The New York Yankees today drafted Staples High School senior and Duke signee Chad Knight with the 31st round with the 945th overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Chad Knight: likely headed to Duke. Duke University photo
A member of the legendary 2013 Westport Little League team that went to the Little League World Series, Knight is a four-year letterwinner at Staples, and has served as the co-captain of his varsity squad for the past two seasons.
Knight was tabbed the 2019 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Connecticut. He was named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class LL Division All-State first team in 2019 for the third consecutive season. He was also named as the FCIAC Player of the Year to close out his final prep campaign, marking his third straight year receiving the honor.
In advance of the draft, numerous baseball writers said Knight was unlikely to be wooed away with what the majors were willing to offer.