Baseball NW x 2023 MLB Draft

Seventeen Baseball Northwest alumni heard their names called during the 2023 Major League Baseball Draft this past week in Seattle, Wash. The draft was held in conjunction with the MLB All-Star game which saw former top draft picks and BBNW alumni Adley Rutschman (2019 Draft – 1st overall) and Corbin Carroll (2019 Draft – 16th overall) make their All-Star game debuts. The duo were the first BBNW alumni to play in the All-Star game since Blake Snell (2011 Draft – 52nd overall) in 2018.

Of the seventeen selections, seven players were selected out of high school, with the remaining ten being taken from the college ranks. Furthermore, fifteen of the picks were pitchers, with three being drafted as position players.

Day one (rounds 1 & 2) of the draft saw right-handed pitcher Noble Meyer (Jesuit HS) selected 10th overall by the Miami Marlins. Meyer was selected as the 2022-2023 Gatorade Oregon Baseball Player of the Year following a senior season that saw him register 128 strikeouts with just 19 walks across 63 innings on the mound. He is the highest BBNW alumni selected since Rutschman went 1st overall in 2019. Meyer is the highest-picked pitching prospect in the history of Baseball Northwest.

Day two (rounds 3-10) saw six other selections, with left-hander Paul Wilson* (Lakeridge HS) being taken the highest at the 76th overall pick to the Detroit Tigers.

Also taken on day two was Cole Fontenelle (Texas Christian University – Skyline HS) by the Los Angeles Angels in the 7th round. Fontenelle was the highest-picked position player in this year’s draft.

To review every Baseball Northwest alumnus selected along with a direct link to each player’s profile please review the table below.

Round Pick Name Organization Position B/T Class College High School
1st 10 Noble Meyer Marlins RHP R/R HS Oregon Commit Jesuit (OR)
3rd 76 Paul Wilson* Tigers LHP L/L HS Oregon St. Commit Lakeridge (OR)
7th 204 Cole Fontenelle Angels 3B S/R JR TCU Skyline (WA)
7th 213 Owen Wild Rays RHP R/R JR Gonzaga Gig Harbor (WA)
8th 237 Jace Stoffal Twins RHP R/R JR Oregon Roseburg (OR)
10th 291 Case Matter Rangers RHP R/R SO (RS) Washington Jackson (WA)
10th 308 Matt Wilkinson Guardians LHP L/L SO Central Arizona Foothills Composite (BC)
11th 321 Maxton Martin Rangers OF L/R HS Oregon Commit Southridge (WA)
11th 322 Stu Flesland III Rockies LHP R/L SR Washington Mt. Spokane (WA)
11th 331 Nestor German Orioles RHP R/R JR Seattle Chief Sealth (WA)
12th 362 Bjorn Johnson Brewers LHP L/L HS Auburn Commit Lincoln (WA)
13th 398 Jacob Bresnahan Guardians LHP L/L HS Oregon Commit Sumner (WA)
13th 401 Dane Lais Padres RHP R/R HS Oregon St. Commit Oregon City (OR)
15th 436 Will Simpson Athletics 1B R/R SR Washington Skyline (WA)
16th 466 Ryan Brown Athletics RHP R/R SR Oregon State South Salem (OR)
18th 542 Dylan Watts Brewers RHP R/R SO Auburn Enumclaw (WA)
19th 580 Spencer Green Dodgers RHP R/R HS N/A Richland (WA)
20th 598 Robert Orloski Red Sox RHP R/R HS UTSA Commit Middleton (ID)

*Northwest player, not BBNW alumni.