But there were some curious omissions among draft-eligible Hokies as head coach Pete Hughes pointed out:
W's leader,saves leader,leader in every offensive category from a top25 regional host team in the#1rated league in USA-not drafted.#disgrace— Pete Hughes (@CoachPeteHughes) June 9, 2013
He was of course talking about Devin Burke, Clark Labitan and Andrew Rash respectively in this tweet. Labitan has indicated his desire to continue his career:
You never give up on what you truly want. #ever— Clark Labitan (@Chuck_Kim3) June 9, 2013
already getting my work in, just waiting on my moment. never stop!— Clark Labitan (@Chuck_Kim3) June 9, 2013
@RyanWilkins31 @JakePortugal1 try to go in free agency, that's what I'm doing first— Clark Labitan (@Chuck_Kim3) June 9, 2013
While Rash has decided to put an end to his pursuit of a baseball career:
On the blog: Virginia Tech OF Andrew Rash hangs 'em up; SS Chad Pinder signs with Oakland. http://t.co/RvpyCYEkvu #Hokies #Hokieball— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) June 12, 2013
Below is a chronological recap of the players drafted and the latest information we have on all of them:
Pinder was the Hokies' first draftee this year and the sixth-highest pick in the history of Virginia Tech baseball. He was picked 71st overall in the Competitive Balance B Round (directly after the second round) by the Oakland Athletics.
One step closer!!! twitter.com/ChiVT5/status/…— Chad Pinder (@ChiVT5) June 12, 2013
Pinder had a tremendous year for the Hokies, particularly in the final weeks of the season and come tournament time. He batted .321 with 8 HR's and 50 RBI in 60 games for the Hokies. For his career, Pinder was a .322 hitter with 18 HR's and 101 RBI in 556 career AB's.
According to Hokiesports, his accomplishments in 2013 were as follows:
- 2013 NCAA Blacksburg Regional All-Tournament Team (SS)
- 2013 ACC All-Tournament Team (SS)
- 2013 All-ACC First Team (3B)
- 2013 ACC Player of the Week (Feb. 18)
According to Hokie assistant Patrick Mason's tweet:
@ChiVT5 Former #hokie Chad Pinder is now with the Vermont Lake Monsters #NYPennLegue #A's #hokieball http://t.co/51xPn67iaI— Patrick Mason (@PatrickMason39) June 19, 2013
Pinder played his first game with the Lake Monsters last night, and had a rough go of it, striking out 3 times in his debut without recording a hit.
Tyler Horan was the second Hokie drafted, going in the 8th round to the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants:
Tyler Horan goes in the 8th round (252 overall) to the San Francisco Giants. #Hokies #Hokieball— GobblerCountry.com (@gobblercountry) June 7, 2013
Horan had a breakout year in 2013, hitting .342 in 62 starts for the Hokies and hitting 11 HR's with 50 RBI. For his career, Horan was a .325 hitter in 493 AB's with 29 HR's and 103 RBI.
According to Hokiesports, his 2013 achievements included:
- 2013 Louisville Slugger All-American, Second Team (OF)
- 2013 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-Atlantic Region, Second Team (OF)
- 2013 NCAA Blacksburg Regional All-Tournament Team (OF)
- 2013 All-ACC First Team (OF)
- 2013 Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (May 13)
#Giants sign 8th-rder Tyler Horan for $150,900. Virginia Tech OF tied Cape Cod wood-bat record w/16 HR last summer, big raw power. #mlbdraft— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 13, 2013
According to this post by the Cape Cod Times, Horan has not been assigned yet, and will not be for several weeks as he works out in the Giants' spring training facilities in Scottsdale, Arizona (this was written a week ago, but still that's strange).
Joyce was drafted fairly early for a reliever, in the 9th round of the MLB Draft by the Nationals:
And Jake Joyce is going to be a National. 9th round pick #286 beat my projection by quite a bit.— GobblerCountry.com (@gobblercountry) June 7, 2013
Joyce had a very good 2013, though peripherally, his 2012 was better. He logged a tremendous 62.2 innings and made 30 appearances, all in relief, pitching to a 4.16 ERA and a 7-1 record. For his career, Joyce pitched to a 4.66 ERA and a 13-5 record in 97 games and 150.2 innings.
He was signed by the Nationals according to Baseball America for the sum of $139,700, which was his slot allotment. A full scouting report on him can be found in this post by a Nationals' (unaffiliated) draft blog, including his crazy good high school statistics as well as a pretty funny dig at Bryan Stinespring. As Hokie assistant Patrick Mason announced, Joyce has been assigned to the Auburn Doubledays:
@gerbernation former #hokie Jake Joyce has been assigned to the Auburn Doubledays #neworkpennleague #nats http://t.co/uwAiZc2AOt— Patrick Mason (@PatrickMason39) June 19, 2013
Joyce pitched last night and struggled, pitching 1.1 innings and giving up 4 hits and 2 runs (both earned) with no strikeouts, giving him a 13.5 ERA.
Campbell was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 15th round of the 2013 MLB Draft:
Eddie Campbell selected in the 15th round (pick 447) of the MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. #Hokies #Hokieball— GobblerCountry.com (@gobblercountry) June 8, 2013
Campbell was previously drafted out of high school in the 44th round by the Cincinnati Reds. Campbell had an up and down season with the Hokies in 2013, but ended on a tear. He had his best year in 2013 peripherally if not aesthetically. His K/BB ratio and WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) were career-bests and his .240 batting average against was a new career-best as well. He also pitched a career-high 46.2 innings while potentially turning himself into a starter in the home-stretch for the Hokies. But his 5.40 ERA and 2-5 record indicated that he still had some improvements to make. For his career, Campbell finished with a 5.63 ERA and a 7-6 record in 44 games (14 starts) for the Hokies.
In an interview with Mike Barber of the Richmond Times Dispatch before the draft, Pete Hughes said of Campbell:
Hughes said he wouldn't be surprised if Campbell is drafted, but believes his player would benefit from pitching another season with the Hokies.
"I think Eddie needs to come back to school," Hughes said. "He's had a good two weeks. If he came back here and pitched on weekends he could absolutely pitch his way to a prospect slot, top five rounds."
But according to the Mariners' website yesterday, they have reached an agreement with and signed Campbell. Campbell has been assigned to the Pulaski Mariners, the Rookie Appalachian League affiliate for the Mariners, though Baseball Reference has yet to create a profile for him. The Mariners' season begins tonight.
Mantiply was drafted in the 27th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers:
And there goes Joe Mantiply in the 27th round, the 816th pick to the Detroit Tigers. #Hokies #Hokieball— GobblerCountry.com (@gobblercountry) June 8, 2013
Officially signed with the #Tigers— Joe Mantiply (@TheRealTheseus) June 12, 2013
@TheRealTheseus former #hokie Joe Mantiply is with the Conn Tigers #NYPennLeague #Tigers #hokieball http://t.co/hRaMsWMrhe— Patrick Mason (@PatrickMason39) June 19, 2013
Colin O'Keefe selected in the 33rd round (997th pick) of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. #Hokies #Hokieball— GobblerCountry.com (@gobblercountry) June 8, 2013
"He will likely report to the Angels' Rookie League team in Orem, Utah or their other Rookie League team in the Arizona League next week."
@kingokeefe former #hokie Colin O'Keefe has been assigned to AZL Angels in the #arizonaLeague #hokieball http://t.co/6vkAx8RDFi— Patrick Mason (@PatrickMason39) June 21, 2013