Three local players were selected during the second day of the MLB Draft on Thursday, bringing the early total to four Colorado products selected.
Lucas Gilbreath, a Legacy alum, Columbine graduate Blake Weiman, and Sand Creek grad Josh Keaton all had their names called. In Keaton’s case, he made school history by becoming the first player from Sand Creek ever selected in the MLB Draft.
Gilbreath, a 2014 graduate of Legacy who just finished his junior season at the University of Minnesota, was selected by the hometown Colorado Rockies in the seventh round with the No. 206 overall pick.
The left-handed starter went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA this spring, striking out a team-high 92 batters against 32 walks in 81.1 innings. He was a first team All-Big Ten honoree.
The Rockies also drafted Gilbreath out of high school, taking him in the 36th round. This marks the eighth time a Legacy alum has been drafted.
In high school, Gilbreath led Class 5A in strikeouts as both a junior and a senior. He was named to the all-state teams as a senior.
Then, in the eighth round, Weiman was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 238 overall. Weiman, a 2014 graduate of Columbine, recently finished his junior season as a relief pitcher for the Jayhawks.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound lefty threw 45 innings, striking out 55 against just five walks. He finished the year 5-1 with a 2.80 ERA.
Weiman, who was not drafted out of high school, marks the 16th selection in Rebels’ history. At Columbine, Weiman finished his career with an 11-1 record and a 2.38 ERA.
In the 10th round, Josh Keaton became the first Sand Creek player ever drafted when the Baltimore Orioles took him at No. 308 overall. The school opened in 1997.
Keaton, who graduated from Sand Creek in 2012, was a senior at Adams State this spring. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed pitcher was 4-5 with a 5.52 ERA in 11 starts and a team-high 75 innings pitched this season.
Tuesday’s selections followed that of Regis Jesuit grad David Peterson (now at Oregon), who went in the first round on Monday.
The MLB Draft concludes with rounds 11-40 on Wednesday.