MLB Draft Begins Thursday


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By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
June 04, 2014 06:47 PM

Harrison Musgrave
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A record-setting number of Mountaineers could go in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft, set to begin on Thursday, June 5 and to be televised live on MLB Network and MLB.com.
 
Six West Virginia University baseball players were selected in the 2001 draft, including 11th-rounder Shane Rhodes by the Boston Red Sox. Three times the Mountaineers saw four players get drafted, most recently in 2013. Three of the four chose to return to school.
 
This year, junior left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave will likely be the first Mountaineer taken, possibly as soon as Friday afternoon when rounds three through 10 commence.
 
Musgrave is currently rated 218th among Baseball America’s top 500 prospects following a junior season that saw him post a 5-3 record with 87 strikeouts and a 2.62 earned run average in 106.1 innings of work.
 
Musgrave was a 33rd-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Phillies last year after earning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors; however, Musgrave chose to return to school for his junior year.
 
Pitchers John Means and Sean Carley were also listed among Baseball America’s top 500 prospects; Means, a lefthander, is ranked 292nd while right-handed pitcher Sean Carley is rated 388th.
 
Based on those ratings, that would put all three pitchers as possible top-15 round choices.
 
Perfect Game Baseball also has Musgrave, Means and Carley rated among its top 500 prospects, Musgrave at No. 206, Means at No. 361 and Carley at No. 470.
 
Means was West Virginia’s No. 3 starter and finished the season with a 6-2 record and a 3.13 earned run average in 69 innings of work in 2014.
 
Carley began the season as the team’s No. 2 starter, but moved to the bullpen midway through the season when Mountaineer relievers were struggling. Carley posted a 5-3 record with 47 strikeouts and a team-best four saves in 18 appearances.
 
Others who could see their names called during the three-day event include infielders Ryan McBroom, Billy Fleming and Taylor Munden, outfielder Bobby Boyd and right-handed pitcher Corey Walter.
 
Boyd led the Mountaineers with a .356 batting average that included eight doubles and 11 extra base hits. He was also 18 of 20 in stolen base attempts.
 
McBroom was West Virginia’s top power hitter, smacking eight home runs, 12 doubles and 49 RBI while hitting .341.
 
Fleming batted .351 with a team-best .407 on-base percentage.
 
Munden was one of the better fielding middle infielders in the Big 12 who finished the season hitting .261 with a team-best 12 doubles.
 
Walter saw most of his work during mid-week games, making 17 appearances and posting a 5.01 earned run average in 46.2 innings of work. Walter did finish the season with a strong outing in this year’s Big 12 tournament against TCU, which advanced to this week’s NCAA Tournament Super Regionals.
 
There is also the possibility of five players from this year’s signing class going in the draft as well, including right-handed pitcher B.J. Myers from Flower Mound, Texas. Perfect Game has Myers rated No. 374 among its top 500 prospects in this year’s draft class.
 
West Virginia coach Randy Mazey has seen more than 80 of his players drafted during his coaching career, including 26 top-10-round prospects.
 
Thursday’s draft, comprising rounds 1 and 2, will get underway at 7 p.m. ET. Friday’s draft will cover rounds 3 through 10 and will get underway at 1 p.m. ET, while rounds 11 through 40 will take place on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
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