Baseball | July 11, 2023
LOS ANGELES – USC baseball senior Johnny Olmstead (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) was chosen by the Miami Marlins in the 19th round of the 2023 MLB Draft on Tuesday, July 11.
Olmstead—currently playing for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod Baseball League—received the call on the third day of the draft and becomes the 349th USC player selected in the MLB Draft. A USC player has now been taken in every MLB Draft since it was instituted in 1965.
Olmstead played the last five seasons for the Trojans after arriving at Troy in 2019. He appeared in 176 games and made 156 career starts. Olmstead posted his best collegiate season in 2023, hitting .288 with 11 homers, 48 RBI, 45 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases, all career highs for the third baseman. Olmstead also led USC with 14 doubles and had four triples to his team-best 11 home runs to lead USC with a .544 slugging percentage. For his career, the Costa Mesa native had 23 homers, 28 doubles, eight triples, 97 RBI, and 98 runs scored.