Categories crunchfx

Kentucky baseball players among top prospects

Many college and prep baseball players are hoping to see their names called when the 2024 MLB Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas.

The MLB draft ends on Tuesday, with 600 picks to be made over 20 rounds.

Here are some of the state’s top players who have a chance to be selected:

College: Kentucky

Location: Outfielder

2024 statistics: Ryan Waldschmidt was named to the second team All-SEC with a . 333 batting average, 14 home runs and 25 steals.

College: Kentucky

Location: Second goalkeeper

2024 statistics: Émilien Pitre was named a third-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association and made the SEC All-Defensive team. Pitre hit . 301 with 10 home runs and recorded 26 steals.

College: Louisville

Location: Outfielder

2024 statistics: JT Benson, who played at South Oldham High School, had the best year of his career for the Cardinals in 2024. He led the ACC and ranked seventh nationally with 34 stolen bases. He batted . 302 with 13 doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBIs.

College: Louisville

Location: Outfielder

2024 statistics: Eddie King Jr. led the Cardinals in home runs (14) and RBI (43) and finished the season with a . 322 batting average.

College: West Kentucky

Location: Carafe

2024 statistics: Mason Burns finished second nationally with 15 saves in 28 games, setting the Hilltoppers’ single-season record for saves. He posted a 4.00 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 36 innings. Burns was named a third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

College: Bellarmin

Location: First goalkeeper

2024 statistics: Casey Sorg was named first-team All-ASUN and led the Knights in nearly every hitting category. He batted . 348 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.

College: Kentucky

Location: Infielder

2024 statistics: In his first year with the Wildcats, Ryan Nicholson, who played for St. Xavier High School, led the team with 23 home runs. He batted . 306 and led the team with 63 RBI.

College: Kentucky

Location: Designated hitter

2024 statistics: Nick Lopez had the highest batting average (. 345) on the Wildcats, recording 79 hits. Lopez was named first team All-SEC and was named an All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

College: Louisville

Location: Carafe

2024 statistics: Evan Webster earned second-team All-ACC honors and recorded the best ERA (4.18) and WHIP (1.34) among all Cardinals pitchers who made at least five starts.

College: Louisville

Location: Jug

2024 statistics: Sebastian Gongora recorded a 6.14 ERA in 77 ⅔ innings and struck out 89 batters.

College: Kentucky

Location: Jug

2024 statistics: Walton’s Travis Smith went 3-4 in 37 ⅔ innings and posted a 6.21 ERA.

Reach sports reporter Prince James Story at [email protected] and follow him on X at @PrinceJStory.