Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft:
|229||8||Rays||Riley O'Brien||story||C. of Idaho||RHP|
|269||9||Marlins||Cameron Baranek||story||Hope International||CF|
|293||10||Phillies||Connor Brogdon||story||Lewis-Clark State||RHP|
|426||14||Giants||Michael Sexton||story||The Master's||3B|
|569||19||Marlins||Micah Brown||story||Lewis-Clark State||SS|
|637||21||Mets||Aaron Ford||Tennessee Wesleyan||LHP|
|641||21||Red Sox||Lukas Young||story||Mobile||RHP|
|664||22||Cardinals||Kevin Hamann||Lewis-Clark State||RHP|
|678||23||Padres||Luis Roman||story||Texas Wesleyan||3B|
|681||23||A's||Mailik Jones||story||Missouri Baptist||RHP|
|750||25||Royals||Tyler James||William Carey||CF|
|818||27||Orioles||Nick Vichio||Missouri Baptist||RHP|
|834||28||Brewers||Roberto Delgado||story||Oklahoma City||RHP|
|869||29||Marlins||Henry McAree||Lewis-Clark State||RHP|
|905||30||Tigers||Kyle Thomas||story||Northwestern Ohio||RHP|
|912||30||Indians||Zack Draper||C. of Idaho||LHP|
|949||32||Rays||Seaver Whalen||Lewis-Clark State||3B|
|976||33||Twins||J.J. Robinson||Lewis-Clark State||1B|
|987||33||White Sox||Kevin George||Menlo||LHP|
|1041||35||A's||Cooper Golby||Lewis-Clark State||C|
|1089||36||Blue Jays||Jonathan Cheshire||story||Davenport||RHP|
More to come...
Schedule for the first two days of the 61st NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):
8:30 AM: #7 seed Science and Arts of Oklahoma (47-15) vs. #10 The Master's (39-21)
Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chikasha, OK) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went two-and-out last year, and were taken out by The Master's. The Drovers win the United Nations award for the second straight year; they have an Australian, five Puerto Ricans, and a Dominican Republican.
Rankings: #19 in coaches' poll, #27 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #37
Quality wins: 3-1 vs. Bellevue, Davenport, 3-1 vs. Friends, Oklahoma Baptist
Top position players: UTL Christian Perez (.434, 10 HR, 59 RBI, Bayamon, Puerto Rico), RF Randy Ventura (.429, 10 HR, 52 RBI, Carolina, Puerto Rico), C Dillon White (.410, 15 HR, 80 RBI). White's 80 RBI are fifth-best in the NAIA.
Top pitchers: LHP Francis Ventura (10-1, 1.64 ERA, 88 K), LHP Jose Hidalgo (9-1, 2.04 ERA, 85 K), RHP Ruddy Estrella (1-1, 2.49 ERA, 29 K), LHP Carson Korff (8-0, 2.56 ERA, 52 K). Ventura's ERA is third-lowest in the NAIA, and lowest of the pitchers in this tournament. Hidalgo's ERA is 15th-lowest.
Coach: Mike Ross, 13th season
Outlook: The Drovers had to beat a really good Bellevue team twice and a good Davenport team to get here. This is a tough first round matchup for both teams.
The Master's (Santa Clarita, CA) is making their fourth appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went 1-2 in last year's tournament. The win was 6-1 over Science and Arts of Oklahoma; RHP Brad Lohse pitched a complete game. They won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament by winning five straight after losing the opening game.
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #7 in ISR. SoS: #6
Quality wins: 4-1 vs. Menlo, 2-0 vs. Georgia Gwinnett. Defeated Hope International twice in GSAC tournament.
Top position players: C Jonah Jarrard (.413, 12 HR, 46 RBI), 3B Michael Sexton (.401, 16 HR, 59 RBI), CF Max Maitland (.351), SS Aaron Shackelford (.316, 14 HR, 50 RBI), 1B David Sheaffer (262, 8 HR, 59 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Danny Lutz (2-1, 2.53 ERA, 29 K), RHP Aaron Alexander (10-4, 2.84 ERA, 95 K), RHP Robert Winslow (8-5, 2.92 ERA, 97 K), RHP Jason Karkenny (5-2, 4.28 ERA, 49 K)
Coach: Monte Brooks, 21st season
Outlook: After a slow start, the Mustangs went 24-4 since March 25, and enter this tournament with a nine-game winning streak. Preview from The Master's College.