Two current State College of Florida players and a former Manatee have been picked early on the third day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
L.B. Dantzler, a senior first baseman at South Carolina who played at SCF two years ago, was first off the board. He was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 14th round with the 415th overall pick while playing against North Carolina in the NCAA super regional.
SCF pitcher/first baseman Jarred Smith was the first current Manatee to be selected when he went just 15 picks later, at 430 in the 14th round, to the Texas Rangers. Smith, a freshman who plans to walk on next season at Florida State if he doesn't sign with the Rangers, is projected as a closer after throwing in the mid-90s for SCF this past season.
"I was really excited," Smith said. "I was just thanking God for blessing me with this opportunity," Smith said.
The Atlanta Braves picked SCF outfielder Connor Oliver, also a freshman, in the 23rd round with the 703rd pick.
Read more about area players who were drafted in Sunday's edition of the Bradenton Herald.