He joined the Big East following his freshman year at Duke.
"Billy Muldowney is a guy I saw last year as a sophomore. He was a guy I really took a liking to," said McKnight, a former catcher in the Cubs' farm system. "I was impressed partly because of his stuff, but also because of his makeup on the mound. I don't want to short-change him, because he has really good stuff, but I think it's his competitiveness and his makeup that will take him to the next level.
"He's got three good pitches to work with and has good command and movement on all of them. He's just a guy you can really see making it to the big leagues. We knew he probably wasn't a first-round talent, but he was one of those guys I really targeted."
Pitt head baseball coach Joe Jordano described Muldowney as a hard-nosed competitor with a bulldog mentality on the mound.
"He's got a tremendous competitive spirit," Jordano said. "I'm very excited to watch his progress and I think he'll make a great pitcher for the Chicago organization. He's got command of three pitches. His fastball is around 89 to 92 miles-per-hour. He's got a good, solid breaking ball and a plus changeup. He's got the full package."
Muldowney became the first Pitt pitcher taken in the first eight rounds of the draft in the last 25 years. He was also the first player from the university to be drafted by the Cubs.
An exclusive interview with Muldowney will follow shortly.