The MLB Draft has its quirks year-to-year.
In 2012, the first Tiger off the board came at No. 25 overall, in third baseman Richie Shaffer to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Two days of drafting and 559 picks later in 2013, Clemson baseball’s first (and only) pick is Colorado-bound, joining Kyle Parker among more former Tiger prospects in the organization.
Senior reliever Scott Firth was selected with the third pick in the 19th round by the Rockies, bettering his ’12 draft placement. Last year, he was picked in the 32nd round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Illinois native’s senior campaign had mixed results (6-5, 3.23) starting the year in the rotation and moving into a closer role midseason. In that relief role, Firth allowed just one earned run over 12 outings (20 1/3 innings) up to a dubious final outing as a Tiger, surrendering six earned runs for the loss against UNC in the ACC Tourney.
Clemson signee Austin Meadows is sure to go pro after being a top-10 pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates, while highly-rated catcher pledge Chris Okey opted for college ball after going unpicked in the first two rounds Thursday.
Infielder signee Eli White (Wren) was picked in the 26th round today by the Cincinnati Reds, but he is expected to stick with the Tigers. Okey was later selected in the 31st by the San Diego Padres.
The Clemson junior class was shutout, including second baseman Steve Wilkerson, third baseman Shane Kennedy and reliever Matt Campbell, while redshirt sophomore Kevin Pohle didn't get the call either.
Per the P&C’s Aaron Brenner, 2003 was the last longest time for a Tigers' name to be called (Steven Jackson, 32nd round), but with a number of top draft-eligible players coming up, such a drought won't be the norm in future years.