June 5, 2019
⚾: Four Noles Taken in 2019 MLB Draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Florida State prepares for this weekend’s Super Regional against LSU, four Seminoles heard their names called in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft Tuesday. Third baseman Drew Mendoza was selected in the third round by the Washington Nationals; pitcher J.C. Flowers went in the fourth round to the Pittsburgh Pirates; pitcher Drew Parrish was picked by the Kansas City Royals in the eighth round; and senior infielder Mike Salvatore was selected in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners.

Drew Mendoza – 3rd Round – Pick 94 – Washington Nationals
J.C. Flowers – 4th Round – Pick 124 – Pittsburgh Pirates
Drew Parrish – 8th Round – Pick 229 – Kansas City Royals
Mike Salvatore – 9th Round – Pick 276 – Seattle Mariners

Mendoza’s 16 home runs are the most for a Nole since 2010 and he also leads FSU with 55 runs batted in, 59 runs scored and 65 walks. Most recently, Mendoza was named to the All-Athens Regional team after hitting a pair of home runs against Florida Atlantic and hitting .467 in the three games.

Mendoza is the second Nole taken by the Washington Nationals in the past two years after Andrew Karp was a sixth-round pick in 2018.

Flowers, from Orange Park, Fla., has a team-low 1.52 earned run average in 23.2 innings in 2019, with 22 strikeouts and just four runs allowed. His 11 saves lead the Atlantic Coast Conference and rank in the Top 10 in FSU single-season history. He has started in centerfield for all three seasons in Tallahassee and 2019 was his first as a pitcher. At the plate, Flowers hit 13 home runs and has a .278 batting average this year.

Flowers is the highest drafted pitcher for Florida State since Luke Weaver went in the first round in 2014 to St. Louis.

Parrish has been the Seminoles’ Friday night starter all year and enters Saturday against LSU with an 8-5 record and 5.07 ERA. He ranks sixth in FSU history with 333 career strikeouts and has started 47 games since his freshman season in 2017. Parrish is the first Seminole since 2011 with back-to-back 100 strikeout seasons, throwing 128 as an All-American in 2018 and 112 so far in 2019.

In 2018, the Royals selected Parrish’s former teammates Jackson Lueck (also in the eighth round) and Rhett Aplin.

Salvatore, a junior college transfer that spent two seasons with Florida State, leads FSU with 84 hits and a .341 batting average. The shortstop was named the Athens Regional MVP, hitting .643 with eight runs scored, four RBI and a home run against FAU and Georgia. Salvatore has started all 112 games over the past two seasons and his batting average has jumped nearly 100 points (.244 to .341) from 2018 to 2019.

The Seattle Mariners have also now taken a Nole in back-to-back years after Cal Raleigh, FSU’s first pick in 2018, was taken in the third round.

Florida State faces LSU in the Super Regional this weekend at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge. Games are set for Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 6pm and Monday’s ‘if-necessary’ game at 8:30pm. All times are Eastern.

For more information on Florida State baseball, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSUBaseball), Facebook (/FSUBaseball), and Instagram (@NoleBaseball).

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