Three More Tide Baseball Players Drafted

The damage to Alabama baseball of the 2015 Major League Draft was not insignificant. Three Tide players were taken on the final day of the draft, bringing to six the number of current Bama players. Two signees in the 2015-16 class were also drafted.

Alabama baseball’s Kyle Overstreet, Will Carter, and Georgie Salem were selected on the final day of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Overstreet and Carter were selected in the 14th round of the draft, with Overstreet going to the San Diego Padres at pick 418 and Carter following five selections later to the New York Yankees, while Salem was taken in the 39th round with the 1,156th overall pick.

The Crimson Tide had five players drafted before the start of the 15th round, the most taken during that time in program history. Alabama closed out the 2015 MLB Draft with six total selections, the most players taken since 2010.

Priof to the end of the draft, Alabama players selected were shortstop Mikey White, right fielder Casey Hughston, and pitcher Taylor Gilbeau. All but Gilbeau have college eligibility remaining. Being drafted does not end eligibility for a baseball player, so until contracts are signed, there is a possibility of some of those drafted returning to the Tide.

Overstreet started all 60 games this past season, acting as the team’s primary second baseman while also making starts at catcher and third base. He committed just five errors and ranked second in assists with 146 on his way to earning All-SEC Defensive Team honors at second base. The junior closed out the season with 41 runs scored and 38 RBI, totals that ranked second on the team, and batted .281 (66-235). A steady presence in the box, Overstreet put together two double-digit hitting streaks along with a six and five-game streak by season’s end.

Carter started out the season as the Crimson Tide’s Saturday starter before moving into a bullpen role. Coming out of the bullpen, Carter went a perfect 2-0 with an unblemished 0.00 ERA with 10 strikeouts across his eight innings of work. The junior collected wins in each of his last three regular-season outings of the year and was a major part of the Tide’s late-season push to the conference tournament.

Salem closed out his junior campaign playing in all 60 games, starting 59 of them, and finished with a .276 average. He set career-highs in doubles (12), triples (4), home runs (3), runs scored (40), stolen bases (17) and slugging percentage (.395). The junior led the team in stolen bases, while committing a team-low one error in the field. Carrying over from last season, Salem went 86 consecutive games without an error to surpass Jeremy Brown’s total of 84 (2000-02) for the Alabama all-time errorless games streak.

The Tide’s 2016 commits Mike Nikorak (1st round, 27th overall, Colorado Rockies) and Cobie Vance (16th, 484th overall, Cleveland Indians) were also selected in the draft.


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