Five former Mohawks taken in MLB draft

AMSTERDAM — Though they had an off day on the field, the Amsterdam Mohawks were busy Monday as five former players were selected on the second day of the three-day Major League Baseball draft.

Dylan Smith, Tanner Allen, Eric Carantola, Sam Praytor and Mike Antico all were selected Monday.

Smith, who plays for the University of Alabama, was taken in the third round with the 74th pick by the Detroit Tigers. Smith played for the Mohawks’ Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship team in 2019. Smith played in 12 games, striking out 28, walking five and allowing 12 hits over 19 innings.

Allen, who plays for Mississippi State, was taken in the fourth round with the 118th pick by the Miami Marlins. Allen was part of the Bulldogs’ NCAA championship team in June. Allen played for the Mohawks in 2018, hitting .323 in 17 games. He finished with three doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs as the Mohawks reached the PGCBL championship series before losing to Jamestown.

Cerantola is another Mississippi State product. He was taking in the fifth round with the 139th pick by the Kansas City Royals. Carantola played for the Mohawks in 2019. Carantola allowed six hits, struck out 22, walked eight and allowed three runs over 12 innings.

Praytor, who plays for the University of Alabama, was taken in the sixth round with the 179th pick by the Miami Marlins. Praytor played for the Mohawks in 2018, hitting .350 in 12 games with five doubles.

Antico, who plays for the University of Texas, was taken in the eighth round with the 241st pick by the St. Louis Cardinals. Antico played for the Mohawks in 2018, hitting .239 in 37 games. He finished with three doubles, two home runs, a triple, 11 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

The draft concludes today with rounds 11 through 20.

By Paul Wager