Two Purcellville Cannons have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
According to Valley League Baseball, the Texas Rangers selected third baseman Tyler Ratliff in the 17th round, and right-handed pitcher Will Reed, a Loudoun Valley High School ace, went to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round. Reed had not yet made an appearance for the Cannons this season.
“We couldn’t be prouder that Will and Tyler were drafted by MLB,” said Brett Fuller, the Cannons’ team president and on-field manager. “Not only are they great ballplayers, they’re both fine young men, and we’re proud that Will and Tyler joined the Cannons along their path to the pros.”
Reed, a second-year Cannon and fan favorite, was held out of action this summer in anticipation of the draft. Last season, the Purcellville native dominated the Valley League, with seven saves and four wins in 14 appearances, striking out 35 in 22 innings.
At least 44 former Valley League players were drafted, nearly double last year’s total of 26. Several former Cannons, including some from the Cannons’ days in Charles Town, WV, before moving to Fireman’s Field in Purcellville, were also drafted. Those include right-handed pitcher Malik Jones to the Oakland Athletics in the 23rd round; right-handed pitcher Riley Echols to the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round; center fielder Peyton Maddox to the San Francisco Giants in the 33rd round; left-handed pitcher Karl Craigie to the Miami Marlins in the 34th round; and infielder Cooper Coldiron to the Chicago Cubs in the 39th round.
One other current Valley League player, Front Royal pitcher Ted Andrews, was also selected this year. The Chicago White Sox drafted Andrews in the 37th round.