MLB Draft 2018: Convicted child molester Luke Heimlich goes undrafted

It was widely believed that one of the best pitchers in the MLB Draft would not get Jack Crawford Womens Jersey picked, and that proved to be the case.
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Heimlich was seen as a top-3 round talent in last year’s draft after being named the Pac-12 pitcher of the year, but when news came out of his former conviction no team picked him. That was the situation again this year.

Heimlich took a plea deal in exchange for two years’ probation and court-ordered classes. He had one charge dropped but was required to register for five years as a Level 1 sex offender, meaning he is considered unlikely to become a repeat offender.

It remains to be seen whether Heimlich will continue to be baseball. He can still be signed as an undrafted free agent, and he also has the option of playing independent ball if he decides to go that route.

While the slides of Liberatore and Singer were more notable, the first round came and went with a quartet of highly rated and highly projected pitchers still on the board. Shane McClanahan, Jackson Kowar, Ethan Hankins and Kumar Rocker all dropped out of the first round, even though nearly every outlet covering the draft had all four being selected in the top 30 picks, with McClanahan and Hankins being considered top-10 talents.

At this point, it’s unclear what caused all 30 clubs to pass on the group with their top selections, but their collective slide makes the situation all the more interesting for Hankins and Rocker, as both are committed to Vanderbilt University and could opt to attend school rather than turn pro now that a first-round signing bonus is off the table.

Perhaps the biggest eye-opener of the first round was the selection of Kyler Murray at No. 9 by the Oakland A’s.

An incredible athlete, Murray not only patrols the outfield for the Oklahoma Sooners Tug McGraw Youth Jersey baseball team, but also plays quarterback for the football team and is expected to be under center this fall in Norman. Because of that dynamic, most mock drafts not only didn’t have Murray being taken in the top 10, but most did not have him being a first-round selection at all, as teams were expected to shy away from the uncertainty that surrounds his future — not to mention the risk of injury — with their top overall selection.