Brenton Doyle and Tanner Morris were each taken in the first five rounds.
Two former RCBL players have been selected in the Top 5 rounds of the 2019 MLB Draft. The Colorado Rockies selected outfielder Brenton Doyle in the fourth round before the Toronto Blue Jays took Tanner Morris one round later.
Doyle played in 10 games of the 2017 season for the New Market Shockers. He batted .256 with two home runs and seven RBIs on the season. In the playoffs he hit .482 with one home run and seven RBIs as the Shockers took the Clover Hill Bucks to Game 5 of the 2017 semifinals.
Doyle played his college baseball at Shepherd University in West Virginia. In 2018 he spent the summer playing for the Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plain League, hitting .313 with three home runs.
Doyle’s selection marks the second-straight year that a Shocker has been taken in the MLB Draft. The Warrenton, Va. native will join former New Market pitcher Colton Harlow, who was drafted in the 30th round of last year’s draft, in the Rockies’ farm system. Harlow is currently playing with the Grand Junction Rockies of the Rookie-level Pioneer League.
Morris, also a 2017 RCBL alum, was taken by the Blue Jays with the 147th overall pick. He played 15 games with the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks before reporting to Charlottesville at the end of the summer to begin practicing at the University of Virginia. Morris batted .508 for the Dbacks with three home runs and 20 RBIs. He led the league in batting average at the time of his departure.
Following his freshman year at UVA, Morris played for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League, where he was named Team MVP. During his two seasons in Charlottesville, he batted .323 with seven home runs and 58 RBIs for the Cavaliers. The RCBL would like to wish congratulations to Brenton Doyle and Tanner Morris as they continue their baseball careers!