What 2 Watch 4: Virginia Tech’s 2022 MLB Draft Class

NOIRSBOURG – At the end of its season for the ages, the Virginia Tech baseball team is in line to produce one of its most legendary MLB draft classes this week when the 2022 MLB Draft begins Sunday, July 17 in Los Angeles — part of the revolutionized lead — through Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.

DRAFT CALENDAR

  • Sunday July 17 | 7 p.m. | TV: ESPN (first round only) | Full coverage: MLB Network, MLB.com & MLB Draft Tracker
    • Round 1 | Choose our 1 to 30
    • Compensatory round | Choose our 31-32
    • Competitive Balance Round A | Choose our 33 to 39
    • 2nd round | Choose our 40 to 66
    • Competitive Balance Round B | Choose our 67-74
    • Compensatory round | Choose our 75-80

  • Monday July 18 | 2 p.m. | Full coverage: MLB Network, MLB.com & MLB Draft Tracker
  • Tuesday July 18 | 2 p.m. | Full coverage: MLB Network, MLB.com & MLB Draft Tracker

THREE THINGS TO KNOW

The story awaits you: Third year outfielder Gavin Cross will be chasing Tech program history on Sunday night as he seeks to become the Hokies’ all-time highest MLB draft pick – a mark currently held by left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders (2002, No. 12 in total). Cross is widely coveted as a top 10 draft prospect, placing No. 5 on Perfect gameof the last big advice (July 14) and n°10 on MLB pipeline‘s Top 250 Prospects list (June 29). Among collegiate prospects, Cross improved to No. 4 on D1BaseballThe latest and final revelation in his top 150 draft ranking, passing LSU outfielder Jacob Berry. Cross is looking to become the sixth Tech player to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft and join the elite company of first baseman Franklin Stubbs (1982), right-hander Brad DuVall (1987, 1988), of the right-handed thrower. Denny Wagner (1997; compensatory) and southpaw Joe Saunders (2002). Stubbs holds the record for the highest pick by a Tech position player, No. 19, who is likely to fall in Sunday’s first round.

Prospect Overview: Virginia Tech enters 2022 MLB Draft with eight ranked players/commitments on Perfect game‘s Final Draft Board Rankings (July 14), including four of these players who are ranked among the top 130 prospects:

  • #5 Gavin Cross | Cross hits .340 and hits .609 over three Tech seasons, appearing (and starting) in 124 of a possible 127 games. He had 28 career doubles, 13 triples, 28 home runs, 93 RBIs and 132 runs scored with the Hokies, sweeping 28 bases.
  • No. 82 Tanner Schobel | A draft-eligible sophomore, Schobel raised his 2022 batting average (.362) by 83 runs after his rookie year, leading the Hokies super regional team in 2022 with 19 home runs. Starting each of Tech’s 111 games since 2021, he crushed 28 career doubles, two triples and 26 home runs while recording 107 RBI, 104 runs and 55 walks against 77 strikeouts.
  • No. 86 Nicolas Morabito (commit) | A native of McLean, Va., Morabito is a talented infielder and senior shortstop for Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) who carries the athleticism to the right side of home plate. He was named the 2021-22 Gatorade Player of the Year for Washington, DC, after hitting .545 with 10 doubles, six triples and 12 homers.
  • No. 126 cade hunter | Limited to 18 sophomore appearances in 2021 due to injury, Hunter improved his draft stock by leaps and bounds in 2022, batting .330 and .637 with 14 doubles, 17 home runs and 66 RBIs. He ranks as the fifth-best collegiate catch prospect this year per D1Baseball – one-third of which comes from the ACC.
  • No. 249 Nick Bidison | Biddison batted .310 and .529 during his four-year technical career, with 35 career doubles, eight triples, 26 home runs, 105 RBIs and 128 runs. During Tech’s run at the 2022 Blacksburg Super Regional, he posted a .351 batting average, setting the ACC-era record for hits by a lead hitter (88).
  • No. 477 Griffon Stieg (commit) | A two-way player from McLean, Va., Stieg compiled a 0.90 ERA over 54 and two-thirds innings during his 2022 season at McLean High School, with 93 strikeouts and a 9-1 record. He also hit .368 as the Highlanders leadoff hitter, hitting four home runs.
  • No. 527 Graham Firoved | A formidable force in the Tech bullpen, Firoved made 48 relief appearances over two seasons with the Hokies, retaining additional college experience from Northwest Florida State (2020) and Radford (2019). ). During his tenure at Blacksburg, he recorded 108 strikeouts in 71 and two-thirds of innings pitched while holding opponents to a .225 batting average.
  • No. 611 Brody Donay (commit) | An emerging prospect at receiver, Donay hails from Lakeland, Fla., where he competed at Lakeland Christian High School. The six-foot-five backstop is a .300 bat that can provide terrific athleticism behind the plate.

What 2 Watch 4: Virginia Tech has produced multiple MLB draft picks in each of the past 14 seasons, highlighted by its nine-member class in 2010. The Hokies have produced four or more selections on eight occasions, including the four-man class players last year that marked Tech’s biggest since 2015. On a historic note, the Hokies have yet to see multiple athletes in the top 100 picks in the same draft year – an event that could be broken in 2022 with players like Gavin Cross and Tanner Schobel.

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