Sports Agents

Ballengee Group Has Big Start To MLB Draft

Sports agency Ballengee Group had a very impressive start to the 2016 MLB Draft, with its advisees comprising 20% of the top 15 picks in the first round. In true Ballengee style, the company preferred to not break down its clients by advisor, but instead provide a list for the company as a whole.

Of note, Ballengee is made up of twelve MLBPA certified agents, many of whom have had long, successful careers at other companies prior to joining forces at Ballengee.

Here’s the Ballengee clients selected in the first 100 picks of the 2016 MLB Draft:

12th pick – Jason Groome (Barnegat HS) – Red Sox

14th pick – Will Benson (Westminster Schools) –  Indians

15th pick – Alex Kirilloff (Plum Senior HS) – Twins

66th pick – Bo Bichette (Lakewood HS) – Blue Jays

87th pick – Bryson Brigman (University of San Diego) – Mariners

95th pick – Heath Quinn (Samford University) – Giants

97th pick – Jake Rogers (Tulane) – Astros

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.