Three Buckeyes Selected in 2013 MLB Draft

By Vico on June 9, 2013 at 8:07a

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.

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.


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Triv's picture

A kid I played with in high school got picked in the 3rd round, real excited for him (unfortunately he went to UM)

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Jordan Wagner's picture

Congrats to Pellant, Goldberg, and McKinney. 

Another note: No OSU signees were drafted. Could be taken as good or bad news. Good? We won't have to compete with the MLB to get them on campus for next season. Bad? Maybe they just aren't elite prospects. 

Greg Beals and Ohio State really missed out on a big time prospect from Sandusky, Ohio last year. Xavier Turner was verballed committed to Ohio State, but switched to Vanderbilt. He has been huge for Vanderbilt this season. Freshman All-American and batting 2nd and playing 3rd base for the #2 team in the nation. I actually went to school with Xavier before he transferred to a cross town school after his sophomore year. Special talent. 

Overall, coach Beals has started to recruit better. It'll take a few more years.