CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Five West Virginia Black Bears players were selected on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.
That brings the number to seven total players from the Black Bears who were drafted this year.
Southern California will be home to multiple Black Bears players.
Michael Hobbs was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the final pick of the 10th round on Monday. Three rounds later, pitcher Kobe Robinson was selected with the 400th overall pick by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Then, WVU product, pitcher Madison Jeffrey, was also taken by the Dodgers in the 15th round (462 OVR).
More information on Jeffrey can be found courtesy of Gold And Blue Nation.
Just four picks after Robinson was taken, catcher Tucker Mitchell was taken by the Texas Rangers (14th RD, 404th OVR), meaning he will join Mitch Bratt in the Lone Star State.
Outfielder Garrett Spain was selected in the 15th round, with the 452nd selection, by the Toronto Blue Jays. Spain hit for a .327 average and 19 RBI during his time so far with the Black Bears.
Carlos Lomeli, a right handed pitcher out of St. Mary’s College of California, became the second St. Mary’s product on the West Virginia roster to be drafted. (Hobbs was the other.) Lomeli was selected in the 17th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Players selected in the draft are supposed to stay with their MLB Draft League team until signing their contract with the team that drafted them. Players have until August 1 to sign with their big league club.
If they don’t sign by August 1, they will remain with the Black Bears, as well as the college baseball program they were already with or committed to.
Full MLB Draft results can be found by clicking on this Draft Tracker link.