The Major League Baseball Draft started with silence in the North Florida, and South Georgia Region. Sure, Florida Matt LaPorta was taken with the 7th overall pick, but it wasn’t until the
third round that Seminoles star second baseman Tony Thomas Jr. was selected with the third pick of the round by the Chicago Cubs. And that was it for the local talent until day 2.
Seminole Junior Mark Gildea was selected 280th overall by the Nationals.
Then his fellow junior teammate Mark Hallberg, the Noles first year shortstop was grabbed by the Diamondbacks 3 picks later.
It wasn’t until the 11th round that FSU’s ace Bryan Henry was finally off the board. The same player who went from being a platoon third baseman to one of the greatest Seminoles starting pitchers of all-time was clearly hurt by his lack of a 90-miler-per-hour fastball. Something, he proved he could live with in a historic 2007 season.
Already with one TCC eagle on their team, the Reds hit up TCC baseball for a right-hander with Jonathan Conatser in the 28th round.
Ryan Strauss became Minnesota Twins property in the 35th round, not the best weather for an FSU Seminole.
Seminoles closer Danny Rosen went 149 picks later to the Diamondbacks in the 41st round, joining Hallberg.
Then we go high school to Thomas County Central where Billy Taylor’s nephew Austin is drafted by the Reds in the 43rd round.
We return to Mike Martin Field to pick up Jack Rye, a 46th Round Selection by the San Fran Giants.
Finally, with one round to spare Brandon Reichart, a former TCC Eagle and more recently a Seminole is selected by the Rockies in the 49th round.
The total tally, of the 1,453 draft selection, 8 came from the Florida State Seminoles.