DENVER – Tapped for their up coming-degree expertise, Virginia Tech baseball stars Shane Connolly, TJ Rumfield, Chris Gerard and Anthony Simonelli were proudly selected this 7 days through the 2021 MLB Draft, comprising the Hokies’ largest draft course due to the fact the 2015 year.
Connolly came off the board on Monday when the Kansas Metropolis Royals used their 10th round select to claim the Tech left-hand ace at No. 289 over-all. Rumfield and Gerard had been taken six picks apart midway through Tuesday’s 12th spherical by the Philadelphia Phillies (No. 355 over-all) and the St. Louis Cardinals (No. 361), respectively, though Simonelli was named throughout the 16th round by the Kansas Metropolis Royals (No. 469).
Moreover, Virginia Tech commit Mason Albright – a six-foot, remaining-handed pitcher from IMG Academy in Florida – was picked out through the 12th spherical by the Los Angeles Angels at No. 351 general.
With 4 alternatives, Tech’s 2021 MLB Draft class marks the major the software has created under the management of head mentor John Szefc. Positionally, Rumfield also turned the Hokies’ optimum infielder to be taken considering that Chad Pinder cracked the best 100 picks for the duration of the 2013 draft.
Connolly was the sixth of 12 pitchers picked this week by the Royals and the third of 6 remaining-handers. Obtaining transferred to Tech from The Citadel ahead of the 2021 period, the 6-foot-two junior recorded 81 strikeouts across 63. innings this spring, stamping 6 saves for the Hokies in addition to building 6 ACC commences.
Rumfield – the lone infielder to be decided on by the Phillies this 12 months – held a sizzling stick for Tech in the course of the 2021 marketing campaign. Right after two seasons at Texas Tech, the six-foot-5 lefty bat paced the Hokies in batting common through ACC contests (.340) although charting 12 doubles, seven residence runs and 37 RBIs onto his full period card.
Gerard was the next of 4 left-handed pitchers taken by the Cardinals, who stocked their 2021 draft course with 12 arms in full. The growing junior has toed a 2.63 Era throughout his 24 vocation begins at Tech and has been masterful in denying additional-foundation hits, permitting 16 from his 522 job batters faced (.322 opposing slugging percentage).
Joining Connolly amongst the Royals’ pitcher picks, Simonelli has carved 103 strikeouts into his two-calendar year Tech occupation that adopted seasons at Coastal Carolina and St. John’s River Condition College. The six-foot-two correct-hander has personalized a 7-3 document and a 3.68 Period throughout his 17 job commences for the Hokies while boasting a .181 opposing batting regular at Tech.
Usually held in early June, the 2021 version of the MLB Draft was the event’s to start with to consider place in conjunction with MLB All-Star Activity festivities. Because of to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 draft was also shortened to 20 rounds from its regular 40-spherical length – as agreed amongst MLB and the MLBPA.