Thomas Mirabelli, Hayden Edwards, and Tyler Watson were all drafted in the MLB first-year player draft. Each have until July 13th to sign with their respective teams who drafted them or enroll at Kansas to play baseball.
Mirabelli was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 856th pick. He is an infielder who hit .450 last season in Rocky River, Ohio. Mirabelli led the St. Edwards High School to the high school championship as a senior. He is the son of Cleveland Indians Vice President John Mirabelli.
Edwards, standing in at 6-foot-nine, was rated as the top high school player from the state of Kansas as a pitcher. He was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 943rd pick. Edwards led his high school, Blue Valley to a runner-up finish in 5A baseball last month.
Watson, another pitcher was picked by the Washington Nationals with the 1,134 pick. Watson, starred as a two-sport star while at Georgetown High School. Watson earned all-state honors last season as a kicker in football and pitcher.
The three guys would certainly add some life to the Kansas baseball team which finished last season at 24-34. The team showed flashes of brilliance in knocking off ranked teams Texas and Texas A&M, yet couldn’t quite put it all together.