Six Hokies selected in MLB Draft; Men’s track with another top 20 finish

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The MLB Draft concluded on Saturday, and a total of six Virginia Tech players were chosen.  That’s the second-highest total in VT history.  Eight players were drafted back in 2010.

SS Chad Pinder: 2nd round, #71 overall, Oakland Athletics
LF Tyler Horan: 8th round, #252 overall, San Francisco Giants
P Jake Joyce: 9th round, #286 overall, Washington Nationals
P Eddie Campbell: 15th round, #447 overall, Seattle Mariners
P Joe Mantiply: 27th round, #816 overall, Detroit Tigers
P Colin O’Keefe: 33rd round, #997 overall, LA Angels

Joe Mantiply is now the first player in Tech history to be drafted three times.  He was drafted in the 48th round out of high school, and in the 28th round last summer.

P Eddie Campbell

Eddie Campbell pitched very well for the Hokies in the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Regionals, and he was expected to be one of Tech’s top two starters next season.  However, his selection in the 15th round means he is likely to turn pro.  Pete Hughes will be searching for two new starters next season.

Chad Pinder, Tyler Horan, Jake Joyce and Colin O’Keefe were not drafted out of high school, which means they were developed well at Virginia Tech.

Men’s Track and Field Finishes in the Top 20

The men’s track and field program finished 19th at the NCAA Championships over the weekend.  It marked the sixth consecutive time that program has finished in the top 20.

Freshman Thomas Kruzliak won the National Championship in the Hammer Throw.  It was the program’s 14th individual National Championship, and the sixth in the Hammer Throw.  The Hokies had six All-Americans on the men’s team this year…

Jeff Artis-Gray – Long Jump, First Team
Tomas Kruzliak – Hammer Throw, First Team (National Champion)
Ronnie Black – High Jump, Second Team
Denis Mahmic – Hammer Throw, Second Team
Matthias Treff – Javelin Throw, Second Team
Chris Uhle – Pole Vault, Second Team

On the women’s side, Martina Schultze was a First Team All-American for her performance in the Pole Vault.  Annjulie Vester made the Second Team in the Hammer Throw.

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  1. there are 50 rounds in a MLB draft???

    Holy cow, for what reason? I think it’s absurd that you have 50 rounds , but unless you are in the top 7-8 rounds you will never play a single inning in the MLB. That’s what I read somewhere recently.

    Can baseball experts explain the rationale behind this absurdity? That’s what it seems like to me but I’m not a baseball fan, in fact I hate it.

    1. All 32 teams have at least AAA, 2 AA, 2 A, and a rookie league team with 30 roster spots or so each. So there’s roughly 6500-7000 pro baseball players….and it’s hard to project development…that’s why there are so many farm teams.

  2. 15th round money isn’t necessarily worth leaving school for. A good season next year could greatly increase his MLB stock. That said, he needs to do what’s in his best interest. I wish him the best, no matter what his decision is.

  3. Bummer for Andrew Rash. Dude came back for redshirt senior year to improve his fraft stock, then doesn’t get drafted after hitting .320-something with some good power numbers. What happened? If he’s not pro material I wish he could play another year for VT.

    1. I agree that Rash has to be disappointed. Good player, good attitude and a good guy. I suspect he will sign on with some team as a free agent.

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