MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four members and two future members of the West Virginia University baseball team were chosen on the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Left-handed pitcher John Means
was picked by the Baltimore Orioles with the 331st pick in the 11th round, right-handed pitcher Sean Carley
was chosen by the New York Yankees with the 422nd pick in the 14th round, first baseman Ryan McBroom
was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 444th
pick in the 15th
round and right-handed pitcher Corey Walter
went to the Oakland Athletics with the 852nd
pick in the 28th
Incoming junior left-hander Greg Maisto of McLennan Community College was chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 16th round with the 487th pick and incoming freshman left-hander Caleb Ferguson was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 1149th pick in the 38th round.
Along with eighth rounders Bobby Boyd
and Harrison Musgrave
, who were picked yesterday, the six drafted WVU players ties a school record for most players drafted in a single season. Six players were picked following the 2001 season.
Means went 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 12 starts with one complete game. Means struck out 46 in 69.0 innings. He was previously drafted in 2011 in the 46th round by the Atlanta Braves, but did not sign a contract.
“I’m very proud to stand alongside the other guys picked to represent WVU at the next level,” Means says. “Also, I would like to thank all of the coaches and West Virginia University.”
Carley split the season between the starter and closer role. He went 5-3 with a 2.95 ERA and four saves in 18 appearances. Carley started nine games and finished with 47 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. He was previously drafted in 2013 in the 33rd round by the San Diego Padres, but did not sign a contract.
“I’m ecstatic and honored to join such a storied program as the Yankees,” Carley says. “It’s a surreal feeling right now for my family and I. I guess I have to cut the mullet and goatee now!”
McBroom was third in the Big 12 with a .341 batting average, while leading the Mountaineers with eight home runs and 49 RBIs. He also finished with 12 doubles. He was previously drafted in 2013 in the 34th round by the Kansas City Royals, but did not sign a contract.
“I just want to thank everyone for the unbelievable opportunity, especially the Blue Jays,” McBroom says. “I’m excited to get this thing going.”
Walter went 1-6 with a 5.01 ERA and four saves last season, striking out 20 in 46.2 innings.
The underclassmen have until Friday, July 18th to decide whether they wish to pursue professional careers or return to WVU.