MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University junior right-handed pitcher Michael has been drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.
A Wheeling, West Virginia, native, Grove was selected with the 68th overall pick in the second round. He is the 11th Mountaineer to be drafted in the top 10 rounds and the fourth to be picked in the top two.
Grove is WVU’s 87th draft selection in program history, since the first draft was held in 1965. He is West Virginia’s highest draft pick since 2010, when Jedd Gyorko was selected in the second round with the 59th overall pick by the San Diego Padres.
In coach Randy Mazey’s six seasons, Grove is WVU’s 17th draft selection and the first to be picked above the eighth round.
Named to the All-Big 12 Second Team in 2017 and an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2016, Grove has made 25 career appearances on the mound with 16 starts as a Mountaineer. He is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
Grove made nine starts as a sophomore in 2017 and posted a 2.87 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 47.0 innings pitched while holding opposing batters to a .174 batting average. On April 8 against Kansas, he pitched 7.2 perfect innings before allowing a hit. He struck out 12 batters in 8.0 innings and earned multiple national Player of the Week accolades.
In his freshman campaign in 2016, Grove had 56 strikeouts and a 3.40 ERA in 45.0 innings. He made seven starts in 16 appearances.
Grove is the sixth Mountaineer picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the first since right-hander Vance McCracken in 2001 in the 18th round. WVU’s first-ever draft pick, in 1965, saw left-hander John Radosevich get selected by the Dodgers in the fifth round.
Along with Grove and Gyorko, WVU’s draft picks in the top two rounds include outfielder Darrell Whitmore, who was selected in the second round by the Cleveland Indians in 1990, and righty Chris Enochs, who was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Athletics in 1997.
The MLB Draft continues on Tuesday, with the third-10th rounds, while the draft concludes with rounds 11-40 on Wednesday.
Press release credit: Charlie Healy- WVU Sports Communications
Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS