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A Look at MLB Draft Picks Under Wake Forest Baseball Coach Tom Walter

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Jared Shuster became the latest of many picks under Walter

NCAA BASEBALL: JUN 02 Winston-Salem Regional - Wake Forest v UMBC Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Wake Forest baseball player Jared Shuster was taken in the first round of the MLB Draft last week when the Atlanta Braves used the 25th overall pick on the lefty pitcher.

With that, I thought it would be fun to take a look at all Wake Forest players to be drafted and/or continue their professional baseball careers since Tom Walter took over as Wake Forest baseball coach in 2010.

Note: The 2020 draft was only five rounds due to COVID-19, hence Wake had less players drafted.

Note: 2017 saw a school record 8 players drafted.

Note: Current Teams and Draft Status courtesy of milb.com.

2020

Jared Shuster, Left-Handed Pitcher

Round: 1st

Pick: 25th Overall

Team: Atlanta Braves

2020 Major League Baseball Draft
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Announces the Atlanta Braves’ First Round Pick, Jared Shuster of Wake Forest
Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

William Simoneit, Catcher/Infielder

Round: Undrafted Free Agent

Team: Oakland Athletics

2019

Colin Peluse, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 9th

Pick: 284th Overall

Team: Oakland Athletics

Last Team: Stockton Ports, Advanced A Affiliate, Oakland Athletics

Patrick Frick, Shortstop

Round: 14th

Pick: 426th Overall

Team: Seattle Mariners

Last Team: Modesto Nuts, Advanced A Affiliate, Seattle Mariners

COLLEGE BASEBALL: MAR 04 UMass Lowell at Wake Forest Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Morgan McSweeney, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 17th

Pick: 498th Overall

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Last Team: Delmarva Shorebirds, Class A Affiliate, Baltimore Orioles

NCAA BASEBALL: JUN 02 Winston-Salem Regional - Wake Forest v UMBC Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Carter Bach, Left-Handed Pitcher

Round: 34th

Pick: 1028th

Team: Tampa Bay Rays

Last Team: Princeton Rays, Rookie Advanced Affiliate, Tampa Bay Rays

Chris Lanzilli, Left Fielder/3rd Baseman

Round: 39th

Pick: 1166th Overall

Team: San Francisco Giants

Last Team: Returned to Wake Forest for his junior season.

Bruce Steel, Shortstop

Round: Undrafted Free Agent

Team: Kansas City Royals

Last Team: Lexington Legends, Class A Affiliate, Kansas City Royals

NCAA BASEBALL: JUN 02 Winston-Salem Regional - Wake Forest v UMBC Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2018

Griffin Roberts, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 1st

Pick: 43rd Overall

Team: St. Louis Cardinals

Last Team: Palm Beach Cardinals, Advanced A Affiliate, St. Louis Cardinals; Non-Roster Invitee to Cardinals 2020 Spring Training

2020 St. Louis Cardinals Photo Day Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Rayne Supple, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 13th

Pick: 396th Overall

Team: Colorado Rockies

Last Team: Boise Hawks, Class A Short Season Affiliate, Colorado Rockies

Johnny Aiello, Third Baseman

Round: 14th

Pick: 416th

Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Last Team: Lansing Lugnuts, Toronto Blue Jays Class A Affiliate

COLLEGE BASEBALL: APR 02 Wake Forest at Miami Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2017

Stuart Fairchild, Outfielder

Round: 2nd

Pick: 38th Overall

Team: Cincinnati Reds

Last Team: Chattanooga Lookouts, AA Affiliate, Cincinnati Reds; Non-Roster Invitee to Reds 2020 Spring Training

Cincinnati Reds Photo Day Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Gavin Sheets, First Baseman

Round: 2nd

Pick: 49th Overall

Team: Chicago White Sox

Last Team: Birmingham Barons, AA Affiliate, Chicago White Sox; Non-Roster Invitee White Sox 2020 Spring Training

2020 Chicago White Sox Photo Day Photo by David Durochik/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Parker Dunshee, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 7th

Pick: 201st

Team: Oakland Athletics

Last Team: Las Vegas Aviators, AAA Affiliate, Oakland Athletics, Non-Roster Invitee to A’s 2020 Spring Training

2020 Oakland Athletics Photo Day Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Ben Breazeale, Catcher

Round: 7th

Pick: 218th Overall

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Last Team: Frederick Keys, Class A Advanced Affiliate, Baltimore Orioles

COLLEGE BASEBALL: MAR 31 Wake Forest at Miami Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Donnie Sellers, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 11th

Pick: 339th Overall

Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Last Team: Dunedin Blue Jays, Class A Advanced Affiliate, Toronto Blue Jays

COLLEGE BASEBALL: APR 15 Notre Dame at Wake Forest Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Jonathan Pryor, Outfielder

Round: 19th

Pick: 583rd Overall

Team: Washington Nationals

Last Team: Auburn Doubledays, Class A Short Season Affiliate, Washington Nationals (Last Played in 2018)

COLLEGE BASEBALL: MAR 31 Wake Forest at Miami Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Connor Johnstone, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 21st

Pick: 620th Overall

Team: Atlanta Braves

Last Team: Gwinnett Stripers, AAA Affiliate, Atlanta Braves; Non-Roster Invitee 2020 Braves Spring Training

Atlanta Braves Photo Day Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Griffin Roberts, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 29th

Pick: 856th Overall

Team: Minnesota Twins

Last Team: Returned to Wake Forest for his senior season, and was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: MAR 31 Wake Forest at Miami Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2016

Will Craig, First Baseman/Third Baseman

Round: 1st

Pick: 22nd Overall

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Last Team: Indianapolis Indians, AAA Affiliate, Pittsburgh Pirates; Non-Roster Invitee 2019 and 2020 Pirates Spring Training

2020 Pittsburgh Pirates Photo Day Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Nate Mondou, Third Baseman/Second Baseman

Round: 13th

Pick: 382nd Overall

Team: Oakland Athletics

Last Team: Midland RockHounds, AA Affiliate, Oakland Athletics

Parker Dunshee, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 14th

Pick: 434th Overall

Team: Chicago Cubs

Last Team: Returned to Wake Forest for his senior season, and was taken in the 7th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: MAR 31 Wake Forest at Miami Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Chris Farish, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 31st

Pick: 932nd Overall

Team: Cleveland Indians

Last Team: Returned to Wake Forest for his redshirt junior season, and was not selected in the next year’s draft. He was hired in 2019 as an assistant baseball coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Aaron Fossas, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: Undrafted Free Agent

Team: Cincinnati Reds

Last Team: Chattanooga Lookouts, AA Affiliate, Cincinnati Reds

Garrett Kelly, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: Undrafted Free Agent

Team: Minnesota Twins

Last Team: Tennessee Smokies, AA Affiliate, Chicago Cubs

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2015

Matt Pirro, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 21st

Pick: 644th Overall

Team: Washington Nationals

Last Team: Auburn Doubledays, Class A Short Season Affiliate, Washington Nationals (Last Played in 2016)

2014

John McLeod, Left-Handed Pitcher

Round: 21st

Pick: 631st Overall

Team: Baltimore Orioles

Last Team: Gulf Coast League Orioles, Rookie Affiliate, Baltimore Orioles (Last Played in 2015)

Jack Fischer, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 26th

Pick: 790th Overall

Team: Detroit Tigers

Last Team: Connecticut Tigers, Class A Short Season Affiliate, Detroit Tigers (Last Played in 2015)

Matt Martin, Catcher

Round: 27th

Pick: 806th Overall

Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Last Team: Arizona League Brewers, Rookie Affiliate, Milwaukee Brewers (Last Played in 2014)

Connor Kaden, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 27th

Pick: 808th Overall

Team: San Francisco Giants

Last Team: San Jose Giants, Class A Advanced Affiliate, San Francisco Giants (Last Played in 2017)

Conor Keniry, Shortstop

Round: 27th

Pick: 814th Overall

Team: Washington Nationals

Last Team: Hagerstown Suns, Class A Affiliate, Washington Nationals (Last Played in 2015)

2013

Pat Blair, Shortstop/Second Baseman

Round: 12th

Pick: 368th

Team: Tampa Bay Rays

Last Team: Montgomery Biscuits, AA Affiliate, Tampa Bay Rays (Last Played in 2016)

Niko Spezial, Left-Handed Pitcher

Round: 19th

Pick: 586th Overall

Team: Washington Nationals

Last Team: Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Affiliate, Washington Nationals (Last Played in 2013)

2012

Mac Williamson, Left Fielder/Right Fielder

Round: 3rd

Pick: 115th

Team: San Francisco Giants

Last Team: Samsung Lions, KBO (Last Played in 2019); Invited to Washington Nationals 2020 Spring Training; Played in the MLB in parts of several seasons with San Francisco and Seattle.

Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Tim Cooney, Left-Handed Pitcher

Round: 3rd

Pick: 117th Overall

Team: St. Louis Cardinals

Last Team: Columbus Clippers, AAA Affiliate, Cleveland Indians; Pitched in 6 MLB games for St. Louis in 2016 (Last Played in 2017)

Atlanta Braves v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Carlos Lopez, First Baseman/Third Baseman

Round: 12th

Pick: 384th Overall

Team: Washington Nationals

Last Team: Hagerstown Suns, Class A Affiliate, Washington Nationals (Last Played in 2015)

Brian Holmes, Left-Handed Pitcher

Round: 13th

Pick: 399th

Team: Houston Astros

Last Team: Fresno Grizzlies, AAA Affiliate, Washington Nationals (Last Played in 2017)

Pat Blair, Shortstop/Second Baseman

Round: 24th

Pick: 729th

Team: Houston Astros

Last Team: Returned to Wake Forest for his senior season, and was drafted in the 12th round in 2013.

Michael Dimock, Right-Handed Pitcher

Round: 37th

Pick: 1119th

Team: Houston Astros

Last Team: Reno Aces, AAA Affiliate, Arizona Diamondbacks (Last Played in 2018)

2011

Mac Williamson, Outfielder

Round: 46th

Pick: 1402nd

Team: Boston Red Sox

Last Team: Returned to Wake Forest for his senior season, and was drafted in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

2010

Steven Brooks, Center Fielder

Round: 17th

Pick: 520th

Team: Chicago Cubs

Last Team: Burlington Royals, Rookie Advanced Affiliate, Kansas City Royals (Last Played in 2011)

Congratulations to Jared on being the latest Deacon drafted in the MLB Draft. Go Deacs!