Major League Drafts

Three Lake Castle Graduates Selected in 2015 Major League Draft

 

Three former Lake Castle Madisonville baseball players and graduates - Christian Trent, Ben Yokley, and Blake Butera - were selected in the 2015 June Major League Baseball draft.

 

One must consider the following numbers to truly appreciate the magnitude of this accomplishment. Only 1,225 players nationwide were selected in the 40 rounds of the draft.

 

Who is eligible to be drafted? Every high school senior who plays baseball in the nation, every junior college baseball player, and every baseball player in a 4 year college who is either a junior or a senior, and/or a sophomore who has turned 21 years of age by June 1.

 

There are literally a million or more players eligible to be drafted and only 1,225 are selected. And three of those 1,225 came from one grammar school in Madisonville, Louisiana! One would be correct to wonder if any other grammar school in the nation had such an accomplishment.

 

The three became the 7th, 8th, and 9th former Lake Castle graduates to be drafted by Major League Baseball in the 20-year history of the school.

 

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Christian Trent, a left-handed pitcher and graduate of Ole Miss.

 

The St. Louis Cardinals selected 2nd Lieutenant Ben Yokley, a right-handed pitcher and graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.

 

The Tampa Bay Rays drafted Blake Butera, a second baseman and graduate of Boston College.

 

We wish all three of our former Lake Castle Madisonville graduates the best of luck as they continue to pursue their dreams!

2nd Lieutenant Benjamin C. Yokley
DOB: September 1, 1992
Draft: Round 29 (2015, STL)
School: United States Air Force Academy
Air Force Senior Picture
Air Force Senior Picture

2nd Lieutenant Ben Yokley
2nd Lieutenant Ben Yokley

Muddy Lake Castle Ben
Muddy Lake Castle Ben

Air Force Senior Picture
Air Force Senior Picture

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Blake Matthew Butera
DOB: August 7, 1992
Draft: Round 35 (2015, TB)
School: Boston College
Lake Castle Jets
Lake Castle Jets

Lake Castle Jets
Lake Castle Jets

Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays

Lake Castle Jets
Lake Castle Jets

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Christian W. Trent 
DOB: September 10, 1992
Draft: Round 24 (2015, MIL)
School: Mississippi
Ole Miss
Ole Miss

Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss Rebels

Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers

Ole Miss
Ole Miss

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Barry Butera Jr.
DOB: June 5, 1987
Draft: Round 21 (2009, HOU)
School: Boston College
Jets 2002
Jets 2002

Jesuit State Champs
Jesuit State Champs

Astros Minor League MVP's
Astros Minor League MVP's

Jets 2002
Jets 2002

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Jonathan C. Garrett 
DOB: March 31, 1986
School: Tulane
Angels
Angels

Tulane
Tulane

Garrett Delivers a Pitch
Garrett Delivers a Pitch

Angels
Angels

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Taylor Nunez
DOB: July 28, 1992
School: Southern Mississippi
Lake Castle Jets
Lake Castle Jets

Lake Castle's Taylor Nunez
Lake Castle's Taylor Nunez

Red Sox Taylor Nunez
Red Sox Taylor Nunez

Lake Castle Jets
Lake Castle Jets

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