Count Florida baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan as the latest college coach to take a shot at the timing of the Major League Baseball draft.
Sullivan had two players taken in the first round on Monday night, third baseman Jonathan India and starting pitcher Brady Singer. With Florida playing an NCAA Tournament Gainesville Regional game at the time, the two Gators were not able to enjoy the moment for more than a second.
O’Sullivan was on the Paul Finebaum Show on Thursday afternoon discussing the Gators’ Super Regional this weekend against Auburn as well as the 2018 MLB Draft, and he didn’t hold back on his thoughts about the timing of the event.
Another college baseball coach speaks out against the #MLBDraft
"Jonathan India was selected 5th overall and the way he found out is one of our fans yelled from the stands…it would have been nice if he could have enjoyed that moment with his family" – Kevin O'Sullivan pic.twitter.com/9MHHOnVRH1
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 7, 2018
“Jonathan India was selected 5th overall, and the way he found out is one of our fans yelled from the stands,” O’Sullivan said. “It would have been nice if he could have enjoyed that moment with his family.”
After India went fifth to the Cincinnati Reds, the Kansas City Royals picked Singer with the 18th pick.
While timing and scheduling is the biggest point of contention for O’Sullivan, bad luck in terms of weather put his first-round picks in that situation on Monday.
The Gainesville Regional was originally scheduled to finish on Sunday, but rain over the weekend pushed the finish to Monday. Then games were delayed until Monday night because of rain.
Because it is not uncommon for rain to prolong these regionals into Mondays, it doesn’t seem like too far of a stretch for the MLB draft to change to a Tuesday start.
That argument is basically what O’Sullivan is pointing out. Draft day is a special day for these kids and they should be able to spend it with their families and close friends, not trying to balance where they land with what the opposing pitcher is going to throw in the next at-bat.