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21 Anglers selected in 2023 MLB Draft

by Graham Dietz
Thursday, July 13, 2023

21 Anglers selected in 2023 MLB Draft
Twenty one Anglers were drafted in the 2023 MLB Draft, which took place from July 9 to July 11.

Six Chatham players were chosen from this season’s roster, the highest being outfielder Matthew Etzel from Southern Mississippi. In the past six years, 126 players have been selected from the organization. The Cape Cod Baseball League also dominated the draft as 219 CCBL alumni were selected this year, which is 35.5% of all draft selections and 44.3% of all college players drafted.

Here’s what you need to know about the 21 former and current Chatham players who landed opportunities with major league organizations.

Brandon Sproat | Round 2 Pick 56 | New York Mets | Florida | 2021

Sproat, who became the first former Angler to be selected in the 2023 MLB Draft, pitched two total innings for Chatham in 2021, recording two strikeouts and three earned runs. In 2023, as a Gator, the righty produced a 4.66 ERA in 106.1 innings pitched. Sproat was drafted in 2022 by the Mets as well in the third round.

Caden Grice | Round 2 Pick 64 | Arizona Diamondbacks | Clemson | 2021, 2022

Grice played as both a position player and a pitcher for the A’s, which was also his role at Clemson. In 127 at-bats on the Cape in 2022, Grice tallied 27 hits and 16 walks but struck out 56 times. In 10.2 innings for Chatham the same year, the six-foot-six hybrid player struck out 13 batters and allowed zero earned runs. Grice manufactured a .307 batting average and a 3.35 ERA, respectively, for the Tigers in 2023.

Josh Rivera | Round 3 Pick 81 | Chicago Cubs | Florida | 2021

Rivera, a shortstop who tallied 29 hits with the Anglers in 2021, batted .348 in 256 at-bats this season, helping guide the Gators to a College World Series Final. Rivera only notched one home run with Chatham but left yard 19 times this past season with Florida. The six-foot-two infielder played four collegiate seasons in Gainesville, Fla.

Nolan McLean | Round 3 Pick 91 | New York Mets | Oklahoma State | 2021

McLean, the second former Angler to be selected by the Mets in 2023, is one of many Oklahoma State products to go through former Chatham manager Tom Holliday, a previous OSU head coach and father of the current OSU head coach, Josh Holliday. McLean tallied 31 hits in 124 at-bats in 2023 after notching 69 hits in 242 at-bats in 2022 as a Cowboy. During the 2021 summer, the six-foot-four righty batter manufactured a .261 batting average with two home runs.

Cooper Ingle | Round 4 Pick 125 | Cleveland Guardians | Clemson | 2022

Ingle is a true catcher but played multiple stints in the outfield with the Tigers. His .328 batting average in 2023 was good for third on Clemson’s roster and so was his on-base percentage of .417. The lefty also totaled 34 RBIs last season. Amid a poor offensive season for Chatham in 2022, Ingle was a bright spot, batting .252 in 153 at-bats.

Roc Riggio | Round 4 Pick 129 | New York Yankees | Oklahoma State | 2022

Riggio managed a .200 batting average and 19 RBIs with the A’s in 2022. He struck out 37 times, however. Tabbed a Freshman All-America First Team performer by D1Baseball in 2022 with a .295 clip, the lefty infielder improved his hitting with a .335 batting average in 2023, along with 18 home runs.

Marcus Brown | Round 5 Pick 138 | Washington Nationals | Oklahoma State | 2022

Another Cowboy, Brown played for Chatham in 2022 and registered a .236 batting average and .319 on-base percentage. In 60 games with OSU in 2023, the lefty batter plated 57 hits, 14 walks and nine home runs. Brown’s 36 RBIs this past season were his most in a single season in college.

Jake Deleo | Round 6 Pick 173 | Miami Marlins | Georgia Tech | 2021, 2022

In both of Deleo’s seasons for the Anglers, the righty outfielder went up to bat at least 110 times. In 2022, Deleo notched a .234 batting average and improved to a .248 clip in 2023 with a .326 on-base percentage. Deleo’s .365 batting average was third on Georgia Tech’s roster last season and he also jacked 14 homers.

Nate Nankil | Round 7 Pick 196 | Oakland Athletics | Cal State Fullerton | 2022

Nankil slashed .316/.384/.468 as a junior in 2023. The righty batter and outfielder totaled 39 RBIs and 23 walks last season as well. With Chatham, in 2022, Nankil only went up to the plate 26 times in 14 games but he batted .269 with four walks.

Matthew Etzel | Round 10 Pick 301 | Baltimore Orioles | Southern Mississippi | 2023

To acting manager Marty Lees’ good fortune, Etzel’s campaign with the Anglers is far from over. The lefty outfielder recorded his first home run of his A’s career on Sunday, July 9, blasting a three-RBI shot into right field at Whitehouse Field to pull within one run in an eventual 7–6 loss to Harwich. As of July 9, Etzel owns a .265 batting average on the Cape. The Golden Eagle produced a .317 batting average in the 2023 collegiate season.

Matt Wilkinson | Round 10 Pick 308 | Cleveland Guardians | Central Arizona | 2023

Wilkinson’s tenure with the A’s was nearly perfect. In nine innings for Chatham, neither of which were a start, the JUCO product allowed no earned runs while striking out 10 total batters. Wilkinson, who’s nicknamed “Tugboat,” boasted a .037 opponent batting average in his two weeks with the organization and only relinquished one hit and one walk in his Angler career.

Brian Hendry | Round 10 Pick 312 | New York Yankees | Oklahoma State | 2022

Hendry transferred from St. John’s to OSU for his junior year. Though he did not play in 2022 due to injury, Hendry pitched in 10 wins in 2023 as a Cowboy. The six-foot-four righty totaled a 6.63 ERA in 36.2 innings pitched and only walked 14 batters all season while fanning 51 batters. In three games with Chatham, Hendry’s 2.70 ERA jumped off the page.

Cam Brown | Round 10 Pick 313 | Philadelphia Phillies | Texas Christian | 2022

Brown recorded a 7.00 ERA in nine total innings with the Anglers but helped lead the Horned Frogs to a semifinals exit in the 2023 College World Series. Brown produced a 5.20 ERA in 55.1 innings pitched last season. Before joining Chatham, the six-foot-three right-handed hurler notched a 4.42 ERA in the 2022 collegiate season. A year prior, he managed a 1.93 ERA with TCU but in just 9.1 innings.

Carter Trice | Round 12 Pick 356 | Chicago Cubs | North Carolina State | 2023

In seven games with the A’s this summer, Trice hit .300 and tabbed an OPS of .962. The right-handed utility player was an immediate starter when he arrived on the Cape, mostly taking reps in the outfield. In 117 at-bats with the Wolfpack in 2023, Trice registered a .248 batting average and homered four times in his first 10 games of the season.

Hayden Durke | Round 13 Pick 385 | Arizona Diamondbacks | Rice | 2022, 2023

Durke tallied 16 strikeouts across 14.1 innings with Chatham including three starts in 2023. Durke broke his arm during his first summer with the A’s and didn’t play in 2023. But, in 2022 before he showed up on the Cape, the hard-throwing righty appeared in 10 games at Louisiana, fanning 46 batters along the way.

Dylan Carmouche | Round 15 Pick 450 | San Francisco Giants | Tulane | 2021

Carmouche racked up an impressive 22 strikeouts in just 16.2 innings with the Anglers. The left-hander earned First Team All-American Athletic Conference honors in 2022 and pitched 90.0 innings in 2023, totaling an ERA of 5.80. Carmouche struck out 102 batters last season and walked just 40.

Logan Britt | Round 17 Pick 504 | Los Angeles Angels | Abilene Christian | 2021

The six-foot-five, 220-pound outfielder logged eight hits, including a home run, with Chatham two years ago. Britt posted a .354 batting average last season with the Wildcats, adding 12 home runs and 46 RBIs in the process.

Carlos Rey | Round 17 Pick 505 | Arizona Diamondbacks | Nova Southeastern | 2022, 2023

Rey was one of the longest-tenured players on Chatham’s 2023 roster before leaving mid-season. The lefty hurler posted an ERA of 5.57 on the Cape in 2022 after managing a 1.39 ERA at Nova Southeastern. Rey improved that mark to a 5.06 with the A’s in 2023 in four games. Rey pitched 82.1 innings last season with the Sharks, notching 102 strikeouts along the way.

Kade Bragg | Round 17 Pick 507 | Minnesota Twins | Angelo State | 2021

In just four appearances for the A’s, Bragg didn’t allow a single earned run and struck out three batters. He only walked two batters and recorded one hit against in his time on the Cape. At Angelo State this past season, Bragg carried an ERA of 1.20 in 104.2 innings pitched.

Tanner Witt | Round 18 Pick 541 | Baltimore Orioles | Texas | 2021, 2023

Witt fell much further in the draft than many expected—he was the No. 22 overall pitcher in the draft according to D1Baseball. He is also expected to come back to Chatham this season. In his second start this season, Witt tallied five strikeouts and didn’t surrender a single run and just one hit in a four-inning outing.

Owen Stevenson | Round 19 Pick 573 | Tampa Bay Rays | Arizona State | 2022

Stevenson, a right-handed pitcher, put up a sturdy 3.09 ERA in 20.1 innings for Chatham last season, posting 12 total strikeouts as well. The six-foot-four hurler transferred from UC Santa Barbara to play for the Sun Devils and notched a 6.04 ERA in 2023.