Capital Region Players Put Stamp on 2016 MLB Draft

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by Corey Mansfield

Capital region players made their impact on the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. From high school standouts and college stars to former PGCBL summer league alumni it was a big weekend for baseball in the capital region.

Here are some notable draftees:

1st Round (3rd Overall) Ian Anderson, Atlanta Braves -  The Shenendehowa standout was selected 3rd overall by the Braves landing in an organization in need to young pitching. Anderson was committed to Vanderbilt University but I can't imagine him turning down a massive signing bonus to go to college. Looks like he'll start his career in rookie ball with Danville in the Appalachian League.

5th Round (142nd Overall) JaVon Shelby, Oakland Athletics - Shelby put up some solid power numbers for the Kentucky Wildcats hitting 12 home runs and 35 RBI. However, he only hit .212 on the season. He needs to work on his plate discipline and pitch selection. If he signs with the Athletics he'll probably end up with the Vermont Lake Monsters in the New York-Penn League. Shelby was a member of the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2014.

JaVon Shelby hitting for the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2014 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
7th Round (218th overall) Keith Skinner, New York Yankees - Skinner had a solid career at the University of North Florida. He played for the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2013 and should start his professional career with the Staten Island Yankees.

Keith Skinner catching for the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2013 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
8th Round (228th overall) John Sansone, Cincinnati Reds - Sansone had a stellar career for the Seminoles including an awesome 2016 campaign which saw him hit .374 with 9 home runs and 65 RBI. He was a machine averaging more than an RBI per game. He needs to work on his fielding. Look for Sansone to land in the Pioneer League with the Billings Mustangs but move up the ranks quickly. Sansone was a member of the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2013.

John Sansone playing for Amsterdam in 2013 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
8th Round (245th overall) Stephen Woods, San Francisco Giants - The Great Dane standout didn't have a great year posting a 4-5 record with a 5.57 ERA. However, the Giants rolled the dice seeing his potential. He's a workhorse who can eat innings. If he gets signed he'll start his career in the Arizona League.

10th Round (296th overall) Zach Remillard, Chicago White Sox - Remillard a native of Cohoes, NY has had an outstanding season for Coastal Carolina hitting .348 with 18 home runs and 67. Behind Remillard Coastal has advanced to the Super Regionals at the College World Series. After the college world series he'll most like start with the AZL White Sox or with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Zach Remillard playing for the Albany Dutchmen in 2014 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
15th Round (456th overall) - Mike Kaelin, Los Angeles Angels - Kaelin was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels out of the University of Buffalo. Kaelin appeared in 20 games for the Buffaloes and posted a 4.11 ERA with 5 saves. He played his summer ball for the Albany Dutchmen in 2014.

26th Round (792nd) - Ben Anderson, Toronto Blue Jays - Ben Anderson is the twin brother of 3rd overall pick Ian Anderson. The Shenendehowa standout has committed to Binghamton University and looks like that's where he'll go.

28th Round (844th overall) Jon Reid, Washington Nationals - As a junior Reid posted a 4-5 with a 3.97 ERA at Azusa Pacific University. He played for the Albany Dutchmen in the summer of 2015. It's tough to tell what Reid will do...sign a pro contract or return to school. I think he'll return to school.

Jon Reid pitching for the Albany Dutchmen in 2015 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
30th Round (912nd overall) Jake Fishman, Toronto Blue Jays  - Fishman becomes the first player drafted in history of Union College. He's an interesting player. As a pitcher he was 7-0 with an eye-popping 0.41 ERA. He also has a very deceptive motion for a left handed pitcher which made him appealing. What's even more interesting is that he played in all 40 games for the Dutchmen this year and hit .361.  Look for him to start his career with the Bluefield Blue Jays or Vancouver Canadians.

33rd Round (980th overall) Tyler Orris, Colorado Rockies - Orris was a standout at Millersville University in Pennsylvannia hitting .364 with 5 home runs and 33 RBI. He played in all 56 games for the Marauders. In 2013, he played his summer ball for the Albany Dutchmen. Orris will most likely start his career with the Boise Hawks in the Northwest League.

Tyler Orris with the Albany Dutchmen in the summer of 2013 (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

For a complete breakdown of the draft check out the MLB Draft Tracker. Also, Check out the complete list of PGCBL alumni to get drafted.

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