Four Mountaineers selected in MLB Draft

Four Mountaineers selected in MLB Draft

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Four Mountaineers selected in MLB Draft

Kyle Gray was drafted in the 14th round by the New York Yankees. (Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–On Wednesday, West Virginia baseball standouts Kyle Gray, Jimmy Galusky and BJ Myers were drafted on the final day of the MLB Draft. The three joined pitcher Michael Grove, who was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round on Monday night.

The New York Yankees selected Gray in the 14th round while Galusky was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round and Myers went in the 35th round to the Tampa Bay Rays.

In his junior season with the Mountaineers, Gray, led the team in nearly every offensive category and was second in the Big 12 with a .677 slugging percentage, third with a .374 batting average and a .462 on-base percentage, fourth with 14 home runs and 134 total bases and 10th with 74 hits. He was an All-Big 12 First Team honoree this season. The Blanco, Texas native’s 2018 season was known for his 23-game hitting streak, the longest by a WVU player since 2009.

In 165 career games, Gray had a batting average of .302 with 174 hits, 17 home runs, 91 RBIs, a .479 slugging percentage and a .407 on-base percentage.

Jimmy Galusky was drafted in the 20th round by the Chicago White Sox.
(Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS)

Galusky finished this season second on the team with a career-high seven home runs and fourth with a .412 on-base percentage and 30 RBIs. He batted .253 with 49 hits and 13 stolen bases in 18 attempts.

The Arthurdale, W.Va. native was a two-time All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honoree and was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List as a redshirt sophomore in 2017.

In his career, Galusky’s 387 assists are tied for sixth-most all-time. In 173 career games with 171 starts, the junior shortstop batted a .259 clip with 150 hits, 12 home runs and 73 RBIs.

Myers’ senior campaign was full of ups and downs but his heart shined through. He led the team with 77.1 innings pitched and 14 starts. He struck out 59 batters and posted a 4.19 ERA.

Myers earned Freshman All-America honors and was named to the All-Big 12 Rookie Team in 2015, while he was recognized on the All-Big 12 Second Team in 2017.

BJ Myers was selected in the 35th round by the Tampa Bay.
(Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS)

The right-hander Flower Mound, Texas native holds the Mountaineers’ record with 305.1 innings pitched in his career and is tied for No. 1 all-time with 49 starts. He finished his career ranked No. 2 in program history with 67 career appearances and No. 8 with 245 strikeouts.

Myers is the first WVU player ever drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Grove missed the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John’s surgery last spring.

In 2017, the right-hander was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. He posted a 2.87 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 47.0 innings pitched and held opposing batters to a .174 batting average.

Last April against Kansas, Grove flirted with a no-hitter. 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.

As a freshman the Wheeling native had 56 strikeouts and a 3.40 ERA in 45.0 innings. He made seven starts in 16 appearances. He was All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

Grove is the 11th Mountaineer to be drafted in the top-10 rounds and the fourth to be picked in the top two. He is WVU’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.

Michael Grove was picked in the second round of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

The Mountaineers have had 90 draft selections in program history. During head coach randy Mazey’s tenure, WVU has had 20 draft picks, the most in a six-year stretch in program history.

The Mountaineers had three 2018 signees drafted in this year’s draft.

The Oakland Athletics selected Lawrence Butler in the sixth round. Theo McDowell was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 14th round and Paul McIntosh was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 34th round.

Draft picks have until later this summer to pursue professional careers or return to school.

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