West Virginia has eight players drafted
Last week’s major league baseball draft of free agents saw six current members of WVU’s team get selected during the 40 rounds of the three-day process.
Ryan McBroom and Corey Walter were two seniors whose eligibility had ended with the close of the 2014 season in the Big 12 tournament. A first baseman, McBroom was selected in the 15th round by Toronto. Walter, a pitcher, was then selected in the 28th round by Oakland.
Four other Mountaineers, all with remaining college eligibility, had been selected in earlier rounds.
Outfielder Bobby Boyd went to Houston in the eighth round and pitcher Harrison Musgrave was taken by Colorado in the eighth round. Both could sign professional contracts by mid-July or return to WVU for their senior years in 2015.
Pitcher John Means was selected by Baltimore in the 11th round and pitcher Sean Carley went to the New York Yankees in the 14th round. Both pitchers have the same options as Boyd and Musgrave and must decide by the end of the third week of July whether to remain an amateur and return to Morgantown for 2015 or sign a professional contract and begin play in some team’s minor league farm system.
Two players signed by Coach Randy Mazey for next year were also drafted. Left-handed pitcher Greg Maisto from McLennan CC was selected in the 16th round by Tampa Bay and high school senior left-hander Caleb Ferguson was taken in the 38th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Mountaineers went 1-2 in the Big 12 tournament after losing their final seven games of the regular season. In consecutive road series, the Mountaineers lost three times to Texas Tech and Kansas. The seventh loss was inflicted by Maryland. All three of those teams were involved in the 64-team NCAA tournament with Texas Tech reaching the College World Series and Maryland reaching the last game of best-of-three Super Regional series against Virginia.
Also, Texas of the Big 12 defeated Houston twice in a Super Regional hosted by the Longhorns and is going to the College World Series. Oklahoma State and Texas Christian University are two other Big 12 teams that were participants in the NCAA tournament.