The 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft heated up Monday night and wound down Wednesday night.

A possible future Knight went on day one and present Knights were taken on days two and three.

UCF first baseman James Vasquez was selected in the 25th round, 745th overall, and pitcher Mitchell Tripp was selected in the 36th round, 1,075th overall, by the Cincinnati Reds.

Vasquez was listed as the No. 34 prospect among seniors in college and Rodgers was listed as the No. 102 prospect in the state of Florida by Baseball America.

He amassed a .285 batting average with 23 homeruns and 146 RBIs in his four-year career at UCF. His defensive game was among the best on the team with 1,442 putouts and only 22 errors — a .986 fielding percentage. He earned All-ACC Second Team during the 2014 season.

Tripp transferred to UCF in 2014 after two years at Lower Columbia College but has not played in a game for the Knights due to injury.

Pitcher Zach Rodgers took to Twitter Wednesday to announce the news.

Another junior college transfer in 2014, Rodgers made a tremendous impact in the Knights pitching rotation as he went 17-1 with 142 strikeouts in 170.1 innings.

He was named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team and the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Second Team All-America this year.

Shortstop Dylan Moore became the first Knight selected in this year's draft after he was taken in the seventh round, 198th overall, by the Texas Rangers.

Tommy Williams, who was drafted in the 20th round of the 2011 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, was listed as the No. 71 prospect in Florida by Baseball America. He was not selected again.


Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JHeil11 or email him at