worked the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Frozen Four, Daytona 500, major UFC events and much more as he approaches 2,000 games covered in his career.
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