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MLB Nabs MDC’s Fab Five
For the second time in the past three Major League Baseball drafts, the first prospect selected from a university or high school in South Florida is a player from Miami Dade College.
This year, it is talented third baseman/catcher Victor Caratini, who was picked in the second round by the Atlanta Braves. Caratini could get a signing bonus of close to a million dollars. The slotted value for the pick is $858,800. The Braves can go over or under the slot to sign Caratini as long as they stay within the overall cap assigned to them by MLB.
To put this feat in perspective, Coach Danny Price, who coached for nearly 30 years at other institutions, never had a first or second-round pick before MDC. But in just three years at MDC, he has already had a first-rounder in outfielder Brian Goodwin in 2011 and other high-rounders such as Caratini.
In fact, MDC not only had the top local player picked this year, it had the second selection as well. Outfielder Omar García was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round. The bonus slot for his pick is $175,300.
MDC at Top
In all, Miami Dade College had five players selected in the draft this year – more than any other school and a common occurrence. MDC is one of two national colleges that have sent the most players to the major leagues in baseball history.
The other Miami Dade College players drafted this year were shortstop Steven Negrón (Detroit Tigers, 17th round), right-handed pitcher Kevin Pérez (Kansas City Royals, 17th round) and catcher Daniel de la Calle (Texas Rangers, 33rd round).
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