WVU Baseball: Two Mountaineers chosen in MLB Draft

WVU Baseball: Two Mountaineers chosen in MLB Draft

WVU Baseball: Two Mountaineers chosen in MLB Draft

Two former Long Beach Poly High School teammates were drafted: USC shortstop Frankie Rios (Boston Red Sox) and Stanford left-handed pitcher Chris Castellanos (Mariners).

The Washington Nationals tapped Cousins in the 20th round (613 overall), marking the third time in the last seven seasons that the Quakers have had multiple players taken in the draft. He was selected by the Seattle Mariners and was the first UM player picked.

Hayes, who was previously drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 28th round in 2015, becomes the first player associated with Walters State to be drafted by the Orioles. If he doesn't sign, he'll join the University of San Diego. He was taken by the Detroit Tigers out of high school in 2013 and by the Pittsburgh Pirates previous year.

Previous year star catcher Matt Byars was drafted 24th overall by the Minnesota Twins.

He also hit.294 and tied for fifth in the conference with 15 doubles, tying for a team-best five home runs and six triples - a UH mark not attained since 1997. He was second on the team in home runs (10), only to his teammate that would later hear his name called.

Royce Lewis was ranked the No. 5 Draft prospect by MLB.com and the highest ranked position player. But for MI baseball, it's a sign of greater talent and more recognition.

"Thank you @Yankees for drafting me!" He posted a 3.04 ERA and 11 saves over 24 appearances in his senior season with 22 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of.259 over 47.1 innings. And it kind of takes the wind out of the sails of people who won't like this.

The Cardinals are scheduled to face the Tampa Bay Rays at Busch Stadium on August 25-27. "Gonna be a Marlin!" shortly after his selection Wednesday.

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