Grove leads list of Mountaineers taken in draft
SHEPHERDSTOWN – Tommy John surgery kept WVU’s Michael Grove from pitching in the 2018 season, but it didn’t keep the Los Angeles Dodgers from selecting him in the June draft of amateurs. In fact, the Dodgers were so impressed with Groves 2017 season with the Mountaineers, they took him in the second round (68th player overall) and then signed him with a $1.2 million bonus.
The million-plus bonus was the largest ever given any WVU baseball player, exceeding that given to infielder Jedd Gyorko, now with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Grove played at Wheeling Park High. The right-handed pitcher limited opponents to a .174 batting average in 2017.
WVU infielder Kyle Gray was selected in the 14th round of the major league draft by the New York Yankees. The Blanco, Texas native had a 23-game hitting streak in 2018 for the Mountaineers. He batted a team-leading .374 and had 14 home runs.
Gray is now playing for the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League, a short-season Class A circuit.
Shortstop Jimmy Galusky, a redshirt junior who played at Preston High School, was selected in the 20th round by the Chicago White Sox. This past season, Galusky hit seven home runs and had a .253 batting average for the Mountaineers, who finished with a 29-27 overall record.
After signing his professional contract, Galusky is now playing for the Great Falls Voyagers in the Pioneer League, a rookie circuit.
Pitcher B.J. Myers, from Flower Mound, Texas, was taken in the 35th round of the draft by Tampa Bay. The senior right-hander pitched 77.1 innings in 2018. He had 14 starts and finished with a 4.19 ERA for the Mountaineers.
Myers is now with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League.
Gyorko has become the highest paid one-time Mountaineer ever to play in the major leagues. His salary for the 2018 season is $11 million. His contract calls for him to be paid $16 million in 2019.