Busy Final Day of Draft for WVU

For the first time in program history, the West Virginia baseball team had five players taken in the first 15 rounds of the MLB draft.

While it was Bobby Boyd and Harrison Musgrave who were taken in the eighth round Friday, John Means, Sean Carley and Ryan McBroom joined their teammates in hearing their names called Saturday afternoon.

Means was the first off the board, as the left-handed starter was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round. He finished his junior campaign with a 6-2 record and a 3.13 earned run average in 12 starts.

A few rounds later, Carley became the New York Yankees' 14th-round pick. The versatile righty showed that he could be effective out of the bullpen and as a starter for the Mountaineers in 2014. He had nine starts in 18 appearances last season and finished the year with a 2.95 ERA, went 5-3 and recorded four saves after being moved to the bullpen during the later portion of the season.

While each of the first four Mountaineers selected will have the option to return to school for another year if they'd like, McBroom was picked in the 15th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. The senior was a second team all-Big 12 Conference selection in 2014. He bumped his batting average up to .341 in his final season in Morgantown and hit eight home runs while driving in 49 runs.

This is the second time the three Mountaineers have been drafted. Means was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves, while Carley and McBroom were drafted last season by the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals, respectively.

But current Mountaineers weren't the only ones hearing their names called Saturday, a future Mountaineer was taken in the 16th round.

Greg Maisto, a left-handed starting pitcher who currently is playing at McClellan Community College in Texas, was picked by the Tampa Bay Rays. Maisto finished last season with a 7-3 record and a 4.70 ERA in 76.2 innings pitched.

WVU's five players in the first 15 rounds was a program record, and a testament to how much better the team has gotten in a short amount of time. In the four years before Mazey arrived in Morgantown, West Virginia had a total of four players drafted.

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