Seven Hokie baseball players had their names called on day two of the 2010 MLB Draft, a school record. Outfielder Austin Wates was the first Hokie to go, selected in the third round by the Houston Astros.
Wates is a speedy outfielder who is described as "toolsy" in his MLB scouting report. He doesn't have a true position, which probably hurt him a little on draft day. However, it makes him perfect for the National League and a good fit for the Astros, who have started to go away from power and more towards speed in recent years.
Right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn fell all the way to the sixth round where he was picked up by the Tampa Bay Rays. Hahn has had injury problems this season, which probably cost him in the draft. He missed several weeks with stiffness in his elbow and a similar injury caused him to be taken out early in his most recent start.
Although Hahn is a junior, I don't expect him to return to the Hokies for his senior season. He has too much to lose by getting seriously hurt and as Sean Bielawski said several times on Twitter today, guys who return for their senior year lose all their bargaining power because they can't threaten to return to college.
Here is the full list of Hokies taken in the second day of the draft (rounds 2-30). Rounds 31-50 will take place Wednesday.
3rd Round (90) - Astros: OF Austin Wates, JR
6th Round (191) - Rays: RH Jesse Hahn, JR
8th Round (263) - Red Sox: RH Mathew Price, SO
9th Round (292) - Dodgers: C Steve Domecus, SR
14th Round (416) - Nationals: SS Tim Smalling, JR
22nd Round (676) - Rangers: RH Ben Rowen, SR
25th Round (749) - Royals: OF Buddy Sosnoskie, SO