Right-handed pitcher Deacon Medders led a group of five Alabama baseball players selected in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.
Medders was the sixth pick of the 20th round, No. 593 overall, by the San Diego Padres.
Sources tell BamaCentral that Medders is expected to sign with the team and not return to the Crimson Tide.
The Tuscaloosa product has limited opposing hitters to a.234 average and struck out 114 hitters while maintaining a 4.02 ERA (49 earned runs over 109 2/3 innings pitched) in 59 appearances, including six starts. He made seven saves while going 4-7 overall.
Other Alabama players drafted:
• Right-handed pitcher Davis Vainer was the 29th pick of the 21st round, No. 646 overall, by the Houston Astros. Vainer, who had already announced he was transferring to Arizona, had six saves and was a 3-5 record in 61 outings for his career with one start while maintaining a 4.18 ERA (43 earned runs over 92 2/3 innings pitched). He struck out 127 batters and limited opponents to a .217 average.
• Infielder Morgan McCullough was the 14th pick of the 22nd round, No. 661 overall, by the Los Angeles Angels. The junior college transfer finished as the team’s overall leader in triples (triples) while tying for the lead in multi-hit games (17) and doubles (12) across his 54 starts. He ranked second on the Tide in average (.309) and on-base percentage (.417).
• Pitcher Jeremy Randolph was the 18th pick of the 26th round, No. 785 overall, by the St. Louis Cardinals. The graduate transfer was the Crimson Tide’s closer this past season. He went 3-2 and totaled nine saves to rank in the top 10 in the SEC during the regular season. He finished with a 3.49 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 15 walks with limited hitters to a .187 average.
• Pitcher Brock Love was the fourth pick of the 34rd round, No. 1,011 overall, by the Miami Marlins. Love began his career splitting time as a starter and reliever before transitioning into a weekend starter role this past season. He was 8-7 with one save across 38 career outings, including 20 starts, totaling 115.0 innings. Love has a career 4.30 ERA (55 ER) and struck out 135 batters.
As for incoming players, six signees were selected during the three-day draft: CJ Abrams (San Diego Padres, first round); Antoine Jean (Minnesota Twins, 17th round); Myles Austin (Milwaukee Brewers, 20th round); Owen Diodati (Toronto Blue Jays, 29th round); Jackson Tate (Seattle Mariners, 32nd round); and Connor Prielipp (Boston Red Sox, 37th round).
All signees and undergraduate players are eligible, either to begin or continue their collegiate careers, if they elect to not sign a professional contract.
Meanwhile, infielder John Trousdale entered the NCAA transfer portal to explore his options.