If Tuesday seemed like a slow day for local prospects, Wednesday wasn't much better.
When the final 30 rounds of the 2018 MLB draft kicked off at noon, there were several Philly-area players still left on the board, including Paul VI righthander Will Gambino and Eastern outfielder Jack Herman. But it wasn't until the 894th selection that Herman heard his name called by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gambino, who is committed to Kentucky, finally was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 35th round.
"Coming into this year, I didn't have the expectation of the draft," Gambino said after Paul VI's state tournament loss May 29. "[When I get to college and exclusively,] I'm a pitcher, my pitching is going to take off, and I'm really excited to see that happen."
Herman, who will likely head to Maryland instead of joining the Pirates, was selected in the 30th round. The Eastern senior helped his team to a Diamond Classic title Monday afternoon when the Vikings beat St. Augustine for the title.
First to be chosen Wednesday was Conestoga alum Ryne Ogren, who starred as a second baseman for Elon University. This year, he hit .338 on his way to first-team All-Colonial Athletic honors and the Mariners selected him 358th overall in the 12th round.
Just three picks later, Ocean City southpaw Dan Nunan got the call from the Los Angeles Angels. Nunan has committed to play at Delaware next season, but at 6-foot-6 and with a solid three-pitch arsenal — including a fastball that has touched 90 mph — Nunan drew looks from every major league club.
From there, a pair of ACC bats came off the board. In the 14th, Wake Forest third baseman and former Germantown Academy standout Johnny Aiello went to the Toronto Blue Jays with the 416th pick. And in the 15th round, Virginia's Cameron Simmons, an outfielder from Spring-Ford, was selected by the Texas Rangers at No. 449.
Simmons, who missed the entire 2018 season with a shoulder injury, batted .352 last year as a sophomore, second on the team behind Adam Haseley, the Phillies' first-round selection in 2017.
Catcher Tre Todd ended a nearly six-round drought for local players when the Los Angeles Dodgers picked the Gloucester Catholic alum from Liberty University with the 644th overall selection. Another Garden State native went in the 23rd round when Penn State righthander Justin Hagenman (Bishop Eustace) also was picked by the Dodgers.