CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College senior left-hander Dan Metzdorf (Burlington, Mass.) was selected in the fifth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday afternoon. Metzdorf, who was taken in the 38th round by the New York Yankees a year ago, became the Eagles’ highest draft pick in three years with the 140th overall selection.
Metzdorf is the ninth player in BC program history to be selected in the first five rounds of the draft and the first since Justin Dunn went No. 19 overall to the New York Mets in 2016. He is the highest left-handed pitcher drafted out of Boston College since two-way player Mike Belfiore went in the supplemental first round in 2009. The White Sox last drafted a player from BC in 2010 when Kevin Moran (ninth round) and John Spatola (35th round) were both taken by the South Siders.
Metzdorf, who was named an All-ACC First Team and Collegiate Baseball News All-America Third Team honoree, closed his collegiate career with a complete game, three-hitter to beat top-seeded and No. 7 Louisville to win Pool A of the ACC Championship and send the Eagles to their first-ever conference semifinals. As the Friday night ace of the BC staff, Metzdorf compiled an 8-2 record, 2.30 earned run average, .204 batting average against and 72 strikeouts in 82.1 innings. He went 6-2 in league play; guiding the Eagles to wins over Wake Forest, No. 19 Florida State, No. 17 Georgia Tech, No. 25 Duke, Virginia Tech and a postseason-clinching win against Notre Dame.
He finished his career with 13 wins, 240.1 Innings pitched and 191 strikeouts. He ranks fourth all-time in innings and ninth all-time in strikeouts in the BC record book. His eight wins as a senior are tied for the sixth most in a single season and 2.30 ERA is sixth in a season at BC.
Day three of the MLB Draft wraps up with rounds 11-40 on Wednesday. BC has had a player drafted in each of the last six years, including 18 in the last five seasons.
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