ANKENY – Ankeny Centennial pitcher Keaton McKinney was drafted in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday by the NY Mets.
McKinney won’t be putting on a Mets jersey anytime soon, if ever. Keaton plans on attending Arkansas for at least 3 years before becoming eligible again for the draft.
McKinney was rated as a Top 100 prospect and would have been drafted in the first couple rounds but according to the Des Moines Register, his asking price of over 1-million dollars scared a lot of teams away. McKinney will pitch for Centennial the rest of the summer before leaving for Arkansas in the fall.
Urbandale’s Ryan Lillard was drafted in the 30th round by the Kansas City Royals but, like McKinney, will pass on the bigs and attend Kansas State. Lillard will miss his entire Senior season to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Former Dallas Center-Grimes pitcher Scott Harris, now a Junior at Buena Vista, was drafted in the 27th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.