McDonald, who was a First-Team All-Conference selection this season, was taken in the 12th round (No. 247 overall) by the Houston Astros. Shortstop Jack Reinheimer was the first ECU player taken exactly 200 selections prior by the Seattle Mariners.
In 2013, the powerful first baseman led Conference USA in home runs (11) and RBI (46) and slugging percentage (.519), which attracted the attention of the Astros, who were seemingly interested in him all along.
Harman, a promising commit from Chesterfield, VA, has been called "the best player of ECU's recruiting class" and one of the best two-way prospects on the east coast. In addition to being an effective southpaw on the mound, he may be the most likely candidate to replace McDonald at first base. He was selected in the 27th round (No. 826 overall) by the Washington Nationals.
Bolka only stands at 5-foot-11, but proved to be a legitimate pro-prospect at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville, VA. Enough for the Cincinnati Reds to take him in the 34th round (No. 1,034 overall).
It's up in the air whether or not Harman and Bolka will choose to play at ECU or go-pro. Remember, Los Angeles Angels superstar centerfielder Mike Trout was once an ECU commit, before he was the No. 25 pick in the 2009 draft.
Though, both players weren't nearly drafted that high, it is still a decision not to be taken lightly. Once they choose to attend school, they will have to put their professional careers on hold for at least the next three years.
With the new collective bargaining agreement that was signed in 2011, underclassmen and high school seniors will have until 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday, July 12 to sign professional contracts with the respective clubs that selected them.
Here are the biographies (by ECU Media Relations) of all three of the players selected on day three of the draft.
Chase McDonald – 2013 Biographical Sketch
Started 53 of 55 games at first base … Named C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week (May 6) … Recorded 15 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games … Closed season on five-game hitting streak … Reached base safely in 16-straight games (Apr. 14-May 12) … During season-high seven game hit streak (Apr. 28-May 11) batted .481 (13-for-27) with three home runs, two doubles, 11 RBI, eight runs and six walks … Belted a pair of home runs at Elon (Mar. 27) … Eight of 11 round trippers were in league play … Smacked homers against Monmouth, Houston, Elon (2), Tulane, UAB, Southern Miss (2), Marshall and UCF (2) … Second on the team with 18 extra base hits … Tied a career-high with four RBI at Marshall (May 10) … Recorded five game-winning RBI (New Mexico State, UNC Greensboro, Memphis, Southern Miss/walk-off, Marshall) … Collected at least one hit in 38 of 55 games … Recorded 513 putouts, which is tied for third on the single-season charts … Turned 50 double plays and posted a .989 fielding percentage … Batted .364 (4-for-11) with an RBI and four walks in the C-USA Baseball Championship … Ranked among the national leaders in home runs (44th) and home runs per game (48th).
McDonald Career Notes:
Earned C-USA and College Baseball Daily All-Freshman Team honors … Named to 2011 Charlottesville All-Regional Team … Collected at least one hit in 14 of 15 post-season games (C-USA/NCAA Regionals) … Eight career game-winning RBI including walk-off single against Southern Miss in 2013 … C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week (May 6, 2013) … Belted lone career grand slam against Navy in 2011 Regional … Recorded 45 multi-hit and 25 multi-RBI games … Named Coastal Plain League Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 2011 after leading the league in four offensive categories … Named CPL All-Star (2011) … Played for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League alongside Jack Reinheimer. McDonald's Career Numbers at ECU:
.300 (158-for-527), 156 games (146 starts), 19 HRs, 77 Rs, 106 RBI (8 GW), 24 doubles, 66 BBs, 7 HBPs, 2 SBs, 43 XBHs.
Bryce Harman Biographical sketch
Six-time letterwinner at Lloyd C. Bird High School (baseball 3, basketball 3) ... As a freshman batted .415 with two home runs and eight RBI ... Followed that with a breakout year as a sophomore earning Virginia All-State honors where he batted .489 with six round trippers, 27 RBI and nine walks ... Also earned all-district, all-region honors and Second-Team All-Metro by the Richmond Times-Dispatch ... Named team captain as a junior where he batted .395 with a home run, seven RBIs and 26 walks ... On the mound posted a 6-1 record with 79 strikeouts in 46 innings and a 1.80 ERA ... Earned First-Team Virginia (5AAA Dominion) All-District honors as a designated hitter and second-team accolades as a pitcher ... Named 2012 First-Team Preseason Underclassmen All-American by Perfect Game ... Ranked as the 52nd-best prospect in the country (fourth-best first-baseman) by Perfect Game ... Top first baseman prospect and second overall best prospect in Virginia by Perfect Game ... Played summer ball with ECU signee Charlie Yorgen and the Richmond Braves National Team under Coach Tommy Mayers ... Named to the 2012 WWBA World Championship, 2012 17U BCS Finals and 2012 WWBA 17U National Championship All-Tournament Teams ... Participated in 2010 PG WWBA Grads/15U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.), 2010-11 PG WWBA Underclass World Championships (Ft. Myers, Fla.), 2011-12 PG WWBA Grads/16U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.), 2011-12 PG WWBA World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.), 2011-12 PG WWBA Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.), 2012 East Coast Professional Showcase (Syracuse, N.Y.), 2012 17U PG BCS Finals (Ft. Myers, Fla.) and 2012 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (Dixie) ... Member of Rachel's Challenge Club ... VHS Leadership Representative
Luke Bolka – Biographical sketch
Four-time letterwinner at Atlee High School (baseball 2, football 2) ... Posted a 5-1 record with 41 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA during his freshman season ... After missing his sophomore campaign with an injury, returned to help the Raiders to their second-straight Capital District Tournament Crown and another appearance in the Virginia Central Regional Playoffs under Coach Barry Burton ... Named second-team Virginia All-State (Central Region) as a designated hitter... Central Region All-Academic selection ... Earned honorable mention Virginia (AAA Capital) All-District honors ... Named 2012 Preseason Honorable Mention Underclassmen All-American by Perfect Game ... Ranked as the eight-best prospect in Virginia (second-best left-hander) by Perfect Game ... Played summer ball for Coach Donnie Phillips and RBA Elite ... Participated in the 2012 East Coast Professional Showcase (Syracuse, N.Y.) and the 2011-12 PG WWBA Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.) ... Three-time honor roll student (freshman, sophomore, junior)