Two West Virginia Players Drafted in MLB Draft


On the final day of the MLB Draft, two West Virginia players were drafted.

Right-handed pitcher Blake Smith was taken by the Washington Nationals with the 734th pick overall in the 24th round.

Smith amassed a team-best 20 appearances during the season. He displayed a 4-1 record with five saves and a 3.64 ERA.

Shortstop Taylor Munden went to the Miami Marlins in the 27th round with the 806th pick overall.

Munden had a conference-best 11 home runs, batting .266 with 31 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

Muden has until July 17th to decide whether he wants to continue to play at WVU or pursue a professional career.

“I am so appreciative of this,” Munden said a release. “I have worked very hard for this my whole life and it is a dream come true. I want to thank my coaches for making the player I am today and I hope I can carry everything over to my pro career.”