After third baseman Aaron Schunk had his name called on Monday night in the second round of the 2019 MLB Draft, three more Bulldogs were drafted on Tuesday.
The first Bulldog to come off the board was junior pitcher Tony Locey. He was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round with the No. 96 overall pick. The Columbus, Ga. native went 11-2 this past season with 2.53 ERA. He earned Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week honors twice, this season. The projected slot bonus for the No. 96 pick in this year’s draft is $604,800. That is the projected signing bonus that Locey could receive if he were to sign with St. Louis.
Another Georgia pitcher was taken in the fourth round, as the Seattle Mariners took junior Tim Elliot with the No. 126 pick in the draft. Elliot went 7-3 this past season, serving mostly as the Bulldogs midweek starter. He had his best start of the season come on Sunday when he threw a complete game shutout of FAU in the NCAA Tournament. Elliott’s projected slot bonus is $451,800.
The final Bulldog taken on Tuesday was senior second baseman LJ Talley. He was drafted by Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh round with pick No. 207. Talley batted 332 with eight home runs and 41 RBI. His play this year earned him Second Team All-Southeastern Conference honors. He was also named to SEC All-Defensive team and served as co-captain for the Bulldogs. His projected signing bonus is $218,500.
The four Bulldogs drafted already this year surpasses the three that were taken in all of last year’s draft. Schunk, Locey and Elliot all have the possibility of returning but they would all have to pass on their possible signing bonuses and big-league dreams for another season.
Georgia went 46-17 this past season and was the No. 4 overall seed heading into the NCAA Tournament. However, the Bulldogs season came to an unfortunate end at the hands of Florida State. The Bulldogs and coach Scott Stricklin should bring back a loaded team next year, highlighted by pitchers Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox. The Bulldogs also got some good news on Monday when shortstop Cam Shepherd announced that he would be returning to Georgia for his senior season.
After lots of thought, I have decided to come back for my senior season. We have a lot of unfinished business left in Athens. Time to get to work. Go Dawgs!
— Cam ® (@_CamShepherd) June 3, 2019
The 2019 MLB Draft wraps up on Wednesday with rounds 11 through 40.