BOCA RATON, Fla. – Wednesday’s third and final day of the 2018 MLB Draft saw five more Florida Atlantic University baseball players come off the board, for a total of six Owls chosen by big league organizations throughout the proceedings. The group taken Wednesday was: Twin 13th round picks taken within two selections of one another, Cody Wilson and Kyle Marman; Jake Miednik, in the 20th round; David Miranda, five rounds later; and Matt Harris, who went in the 33rd.
Wilson, a redshirt sophomore centerfielder who just came to the Owls in 2018, and Marman, a junior righthanded pitcher that started the year in the rotation before suffering a season-ending injury, went as picks 401 and 403, to the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians, respectively.
Miednik, this year’s Friday night starting pitcher and senior lefthander, joins Marman in the Indians’ organization, going as the next-to-last pick of the 20th, after playing his final two years at FAU. Fellow senior Miranda is now with the New York Mets, six selections into the 25th, also after a two-year Owl career, mostly in rightfield.
Last but not least, Harris transferred to FAU as the first fifth-year grad student in program history. He became a key member of the Owls’ bullpen, especially down the stretch, and was rewarded by being chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays. Wednesday’s quintet joins junior shortstop Tyler Frank, chosen in the second round as pick No. 56 on Monday by Tampa Bay, as the Owls’ representatives in this year’s draft.
All-time, five former Owls have been drafted into the Nationals’ organization, with Wilson following pitcher Michael Sylvestri (29th round, 2013), shortstop Nick Arata (28th round, 2008), outfielder Dan Cook (20th round, 2007) and pitcher Justin Phillabaum (29th round, also in 2007). FAU never had a player drafted by the franchise’s previous iteration, the Montreal Expos. Cleveland makes Marman and Miednik their second and third FAU alumni, after only pitcher Ken Wagner prior, in the 24th round in 1995.
Miranda is the sixth Owl-turned-Met prospect, with first baseman Travis Ozga (41st round, 2009), pitcher Tim McNab (22nd round, 2002), pitcher Nick Mattioni (9th round, 2000), first baseman John Raffo (27th round, also in 2000) and catcher Kevin Lewis (22nd round, 1993) drafted by New York previously. Toronto too had made four prior FAU picks – pitcher Alex Pepe (36th round, 2009), pitcher Danny Core (7th round, 2003), outfielder Billy Brown (3rd round, 1997) and catcher Doug Gonring (34th round, 1985) – before Harris.
There have now been 94 Owls drafted since the program’s inception, and this year’s four selections marks 13 straight drafts – and 19 of the last 20 – in which an FAU player has been taken. Six Owls were also taken in 2015, 2008, 2007 and 2002; the only other draft that held more in FAU history was the year 2000, when there were eight.