Junior shortstop Nic Kent has been selected 320th overall by the Colorado in the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft. He’s the fifth Cavalier selected in this year’s draft.
The pick doesn’t come with a slotted bonus value, but like Zack Gelof he has leverage given his option to come back to school. For the Rockies, he’s the second player they’ve chosen with Virginia ties as their first round draft pick, Benny Montgomery is slated to come to Virginia in the fall unless he signs (spoiler alert: he’s going to sign).
Kent had a down year in 2021, but still managed to bat .289 for his career. He was third in home runs with eight only one behind the leaders Zack Gelof and Kyle Teel. He’s been a mainstay in the middle of the infield for Virginia since his first year starting in 130 games straight since 2019. He was a Freshman All-American in 2019 and an All-ACC First team member
The draft will continue through the end of Tuesday. Stay with Streaking the Lawn as we bring all the Virginia players drafted.