Bits and Pieces From This Week's First-Year Player Draft

From the Offices of the Hall of Fame

Did you know that of the 1,214 players chosen in the 40 rounds, two Compensation rounds and two Competitive Balance rounds of the first-year player draft this week:

. • Pitchers were the most frequently chosen. There were 653 selected (500 RHP, 153 LHP). The rest of the 2018 pool was comprised of 230 infielders (100 shortstops, 50 third basemen, 40 second basemen, 31 first basemen and nine utility infielders), 215 outfielders, 115 catchers and one utility player.

• The University of Kentucky had 13 players selected, the most in the Draft. Three schools – Texas Tech University, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Wichita State University – each had 11 drafted. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina at Columbia each had 10 players selected, while the University of Oklahoma had nine players taken. Five schools produced eight players --  Tennessee Tech University, the University of Arizona, the University of Louisville, the University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt University.

• Players were selected from 47 states, with Alaska, Maine and Montana being the states to not produce a draft selection. The states that had the most players selected were California (187), Florida (158), Texas (114), Georgia (65), North Carolina (49), Illinois (39), Ohio (34), Arizona (31) and Pennsylvania (31). Fifty-one drafteligible foreign-born players were selected in the 40 rounds, including 30 players from Puerto Rico; 18 players from Canada; and one player each from the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands.

• The Padres selected Ryan Weathers, the son of former Major League pitcher David Weathers, with the seventh overall selection. Opening night selections also included:

• Brice Turang (21st overall, MIL), son of former Major Leaguer Brian Turang;

• Noah Naylor (29th overall, CLE), the brother of Padres Minor League first baseman Josh Naylor;

• Parker Meadows (44th overall, DET), the brother of Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows;

• Griffin Conine (52nd overall, TOR), the son of former All-Star Jeff Conine;

• Jonathan Bowlan (2nd round, KC), son of former Minor Leaguer Mark Bowlan;

• Alek Thomas (2nd round, ARI), son of Allen Thomas, the Chicago White Sox Director of Strength and Conditioning;

• Kody Clemens (3rd round, DET), son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens;

• Tristan Pompey (3rd round, MIA), brother of Toronto Blue Jays outfi elder Dalton Pompey;

• Mateo Gil (3rd round, STL), son of former Major Leaguer Benji Gil;

• Richard Palacios Jr. (3rd round, CLE), son of former Minor Leaguer Richard Palacios, nephew of former Major Leaguer Rey Palacios and brother of Blue Jays Minor Leaguer Josh Palacios;

• Aaron Ashby (4th round, MIL), nephew of former All-Star pitcher Andy Ashby;

• Kohl Franklin (6th round, CHI), nephew of former All-Star pitcher Ryan Franklin;

• J.J. Montgomery (7th round, BAL), brother of former Minor Leaguer Christian Montgomery;

• A.J. Graffanino (8th round, ATL), son of former Major Leaguer Tony Graffanino;

• Blaze Alexander (11th round, ARI), son of former Minor Leaguer Chuck Alexander;

• Stephen Kolek (11th round, LAD), brother of Miami Marlins Minor Leaguer Tyler Kolek;

• Nolan Kingham (12th round, ATL), brother of Pirates pitcher Nick Kingham;

• Cameron Sanders (12th round, CHI), son of former Major Leaguer Scott Sanders;

• Justin Lewis (12th round, ARI), cousin of NFL star Richard Sherman and cousin of former NBA player Chuck Hayes;

• George Bell-Santana (13th round, SF), son of 1987 AL Most Valuable Player George Bell;

• Xavier Valentin (19th round, TEX), son of former Major Leaguer Jose Valentin; • Parker Kelly (20th round, STL), brother of St. Louis Cardinals Minor Leaguer Carson Kelly;

• Ryan Tapani (21st round, WSH), son of former Major Leaguer Kevin Tapani;

• Ben Strahm (23rd round, SF), brother of Padres pitcher Matt Strahm;

• Logan Browning (24th round, BOS), son of former Major Leaguer Tom Browning;

• Cobi Johnson (30th round, TOR), son of former Major Leaguer and current Blue Jays bullpen coach Dane Johnson;

• Cody Staab (30th round, SEA), son of White Sox scout Keith Staab;

• Rigo Beltrán (31st round, SEA), son of former Major Leaguer and current Indians Minor League pitching coach Rigo Beltrán;

• Daniel Wasinger (31st round, ARI), son of Red Sox Special Assistant, Player Personnel Mark Wasinger;

• Edward Guzman (32nd round, CIN), son of former Major Leaguer Edwards Guzman;

• Zach Scott (32nd round, SEA), son of Miami Marlins Director, Player Development Dick Scott;

• Mike Piccolo (33rd round, NYM), son of Royals Assistant General Manager J.J. Piccolo;

• J.C. Correa (33rd round, HOU), brother of Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa;

• Alec Valenzuela (34th round, CWS), son of White Sox West Coast Crosschecker Derek Valenzuela;

• George Arias Jr. (34th round, SD), son of former Major Leaguer George Arias;

• Benito Santiago (34th round, STL), son of former All-Star and 1987 NL Rookie of the Year Benito Santiago;

• Wacy Crenshaw (34th round, ARI), son of Diamondbacks Director of Sports Medicine and Performance Ken Crenshaw;

• Tyler Baca (34th round, WSH), son of Nationals Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Baca;

• Logan Brown (35th round, ATL), son of former Major League catcher Kevin Brown;

• A.J. Bregman (35th round, HOU), brother of Astros third baseman Alex Bregman;

• Cannon King (37th round, CWS), son of longtime television personality Larry King;

• Antonio Cruz (37th round, HOU), son of former Major Leaguer Jose Cruz Jr. and grandson of former All-Star Jose Cruz;

• Adam Jacques (38th round, CIN), son of Reds Northwest Area Scout Rick Jacques;

• Nick Zona (38th round, NYM), son of Nationals Special Assistant to the General Manager Jeff Zona;

• Austin Piscotty (38th round, OAK), brother of Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty;

• Jack Montgomery (38th round, SEA), son of former Major Leaguer and current Brewers Vice President of Scouting Ray Montgomery;

• Bobby Milacki (38th round, WSH), son of former Major Leaguer Bob Milacki;

• Cole Beverlin (39th round, TOR), son of former Major Leaguer and current Blue Jays Area Scout Jason Beverlin;

• Jacob Maton (39th round, SEA), brother of Padres pitcher Phil Maton and Phillies Minor Leaguer Nick Maton;

• Adam Hackenberg (39th round, KC), brother of NFL quarterback Christian Hackenberg;

• Abdiel Layer (40th round, SF), brother of Giants Minor Leaguer Jose Layer;

• And Michael Menhart (40th round, WSH), son of former  ajor Leaguer and current Nationals Pitching Coordinator Paul Menhart.