2019 Birdball Draft Recap

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College third baseman Jake Alu (Hamilton, N.J.) and right-handed pitcher Matt Gill(Simsbury, Conn.) each heard their names called on the third and final day of the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The Eagles totaled three draft picks on the week and has had three or more players selected in each of the last five years; totaling 19 picks since 2015.

The Washington Nationals took Alu in the 24th round with the 723rd overall pick. He was an All-ACC Third Team selection in his senior season; hitting .343, which ranks eighth in the league, with 51 runs and 18 doubles. Alu finished his BC career with 176 hits and a .302 batting average. He is the first Eagle in program history drafted by the Nationals.

Gill was drafted with the 804th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the 27th round. He began his junior season in the Boston College rotation before ending in the bullpen, where he closed out six saves as the Eagle closer. Overall, Gill went 3-3 with a 6.90 earned run average and 35 strikeouts in 60 innings across 29 appearances, including nine starts. He joins Jesse Adams (2016) and Mike Dennhardt (2011) as the third Eagle ever drafted by the Reds.

On day two of the draft, left-handed pitcher Dan Metzdorf (Burlington, Mass.) was selected in the fifth round by the Chicago White Sox with the 140th overall pick. He became the ninth player in BC history to be selected in the first five rounds.

Boston College Baseball in the Pros

Johnny Adams (2014-17), Infield @JA3535
Modesto Nuts – @ModestoNuts
(Single-A Advanced California League) Affiliate: Seattle Mariners

Eric Campbell(2006-08), Third Base
Las Vegas Aviators – @AviatorsLV
(Triple-A Pacific Coast League) Affiliate: Oakland Athletics

Donovan Casey (2015-17), Outfield @donocasey30
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – @RCQuakes
(Single-A Advanced California League) Affiliate: LA Dodgers

Joe Cronin (2013-16), Infield @jcronin44
Pensacola Blue Wahoos – @BlueWahoosBBall
(Double-A Southern League) Affiliate: Minnesota Twins

Justin Dunn (2014-16), Pitcher @Dunn_Deal19
Arkansas Travelers – @ARTravs
(Double-A Texas League) Affiliate: Seattle Mariners

John Gorman (2012-15), Pitcher
Midland Rockhounds – @RockHounds
(Double-A Texas League) Affiliate: Oakland A’s

Mike King (2014-16), Pitcher @7Kinger14
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – @SWBrailriders
(Triple-A International League) Affiliate: New York Yankees

Jake Palomaki (2015-18), Second Baseman @JSMak11
Charlotte Stone Crabs – @StoneCrabs
(Single A-Advanced Florida State League) Affiliate: Tampa Bay Rays

Brian Rapp (2015-18), Pitcher @Brapp1327
Cedar Rapids Kernels – @CRKernels
(Single-A Midwest League) Affiliate: Minnesota Twins

Tony Sanchez* (2007-09), Catcher @Tony26Montana
Frisco RoughRiders – @RidersBaseball
(Double-A Texas League) Affiliate: Texas Rangers

Nick Sciortino (2014-16), Catcher @NickSciortino7
Salem Red Sox – @SalemRedSox 
(Class A-Advanced Carolina League) Affiliate: Boston Red Sox

Chris Shaw* (2013-15), Outfield @Shawesome24
Richmond Flying Squirrels – @GoSquirrels
(Double-A Eastern League) Affiliate: San Francisco Giants

Jacob Stevens (2016-18), Pitcher @Bear_Stevens33
Missoula Osprey – @RiverCats
(Rookie Pioneer League) Affiliate: Arizona Diamondbacks

Blake Butera (2012-15), Manager @BButera03
Hudson Valley Renegades – @HVRenegades
(Class A-Short Season NY-Penn League) Affiliate: Tampa Bay Rays

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