Tyler Frank thought he would end up a Tampa Bay Ray.
On Monday Tampa confirmed that premonition, selecting the FAU shortstop in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft with the No. 56 pick overall.
The selection makes Frank the second highest draft choice in program history, behind C. J. Chatham who went in the same round at overall pick No. 51 to Boston in 2015.
An All-Conference USA selection in 2017 and 18, Frank also played with the US National team during the summer of 2018. A career .310 hitter in three seasons as an Owl, Frank belted 25 homers and drove in 105 runs during his career.
He’s also C-USA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
“This has exceeded all of our expectations,” FAU coach John McCormack said of Frank’s career.
Frank didn’t immediately hear the news. He was manning his shortstop position for FAU against Florida in the NCAA tournament’s Gainesville regional finale when MLB announced the pick..
Frank is the first of potentially five FAU players who could be chose chosen over the three-day draft. Our complete draft preview, along with more information about Frank can be hound in this story.