TROY – The Major League Baseball Draft creates anxiety at every level – high school, junior college and college – for players and coaches alike.
Troy coach Mark Smartt was pulling hard for his draft-eligible players to get their opportunity to play at the highest level. No Trojans were taken in this week’s draft.
“I told Drew Frederic this week, ‘I hope you get drafted,’” Smartt said on Thursday. “That’s what all these kids live for and dream about. When you lose players that can come back, it certainly hurts your team moving forward. If Drew had been picked and signed a pro contract, we wouldn’t be as good at shortstop next year, I promise you.