Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 9, 2013

Hokies, Mounties picked in MLB draft

Staff, wire report
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLACKSBURG, Va. — On the final day of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Virginia Tech Hokies had three players hear their names called, bringing the total number of Tech players chosen in the 2013 draft to six — the second most ever in a single draft for the school.

The first player taken on Saturday was junior pitcher Eddie Campbell, chosen in the 15th round with the 447th pick by the Seattle Mariners.

It’s the third time the Mariners have taken a Hokie, as the other two were Brian Fitzgerald (1996) and Brian Rupe (1981).

This is the second time that Campbell has been selected in the MLB draft, as he was a 44th round pick by the Cincinnati Reds, as the 1,327th selection back in 2010.

In the 27th round with the 816th pick, the Detroit Tigers chose senior pitcher Joe Mantiply. With this selection, Mantiply became the first Hokie player to be chosen three times in the MLB draft.

Out of high school, the New York Mets took him in the 48th round of the 2009 draft, and in 2012, the Philadelphia Phillies selected him in the 28th round, 62 picks later than this year.

Mantiply becomes just the second Tech player selected by the Tigers, as pitcher Ian Ostlund was taken back in 2001.

The third Tech player taken on the final day of the draft was junior pitcher Colin O’Keefe, who was selected in the 33rd round with the 997th overall pick by the Los Angeles Angels.

This was the fourth Hokie ever taken by the Angels organization, but the first by the “Los Angeles” team. California took Bimbo Coles in 1990 (54th round), while Anaheim took two — Larry Bowles in 2000 (30th) and Joe Saunders (12th overall pick).

O’Keefe was the fourth Tech player taken this year that was not drafted out of high school, joiningChad Pinder, Tyler Horan and Jake Joyce, while Campbell and Mantiply both improved their draft pick by more than 600 spots from their high school selections.

The six picks in the 2013 draft trailed only the 2010 draft for the number of overall picks (8) and was one better than the 1982 draft.

The six picks also brought the total number of Hokies taken in the MLB draft to 84 total selections.

Five chosen

from WVU

MORGANTOWN — Four current members and one future member of the West Virginia University baseball team were chosen on the final day of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the draftees as it is a great honor in itself,” coach Randy Mazey said, in a press release. “It is the sign of a good program when that many underclassmen get drafted in one season.”

Third baseman Ryan Tuntland was picked by the San Francisco Giants with the 882nd pick in the 29th round, left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 991st pick in the 33rd round, right-handed pitcher Sean Carley was chosen by the San Diego Padres with the 1,018th pick in the 34th round and first baseman Ryan McBroom was picked by the Kansas City Royals with the 1,074th pick in the 36th round.

Incoming freshman Dmitri Casas of Cherry Creek High in Greenwood Village, Colo., also was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 1,141st pick of the 38th round.

This is the most draftees WVU has had since the 2007 season when four players were picked. Tuntland is the third player to be drafted by San Francisco, Musgrave is the third player to be drafted by Philadelphia, Carley is the fourth player to be drafted by San Diego and McBroom is the second player to be drafted by Kansas City in WVU history.

Tuntland finished his junior season with a .325 batting average, nine doubles, one triple, three homers and 36 RBIs, while leading the team with a .416 on-base percentage.

Musgrave, the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, went 9-1 with a 2.17 earned run average as a sophomore.

Musgrave struck out 81 in 95.1 innings with three complete games, three shutouts and a .197 opponent batting average.

Carley sat out the 2013 season due to NCAA regulations after transferring to WVU from Air Force.

McBroom led WVU in homers (12), RBIs (48), doubles (19) and runs (39) as a junior. He also had a .268 batting average.

“It’s a lifelong dream to get drafted and I’m excited and honored to say that I was given the chance by a great team like the Royals,” McBroom says.

All five players were drafted for the first time in their respective careers.

They have until July 12th to decide whether they wish to pursue professional careers or return to WVU.

Nats pick Ballou

HUNTINGTON — Isaac Ballou, senior centerfielder for the Thundering Herd baseball team, was selected in the 15th round (466 overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

Ballou, a native of Smithfield, Va., was the second player from Marshall’s 2013 squad to be selected and the 18th draft selection under Marshall head coach Jeff Waggoner.

The final pick of the 15th round, Ballou was the seventh Marshall player, including Aaron Blair who was taken 36th overall this year, to be selected in one of the first 15 rounds of the First Year Player Draft.

Ballou, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 36th round of the 2011 draft, was the first outfielder selected by the Nationals.

In four seasons with Marshall, Ballou put together a decorated career in which he set four individual records and ranked among the top 10 in several statistical categories.  

His career walks (129) and career triples (16) were most among any player in Marshall history while his seven triples in 2011 and 43 walks in 2012 also stand as records.

Ballou ranks second all-time in Marshall history with 64 career stolen bases, fourth all-time with 722 at-bats, fourth all-time with 211 hits, fourth all-time with 144 runs scored, and ninth all-time with 287 total bases.

Ballou was an All-Conference USA first team selection in 2013 after leading the team in hitting (.328), on-base percentage (.438), slugging percentage (.433), hits (66), walks (37), doubles (17), runs (40), and stolen bases (13).  

He was third-best in C-USA in on-base percentage, fourth in walks, runs, and stolen bases, eighth in batting average, and ninth in hits.

Ballou followed Marshall junior pitcher Aaron Blair (36th overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks) as the second member of the Herd taken in this year’s draft.