List of players with Michigan ties who were selected in the MLB Draft

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While it does not get nearly the public and media recognition for a number of reasons, the MLB first-year player draft is always an exciting time in the sport, especially for clubs as they welcome in a new wave of prospects to their organization. Here in Michigan, meanwhile, it is always refreshing to see some local standouts see/hear their names selected throughout the week.

All in all, the state of Michigan saw 20 players with either high school or college ties get selected in the MLB Draft [Note: This list is subject to change as more out-of-state names with local high school ties surface]:

  • WILL ENGLISH, P
    • A native of Taylor, MI
    • Currently attending Detroit Western Int’l HS
    • 5th Round | Los Angeles Angels
    • Signed to play at the University of Tennessee but will reportedly sign with LAA
  • JAKE LEE, P
    • A native of Highland, MI
    • A graduate of Milford HS
    • Played three years at Oakland University; previously played at Hillsdale College (2014)
    • 9th Round | Los Angeles Angels
  • WILL TRIBUCHER, P
    • Played three years at the University of Michigan
    • 14th Round | Colorado Rockies
  • RILEY MCCAULEY, P
    • A native of Sterling Heights, MI
    • A graduate of S.H. Stevenson HS
    • Played three years at Michigan State University
    • 14th Round | Chicago Cubs
  • LUKE SHILLING, P
    • A native of Clarkston, MI
    • A graduate of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
    • Played three years at the University of Illinois
      • Only 7 games in 2017 due to injury; DNP in 2018
    • 15th Round | Chicago White Sox
      • Previously drafted in 20th Round by TEX in 2015
  • MIKE BRETTELL, P
    • Played at Central Michigan University
    • 15th Round | St. Louis Cardinals
  • GRANT WOLFRAM, P
    • A native of Hamilton, MI
    • A graduate of Hamilton HS
    • Played two years at Davenport University; previously played at Central Michigan (2016)
    • 18th Round | Texas Rangers
      • Previously drafted in 17th Round by DET in 2015
  • EVAN MARQUARDT, P
    • A native of Midland, MI
    • A graduate of Midland Dow HS; previously spent two years at Bullock Creek HS
    • Played three years at Ball State University
    • 20th Round | Cincinnati Reds
  • MAX SCHUEMANN, 2B
    • A native of Portage, MI
    • A graduate of Portage Northern HS
    • Played three years at Eastern Michigan University
    • 20th Round | Oakland Athletics
  • NICOLAS LAIO, P
    • Played three years at Western Michigan University
    • 20th Round | Texas Rangers
  • JOSH SMITH, P
    • A native of Saline, MI
    • A graduate of Saline HS
    • Played one year at Grand Valley State University; previously played at Kentucky (2017)
    • 25th Round | Texas Rangers
  • DAZON COLE, P/OF
    • A native of Pontiac, MI
    • A graduate of West Bloomfield HS
    • Played three years at Central Michigan University; previously played at Wabash Valley College [IL] (2015)
    • 25th Round | Los Angeles Angels
  • DANIEL ROBINSON, OF
    • A native of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
    • A graduate of Grosse Pointe North HS
    • Played three years at Central Michigan University
    • 29th Round | Los Angeles Dodgers
  • JARED TOBEY, P
    • A native of St. Clair, MI
    • A graduate of St. Clair HS
    • Played four years at Wayne State University
    • 30th Round | Detroit Tigers
  • CONNOR SMITH, SS
    • A native of Midland, MI
    • A graduate of Midland Down HS
    • Played three years at Western Michigan University
    • 30th Round | Cleveland Indians
  • JAYCE VANCENA, P
    • Played four years at the University of Michigan
    • 31st Round | Detroit Tigers
      • Previously drafted in 26th Round by TEX in 2014
  • JONATHAN ENGLEMANN, RF
    • Played three years at the University of Michigan
    • 31st Round | Cleveland Indians
  • BRYCE BUSH, 3B
    • Currently at Warren De La Salle Collegiate HS
    • 33rd Round | Chicago White Sox
    • Signed to play at Mississippi State University
  • SPENCER SCHWELLENBACH, P
    • Currently at Saginaw Heritage HS
    • 34th Round | Cleveland Indians
    • Signed to play at the University of Nebraska
  • SHEA PATTERSON, 3B
    • Played two years at quarterback for Ole Miss (2016-17)
    • Transferred to the University of Michigan in December 2017
      • Declared eligible by NCAA to play immediately in 2018
    • Has not played organized baseball since junior year in HS (2015)
    • 39th Round | Texas Rangers