The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

June 6, 2014

Two Mountaineers selected on second day of MLB draft

It’s decision time for two West Virginia University baseball players.

Both junior pitcher Harrison Musgrave and junior center fielder Bobby Boyd heard their names called during the second day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Musgrave, a Bridgeport High School graduate, went 5-3 with a 2.62 earned run average this past season, striking out 87 hitters in 106 1/3 innings. Opponents hit just .227 against him this season.

The left-hander, who was the 2013 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, was drafted following his sophomore season, as well, but he did not sign a contract after the Phillies drafted him in the 29th round.

This year, he was selected in the eighth round with the 223rd pick by the Colorado Rockies.

“I would like to thank the Rockies organization,” he said in a release from WVU. “It’s a great honor and a new challenge that I look forward to.”

Boyd was picked by the Houston Astros with the 226th pick in the eighth round, just three selections after his teammate.

The Silver Spring, Md., native finished the 2014 season with a Big 12- and team-leading .356 batting average, along with eight doubles, two triples, one homer, 24 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

“It just all feels like a dream. I can’t believe this day has come,” said Boyd. “I want to thank everyone with the Astros for giving me this opportunity.”

The underclassmen have until July 18 to decide whether they wish to pursue professional careers or return to WVU.

The final day of the draft — rounds 11 through 40 — begins at 1 p.m. today.

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