Baseball America projects Mount Pleasant native Nick Ciuffo as Orioles 1st round pick

Nick Ciuffo, a catcher at Lexington High School and a Mount Pleasant native, is projected as a first-round MLB draft pick

Brad Nettles

Nick Ciuffo has been invited to MLB Network studios in New York for the first round on June 6, and for good reason. Baseball America (among others) projects the Mount Pleasant native as a first-round pick; BA sees Ciuffo going to the Baltimore Orioles with the No. 22 overall pick.

“Though Baltimore is set at catcher with (Stratford High School graduate) Matt Wieters, it still makes sense to draft the best available talent in the first round,” writes BA’s Jim Callis.

Ciuffo played at Wando High School as a freshman and sophomore before moving to Lexington High School near Columbia.

Ciuffo has signed with South Carolina.

Austin Meadows, a Georgia high school outfielder projected as the No. 12 pick, is a Clemson signee.

Atlanta Braves projected pick: right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey of Catawba, N.C., the son of former big league closer Bryan Harvey.

The New York Yankees, the Charleston RiverDogs’ parent club, own three first-round picks this year.

How Callis sees the first round unfolding:

1. Astros: Mark Appel, Stanford, RHP

2. Cubs: Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma U., RHP

3. Rockies: Kris Bryant, U. of San Diego, 3B

4. Twins: Kohl Stewart, St. Pius HS (Houston), RHP

5. Indians: Braden Shipley, Nevada, RHP

6. Marlins: Reese McGuire, Kentwood HS, Covington, Wash., C

7. Red Sox: Clint Frazier, Loganville (Ga.) HS, OF

8. Royals: Ryne Stanek, Arkansas, RHP

9. Pirates: Colin Moran, North Carolina, 3B

10. Blue Jays: Trey Ball, New Castle (Ind.) HS, LHP

11. Mets: D.J. Peterson, New Mexico, 3B

12. Mariners: Austin Meadows, Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga., OF

13. Padres: Phil Bickford, Oak Christian HS, Westlake Village, Calif., LHP

14. Pirates: Sean Manaea, Indiana St., RHP

15. Diamondbacks: Huner Renfroe, Mississippi St., OF

16. Phillies: J.P. Crawford, Lakewood (Calif.) HS, SS

17. White Sox: Austin Wilson, Stanford, OF

18. Dodgers: Ian Clarkin, Madison HS, San Diego, LHP

19. Cardinals: Chris Anderson, Jacksonville U., RHP

20. Tigers: Jonathon Crawford, Florida, RHP

21. Rays: Aaron Judge, Fresno St., OF

22. Orioles: Nick Ciuffo, Lexington HS, Columbia, C

23. Rangers: Dominic Smith, Serra HS, Gardena HS, 1B

24. Athletics: Phillip Ervin, Samford, OF

25. Giants: Matt Krook, St. Ignatius HS, San Francisco, LHP

26. Yankees: Eric Jagielo, Notre Dame, 3B

27. Reds: Kyle Serrano, Farragut (Tenn.)HS, RHP

28. Cardinals: Billy McKinney, Plano West HS, Plano, Texas, OF

29. Rays: Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga, LHP

30. Rangers: Hunter Green, Warren East HS, Bowling Green, Ken., LHP

31. Braves: Hunter Harvey, Bandys HS, Catawba, N.C., RHP

32. Yankees: Rob Kaminsky, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J., LHP

33. Yankees: Jon Denny, Yukon (Okla.) HS, C

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