LEXINGTON, Ky. — At the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s annual Player Draft at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, FL., the Wild Health Genomes selected C Alexis “Scrappy” Hopkins at No. 8. Hopkins is believed to be the first female position player ever drafted by an American professional baseball team for an on-field role.
Lexington Legends and Wild Health Genomes CEO, Andy Shea, remarked, “Alexis was the right pick at the right time by Mark in the draft. We are thrilled to have her join the Genomes and Lexington sports. This is going to be a very special team!”
Hopkins accompanies Lindsay Gardner, the Genomes Hitting Consultant, as the Genomes continue changing the face of professional baseball, entering the 2022 season with multiple females in the clubhouse.
Additionally, Scrappy joins LHP Carey Schueler, a 43rd round pick of the White Sox in 1993, and Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, who was selected at the age of 72-years old by the Washington Nationals in 2008 during a special supplemental Negro League MLB Draft.
The Genomes are a part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball – the first Partner League of Major League Baseball, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 1,000 players to MLB organizations while drawing 44 million fans to its family-friendly ballparks over its 24-year history. For more information ALPB or tickets to see Genomes play, please visit lexingtonlegends.com
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