Sandy Koufax was taken in the draft for the inaugural season of the Israel Baseball League. "His selection is a tribute to the esteem with which he is held by everyone associated with this league," said former big leaguer Aret Shamsky, who will manage the Miracle. "It's been 41 years between starts for him. If he's rested and ready to take the mound again, we want him on our team." The 45-game season begins in late June. The draft included nine nations and expect at least 100 Israeli citizens to be participating this season. The first pick was Aaron Levin, who played for Cuesta Community College and he was also selected by Modi'in.