Just seven picks after the Houston Astros selected Jake Adams, the Baltimore Orioles have drafted another familiar face, senior Mason McCoy, with the 188th pick of the MLB Draft.
Mason McCoy was a two-year starter at the University of Iowa after transferring from Illinois Central Community College, where he was a two-time All-American. In 2017, McCoy improved from what was already a solid 2016 campaign, slashing .328/.394/.474 with five home runs and 34 runs batted in, all of which were improvements from the year before (except for RBI, where he matched his total).
This is the first time McCoy has been drafted after being snubbed in 2016. He received a positive grades from teams and was considered to be a popular candidate for the top 10 rounds, and while he was offered contracts from a few teams, he ultimately ended up returning to Iowa for his senior campaign.
Out of eligibility, McCoy will definitely be signing with the Orioles this summer and will likely head to one of their Single-A affiliates. Baltimore has a “High-A” team, the Frederick Keys, and a “regular-A” club, the Delmarva Shorebirds.
McCoy continues what has become a strong tradition of shortstops being drafted by the Hawkeyes, as he’s the third in four years to be drafted. Nick Roscetti was drafted by the Brewers in the 26th round in 2016, while before him Jake Yacinich was taken by the Angels in the 8th round of the 2014 Draft.