2023 MLB Draft cover photo courtesy of MLB.com

4 local baseball stars find out their fate in MLB Draft

Nick HallidayHeadlines, Sports

2023 MLB Draft cover photo courtesy of MLB.com

2023 MLB Draft cover photo, courtesy of MLB.com

The 2023 MLB Draft concluded on Tuesday after 20 rounds of picks were selected.  When all was said and done three #delhs players and a player with Delaware ties find out their fate moving forward. 


Trey Paige of Delaware State was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 17th round on Tuesday afternoon.  Paige, who hails from Reading, PA, was a stud for the Hornets across three full seasons.  He batted .372 during his career at Del-State with 32 career home runs, 27 of which came during the past two campaigns.  Paige also smoked 46 doubles during his time in Dover.   Perhaps the most impressive thing about Paige is his ability to put bat on ball & not strike out.  Less than 100 strikeouts in his 3+ seasons, with an on-base percentage of .473.  


Paige was honored with the 2022 MEAC POY award and is the second highest DSU player ever selected into the MLB Draft behind only Eric Carter in the 2004 Draft.  


Now to our former Delaware high school standouts.


Tyler August (DMA) shockingly did not hear his name called during the 3-day event.  Something that has surprised many across the 302 sports community.  August touts a fastball that has topped out at 97mph and after a Gatorade POY run that culminated in August leading his DMA Seahawks to second DIAA State Championship in 3 years, he will fulfill his commitment to the University of Delaware this upcoming year.  August will be eligible again for the 2026 MLB Draft.


Brett Callahan starred at Newark Charter from 2017-2020 while earning first team All-State and Diamond State Conference POY honors during his time in the 302.  He then went on to star at St. Josheph’s (PA) for the past 3 seasons before being drafted in the 13th round in this year’s draft by the Detroit Tigers.  Callahan was strong at the dish during his 3 seasons on Hawk Hill, batting .352 with 30 doubles, 10 triples, and 22 dingers while stealing 48 bases over 139 career games.  He also shined in the field this past year only committing 1 error and posting a .991 fielding percentage.  


Lastly, we have Jake Gelof, whom we highlighted pre-draft as a potential early round pick.  The highly decorated home-run king of the University of Virginia was taken later than expected but in a very special draft position on Sunday.  The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Gelof with the 60th overall pick in the second round.  Why is that special?  Well it’s the exact same draft position, his brother Zack was selected by the Oakland A’s in the 2021 Draft.  The 60th pick has a slot value of $1.336 Million.  


Both Gelof brothers are out West in California, who’s up for a road trip?


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