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Bells Gone Pro - 2018 MLB Draft Edition

06/13/2018 9:15 AM

Eight Bellingham Bells were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft which concluded on Wednesday, June 6.

Matt McLain, the only non-alumnus, highlighted the list of future big-leaguers. The high school middle-infielder committed to UCLA before being selected as the 25th overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks. McLain will have a big decision ahead to determine to either forgo his first-round pick to play for the Bruins or head straight to the Diamondbacks’ organization.

Jon Olsen (UCLA) and Joey Matulovich (UC Berkley) rounded out the list of former Bell pitchers to be selected in the first 20 rounds of the draft. Both Olsen and Matulovich were teammates for the Bells in 2016. Olsen, drafted in the 12th round by the Minnesota Twins, put together a 7-2 record and posted a 2.05 ERA in the 2016 season for Bellingham. Matulovich, drafted in the 20th round (Milwaukee Brewers), acquired a 3-5 record (4.17 ERA) in his 11 appearances for the Bells in the 2016 campaign.

The final draftees of the 2016 Bells’ class were Gio Lopez and Gunnar Schubert, selected in the 23rd and 28th round respectivly, both to the Miami Marlins. Lopez, a pitcher for Mizzou, was 1-2 with an ERA of 3.72 for the Bells during the 2016 sesson. Schubert, a  shortstop out of Gonzaga, posted a .249 average, collecting 17 RBI and swiping three bags for during his summer in Bellingham. The infielder really came alive for the Bells during the playoffs, hitting .294 and walking three times in his five postseason appearances.

Like Schubert, former Bell infielder Beau Branton was also selected in the 28th round (Seattle Mariners). Branton acquired a .286 average, 12 RBI, and nine stolen bases for the Bells in the 2015 campaign.

Reagan Todd composited a 3-4 record in 11 games as a teammate to Branton in the 2015 summer. Todd, selected in the 32nd round by the Colorado Rockies, accumulated a 4.53 ERA in 11 appearances in that year.

The final draftee to wear a Bells’ ballcap was Kody Hoese. Hoese appeared in just seven games last season for Bellingham, hitting .286 in his 21 at-bats. The Tulane infielder was selected in the 35th round by the Kansas City Royals.

Undrafted Free Agent:

On Saturday, June 9, the United Shore Professional Baseball League announced Tyler Palm, the former six-foot nine-inch Bells pitcher, inked a contract with the Minnesota Twins. The tall right hander appeared in 10 games during the 2016 campaign, throwing 40.1 innings in 10 games with a 2.01 ERA. 

 

Player

Round

Overall

MLB

Bells

College

Matt McLain

1

25

Arizona Diamondbacks

2018 (Signee)

Backman (Calif.) High School

Jon Olsen

12

364

Minnesota Twins

2016

UCLA

Joey Matulovich

20

605

Milwaukee Brewers

2016

UC Berkley

Gio Lopez

23 697 Miami Marlins 2016 Mizzou

Gunnar Schubert

28

837

Miami Marlins

2016

Gonzaga

Beau Branton

28

838

Seattle Mariners

2015

Stanford

Reagan Todd

32

966

Colorado Rockies

2015

Colorado Mesa

Kody Hoese

35

1052

Kansas City Royals

2017

Tulane

Tyler Palm

UFA UFA Minnesota Twins 2016 Oakland University

 

 



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The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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