Former Edwardsville baseball star Riley picked by Braves in MLB draft
Former Edwardsville star pitcher Trey Riley has been selected by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.
Riley pitched for the Tigers before graduating from Edwardsville High School in 2016. He later journeyed to Oklahoma State and John A. Logan College, and had signed to attend Missouri State for next season.
At John A. Logan College, Riley threw 77.2 innings for the Volunteers in 13 appearances with a 6-2 record, including a shutout and three complete games with a 1.85 ERA while striking out 117 batters.
“I’m very happy,” Riley, the 142nd pick of the three-day draft, told Riverbender.com. “I’m starting a new chapter of my life."
Riley is expected to be assigned to the team’s Advanced Rookie League team in Danville, Virginia, in the Appalachian League. Under MLB rules, Riley’s contract is expected to be valued at somewhere in the neighborhood of $317,500. Riley was ranked the 76th overall prospect by MLB going into the draft.
The Detroit Tigers selected pitcher Casey Mize of Auburn as the overall No. 1 pick in the draft.