The late-20 rounds of the MLB draft are not always glamorous. Some folks think MLB teams are just guessing at that point of the gargantuan draft, and occasionally you find teams attempting publicity stunts around this time. For example, the San Diego Padres had the great idea of drafting Johnny Manziel in the 28th round this year. But occasionally, you do find some talent. Mike Piazza was taken in the 1,000′s; Albert Pujols was a 13th round selection; Ian Kinsler was a 17th rounder. Regardless, it isn’t an exact science.
That’s why the Terps senior short stop Blake Schmit being taken in the 26th round is still a solid accomplishment. Schmit was taken by the Minnesota Twins with the 770th overall pick in the MLB draft on Saturday afternoon. Schmit is coming off his best season as a player after batting .312 and stealing 16 bases. Schmit has been one of Maryland’s best players defensively, and has shown off some very good range over the season during the team’s historic run.
Funnily enough, Schmit had been on the Twins radar for a little while; he is a Minnesota native and was taken alongside four other Minnesotans by the Twins. With any luck, Schmit will be one of the more successful ones to come out.
Schmit becomes the fourth Terrapin taken in the MLB draft this season; ace pitcher Jake Stinnett was also selected by the Chicago Cubs earlier in the draft. Ben Brewster and Charlie White were also selected.
Hats off to Schmit for a major accomplishment in his career and best of luck to him in the future!