The Boston College baseball team had three players drafted in the 2019 MLB draft, with starting pitcher Dan Metzdorf going the earliest at pick number 140 to the Chicago White Sox. Here is a recap of the BC players drafted.
Dan Metzdorf – Round 5, Pick 140-Chicago White Sox
Metzdorf was undoubtedly one of the bright spots in what was an impressive season for BC, despite the loss in the conference semifinals. The crafty left-hander went 8-2 on the season with an ERA of 2.30 and 72 strikeouts. Amazingly, Metzdorf did not receive a no-decision in any game that he pitched in which the Eagles won.
After a rocky start to the season, Metzdorf found his stuff and became the most consistent Eagles starter during the weekend series’. He received the winning decision in his last four starts and did not receive a losing decision after March 22 against Clemson.
It is difficult to tell the impact a draftee can have in the MLB, as many players do not get called up for years if they ever do. However, the White Sox pitching staff has struggled mightily this season, as it has the ninth worst team ERA in baseball.
The Chicago White Sox select #Birdball🦅 starting pitcher @danMETZdorf with the 140th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2019 MLB Draft. pic.twitter.com/I2hDKlxair
— BC Baseball (@BCBirdBall) June 4, 2019
Jake Alu – Round 24, Pick 723-Washington Nationals
Third baseman Jake Alu was the second Eagle taken in this year’s draft, going to the Nationals in Round 24. Alu had his most productive season since arriving in Chestnut Hill this year, batting .343, eighth best in the ACC, with 40 RBIs and 51 runs.
Alu, who started all 58 games this season, had a real bounce-back year after a difficult junior campaign in which he batted only .216 with 19 RBIs. His terrific senior year also saw him selected to the All-ACC Third Team.
Matt Gill – Round 27, Pick 804-Cincinnati Reds
Matt Gill was the second pitcher and third Eagle overall selected in the 2019 draft. Gill had a strange season, beginning the year in the starting rotation, before moving to the bullpen and eventually taking on the closer role, which he thrived in, accumulating six saves.
Gill’s counting statistics weren’t great considering his poor performances in the starting rotation, with a record of 3-3 and an ERA of 6.90. However, after the move to the bullpen, Gill allowed more than two runs only four times in 21 appearances.
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