Virginia Baseball’s Zack Gelof has been selected in the 2nd round, 60th overall in the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics. He went just seven spots after teammate Andrew Abbott, who was picked at No. 53 by the Cincinnati Reds.
Oakland took shortstop Max Muncy — no, not Los Angeles Dodgers Max Muncy — with the No. 25 overall pick. The Athletics currently have 28-year-old Matt Chapman as their starting third baseman, with Jacob Wilson also listed in the position on their roster.
The pick comes with a slot value of 1.16M and it’s possible that Gelof could sign for slightly higher given his ability to return to Charlottesville.
Gelof put an exclamation point on a stellar Virginia career this season, leading the Cavaliers in almost every offensive statistical category. He led the team in hits, runs, and doubles while also being tied with Kyle Teel for the team lead in home runs. But it was in the postseason when he shined. In Virginia’s run to Omaha, Gelof batted .391 with two home runs and eleven runs scored in eleven games.
He was a career .316 hitter topping .300 in all three of this years in Charlottesville and improved his power numbers each season culminating in nine home runs hit in 2021.
The draft continues Monday and will run through round ten. The draft will conclude Tuesday with rounds 11-20. There is still a chance for several Virginia players to hear their names called, so stick with Streaking the Lawn for more updates.