The Major League Baseball Draft is probably the least prominent draft of all the major sports, certainly less visible than the NFL Draft or the NBA Draft. Nonetheless, it still has the symbolic importance of drafting amateur athletes, like those from Ohio State, into the professional sport they love.
This year's Major League Baseball draft saw three Buckeyes selected. The first was pitcher Brad Goldberg, who was selected by the Chicago White Sox with the 303rd overall pick (10th round). Brad Goldberg was 6-1 this season in 15 starts, earning a 2.99 ERA.
White Sox 10th round: Bradley Goldberg, RHP, Ohio State. 5th year senior. 6-4, 225. Potential reliever. Two prior years at Coastal Carolina— FutureSox.com (@FutureSox) June 7, 2013
The next Buckeye selected was Brett McKinney, taken in the 19th round with the 569th overall pick to the Pittsburgh Pirates. McKinney was a regular for the Buckeyes as a reliever. He tallied 25 appearances, a 4-4 record, and a 2.66 ERA as a senior.
The final Buckeye taken in this draft was Jon Pellant, taken by the Anaheim Angels with the 787th pick overall (26th round). Pellant came to Ohio State after two years at an Arizona junior college. He quickly became a regular for the Buckeyes, appearing in 108 games for his two seasons in scarlet and gray and starting all but two games. He had a .315 batting average as a senior.
As always, we wish our program alumni the best as they pursue a professional career in the sport for which they played at Ohio State.