Bradenton, Fla - On the third day of the Major League Baseball Draft, three State College of Florida Manatees were selected. The third day of the draft featured selection of rounds 11-40.
Keshawn Lynch, a sophomore second baseman, was the first Manatee selected on Day 3. Lynch was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 14th round. He was third on the 2017 team with .341 batting average and produced 36 RBI's
Ryan Karstetter, infielder, was chosen in the 19th round by the Detroit Tigers. Karstetter was the Manatees leading hitter with a .363 batting average. He lead the team with total hits, doubles, triples, and RBI's. Karstetter was a first team selection the Suncoast All-Conference team.
In the 30th round, the Suncoast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Reilly Johnson was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays. The catcher was consistent behind the plate with a .994 fielding average. His .343 batting average was strong enough to rank second on the 2017 Manatees team. Johnson was selected to the first team Suncoast All-Conference team.
Two Manatees alumni were, also, selected on the second day of the draft. The Atlanta Braves selected Ryan Miller, a member of the 2016 Manatees baseball team and current member of the Clemson Tigers. In the 33rd round, the Pittsburgh Pirates picked Ryan Valdes who just completed his senior season at University of South Florida. Valdes was a standout with the 2014 SCF baseball team.