Ari Schultz, a 5-year-old boy, has been in Boston Children’s Hospital for over six months. Ari was diagnosed with critical aortic stenosis and evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome during the second trimester of his mother’s pregnancy. These complications eventually led to the need for a heart transplant.
On March 3, Ari received a heart transplant. And on Wednesday, he received news that he will *finally* get to leave the hospital. His reaction will absolutely melt your heart.
One could argue that the most important work of this draft has already been done, but there are a number of productive players throughout baseball who were drafted after the 10th round.
Mark Reynolds (16th round), Logan Morrison (22nd), and Scott Schebler (26th) are all in the top 10 in home runs this season, while pitcher Robbie Ray (12th round) ranks fourth in the majors in Wins Above Replacement (3.4).
Mike Piazza made the Hall of Fame after getting drafted in 1988 in the 62nd round, a round that no longer even exists. Future Hall of Fame slugger Albert Pujols slipped all the way to the 13th round in 1999.
Oregon State here holds the added advantage of a stellar pitching staff, even without Friday ace Luke Heimlich, who announced Thursday that he would not be traveling with the team to Omaha, so as not to create further distraction for the team on its title attempt. In the lead-up to the Beavers’ Corvallis super regional, The Oregonian discovered that Heimlich was a registered sex offender, having been convicted of molesting a younger family member when he was 15 years old.