The 2019 MLB draft has passed, and three players from Trinity Christian Academy's 2015 Florida Class 4A state championship team will have a chance to play professional baseball. Former Conquerors J.C. Flowers, Todd Lott, and Josh Broughton -- all TCA Conquerors in 2015 -- found themselves selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
J.C. Flowers (Florida State University) -- Pittsburgh Pirates, 4th Round
Flowers, a junior, excelled both on the mound and in center field for the Seminoles, who have advanced to the Super Regional and are one round away from the College World Series as of this posting. See FSU's write-up of J.C. Flowers here.
On the mound, Flowers notched 11 saves in 20 relief appearances (plus one start). He has a 1.52 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings pitched while holding opposing hitters to a .188 batting average and only three extra-base hits as of this posting. See his full stats here.
MLB's Draft tracker lists Flowers as a pitcher, but if that does not work out (an unlikely scenario), then his bat will certainly take over. At the plate, Flowers has put up on offensive line of .278/.378/.528, 13 HR, and 53 RBI in 59 games this season as the Seminoles' center fielder, where he has patrolled for three seasons.
Flowers was drafted in Round 16 by the Cincinnati Reds as a Conqueror in 2016 but chose FSU for his education in addition to playing baseball and enhancing his career and draft selection. Now, he has a chance to win a major college championship in addition to a high-school title before hitting the professional field.
Todd Lott (Louisiana Lafayette) -- St. Louis Cardinals, 9th Round
A junior outfielder, Lott had 8 home runs and 48 RBI while batting a robust .332 in 57 games for the Ragin Cajuns in 2019. He also slugged .505, had an OPS of .900, and stole 12 bases in 16 attempts. See his full stats line here.
The write-up on ragincajuns.com also reminds up that Lott was a first-team All-Sun Belt conference player this year and is a career .296 hitter with 73 RBI in 127 total games played.
Like Flowers, Lott was also drafted by the Reds (20th round) after his Conquerors finale in 2016. Lott chose college for the same reasons, and for both young men, the decision has paid tremendous dividends.
Josh Broughton (Valdosta State) -- Kansas City Royals, 25th Round
A senior third baseman, Broughton slashed .357/.414/.525 with 5 HR, 14 2B, 4 3B, 57 RBI, and 49 R in 55 games (all starts) this season for the Blazers. He was 13 for 16 in stolen-base attempts. See his full stats line here.
As described on vstateblazers.com, Broughton helped lead the Blazers to the NCAA Division II championship round. He was first-team All-Gulf South Conference. His double, triple, home run, and RBI totals and slugging percentage all led the team.
Trinity Christian Academy congratulates all three young men on their accomplishments. Hopefully, we will see them all facing each other -- or possibly playing together -- in the Major Leagues before too long.