The 2018 MLB draft kicks off tonight at 7 PM. For the 5th year in a row the Cavalier baseball team could see one of their own taken in the first round with both Jake McCarthy and Daniel Lynch both being eyed by MLB teams.
3rd year outfielder Jake McCarthy was previously drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 23rd round prior to coming to UVa. The outfielder has lived up to the expectations many placed upon him after his brother left by hitting .337 with 50 RBI and a .423 on base percentage. A broken wrist limited McCarthy to just 20 games this season, but the MLB teams are overlooking that. MLB.com has him slotted as the 39th overall prospect in this year’s draft, but many experts expect him to be drafted somewhere in the 21-30 range.
Though he was not previously drafted in 2015, Daniel Lynch earned himself quite a payday last summer in the Cape Cod League, and followed it up with an impressive Junior season for UVa. The tall lefty sits in the low 90s with his fastball, which makes MLB salivate. Even though he’s considered the 77th overall prospect by mlb.com, some think he could be drafted in the first round by the Chicago Cubs or the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The final name to watch for impact on the Cavaliers will be Mike Siani. Siani is one of the Cavaliers’ top recruits for this upcoming year. Siani is one of the top high outfielders in this year’s draft, and it looks like he might be destined to never wear a Virginia uniform. He is a two time member of Team USA’s national team and could step right into the outfield from day one. Add to the fact that he throws 90+ from the mound, and he could be Virginia’s best two way player since Danny Hultzen. Most don’t expect Siani to get drafted in the first round, but could see him picked in the supplemental rounds or the 2nd round, which would still make him a threat to sign given how much those draft slots are worth.
Fortunately, those are the only names likely to be drafted in the top two rounds tonight from UVa. Unfortunately, that is still a lot of talent, but that is the price you pay when you have a program at the level of Virginia.