The capital region has a recent run of success when it comes to having local products selected in the MLB Draft. In the 2015 picture above, Niskayuna's own Garrett Whitley was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays' thirteenth overall. Just last season Ian Anderson was the third overall pick in the draft by the Atlanta Braves. In 2014, Jeff Hoffman was a top ten pick as well as he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. When you factor in other players like Murphy Smith, Ben Anderson and more it's been a great run of 518 products in the MLB draft. Below is a full list of players drafted in the 2017 MLB Draft. Why has the capital region produced so many professional prospects recently? Let us know below.

4th Round- Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Smith, Maryland (Columbia High School)

4th Round- Cleveland Indians Ernie Clement, Virginia (Albany Dutchmen, PGCBL)

8th Round- New York Yankees Kyle Zurak, Radford (Albany Dutchmen, PGCBL)

12th Round- Chicago White Sox, Justin Yurchak, Binghamton (Shenendehowa High School)

17th Round- Pittsburgh Pirates Gavin Wallace, Fairfield (Albany Dutchmen, PGCBL)

21st Round- Colorado Rockies, Louisana Tech Nate Harris (Albany Dutchmen PGCBL)

23rd Round-Arizona Diamondbacks, Dan Swain (Siena)

25th Round-Chicago Cubs- Mitch Stopel, King University (Albany Dutchmen, PGCBL