Last year, the Virginia Cavaliers had two baseball players drafted in the top 10 of the MLB Draft. The results this year weren’t quite that stellar, but still, two Wahoos heard their names called yesterday during the first day of the Draft. As discussed yesterday, both Jake McCarthy and Daniel Lynch were expected to go early on, and neither was disappointed.
Though most draft boards seemed to have McCarthy as the higher-rated player, Lynch was actually the first off the board. He was taken in the first round, 34th by the Kansas City Royals. That slot is worth just over $2 million ($2,066,700 to be exact).
Just five picks later, McCarthy was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 39th pick. That pick falls in the Competitive Balance Round A. You may recall that the D-backs also drafted Pavin Smith last year. The slot value for McCarthy is $1,834,500.
McCarthy missed most of this season with a wrist injury, which likely explains why he fell to the Competitive Balance Round. He’s a very good defensive CF with OBP skills and speed. He hasn’t shown a ton of power yet, though he projects to develop some.
Lynch is a tall (6’4”) lefty with four passable pitches. He struck out 105 hitters in just 88 innings (versus just 24 walks), but also had a 3.96 ERA and a 4-4 record. He sits in the low 90s with his fastball. Lynch is seen as a guy with a high-floor, but probably has a ceiling of #4 starter.
The other name of interest to Wahoo baseball fans is prep OF Mike Siani. There was speculation that he could go in the second round, which could provide him enough of a financial incentive to skip college. Siani, though, was not taken yesterday. That doesn’t mean he’s definitely heading to Charlottesville. Slot values for the third round begin at around $750k, so he could still opt to sign. But at this point, he may be better suited to go to college.
The MLB Draft continues today with rounds 3-10 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Siani is considered one of the top remaining prospects and could go early on today.
Several other Hoos will be drafted at some point, but none are really considered top prospects. Senior Derek Casey is one to watch, as he has a year of eligibility remaining after missing all of the 2016 season with an elbow injury.