LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, the Miami Marlins selected USC third baseman Johnny Olmstead in the 19th round of the 2023 MLB Draft.
With Olmstead’s selection, USC continues its streak of having at least one player picked in every MLB Draft since the draft’s inception in 1965.
Olmstead has played at USC for the past four years under head coaches Jason Gill and Andy Stankiewicz. After seeing limited playing time in his first two seasons on campus (one of which was cut short due to the COVID-19 Pandemic), Olmstead served as the Trojans’ starting third baseman over the past two seasons. He enjoyed his best season offensively in 2023, batting .288 with 11 home runs, 48 RBIs, and ten stolen bases.
Players selected in rounds 11-20 of the MLB Draft typically sign for around $125,000. Like all draftees, Olmstead has until July 25 to sign with the team that selected him. He does have one more year of NCAA eligibility remaining, should he decided not to sign.
Robinson not selected
Perhaps just as important for USC as Olmstead’s selection was a player who did not hear his name called in the draft: Duce Robinson.
A five-star tight end, Robinson signed to play football for USC under Lincoln Riley, and will compete for playing time at the position this fall. However, Robinson is also a rising star on the baseball diamond, and hoped to hear his name called in this year’s MLB Draft.
Had he been selected, Robinson likely would have likely attempted to play professional baseball and college football at the same time. After going undrafted, however, he will instead play both sports at USC, a huge win for Trojans’ head baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz.
USC already has a notable multi-sport athlete on campus in rising sophomore Austin Overn. After serving as a walk-on wide receiver on the football team last fall, Overn started in center field for the baseball team this spring, earning Freshman All-American honors and shattering the USC record for most triples in a season.