Eight former and current AppleSox players had their name called by Major League teams last week, and have been drafted for the opportunity to start their professional baseball careers.
James Kaprielian, a 2012 AppleSox pitcher from UCLA, was drafted 16th overall by the New York Yankees, jumping Marco Gonzales to become the highest-drafted player in AppleSox history. Gonzales was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 19th pick in the 2013 draft. He still holds the record as fastest former AppleSox pitcher to the majors, after being drafted.
Here is a look at the rest of the former (and one current/one originally incoming) AppleSox players drafted last week:
2015 APPLESOX, MLB DRAFT
James Kaprielian, UCLA, (2012 AppleSox), Round 1, Pick 16, New York Yankees
Tyler Nevin, UCLA-commit, (Incoming 2015 AppleSox), CBA, Pick 38, Colorado Rockies
Mitchell Gunsolus, Gonzaga, (2012 AppleSox), Round 10, Pick 291, Boston Red Sox
Ty Moore, UCLA, (2012 AppleSox), Round 12, Pick 367, Pittsburgh Pirates
Reign Letkeman, Big Bend CC, (2014/2015 AppleSox), Round 23, Pick 688, Tampa Bay Rays
Ty Jackson, Lewis-Clark State, (2014 AppleSox), Round 32, Pick 958, Tampa Bay Rays
Nate Esposito, Concordia, (2014 AppleSox), Round 33, Pick 999, Kansas City Royals
Taylor Jones, Gonzaga, (2012 AppleSox), Round 35, Pick 1,043, Chicago Cubs
All of the AppleSox players drafted above remain unsigned with their respective organizations.
The AppleSox had 34 players in professional baseball as of May 1, 2015. Three are currently at the Major League level: Jason Hammel (Chicago Cubs), Tommy Milone (Minnesota Twins), and Blaine Hardy (Detroit Tigers).