Alabama was not spared on the first day of the draft Monday as Crimson Tide shortstop Mikey White was selected 63rd overall by the Oakland Athletics in the second round. White had been expected to be a high draft choice, and also had not been expected to return for his senior season in 2016.
The 2015 MLB Draft will continue today at Noon CDT with rounds 3-10 and wrap up with rounds 11-40 on Wednesday and more Bama juniors are expected to hear their names. Centerfielder Georgie Salem, rightfielder Casey Hughston, and infielder Kyle Overstreet have all been projected as likely to leave college for pro baseball a year early.
Unlike college football and basketball players leaving early for professional sports, baseball players do not declare for the draft. If a college player with eligibility remaining is drafted he will make a determination whether to return to college or to sign a pro contract.
White joins a list of just 11 players in Alabama history to be selected in the first or second round of the MLB Draft. Most recently, Spencer Turnbull was taken in the second round of 2014 draft by the Detroit Tigers, also with the 63rd pick.
White started all 60 games of his junior campaign and closed out the season as the team’s leader in average (.339), triples (6), runs scored (48), walks (31), hit-by-pitch (13), slugging (.537), and on-base percentage (.444), and multi-hit efforts (24). Defensively, White topped the squad with 177 assists.
The Birmingham native started all 184 games at shortstop during his three-year career with the Tide. He finished his career at Alabama with a .308 (211-685) average, while adding 132 runs and 98 RBI. He was named a 2013 All-SEC second team member while also being honored as a 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.