The 2021 Major League Baseball amateur draft starts Sunday at 7 p.m., and several Virginia players and commitments are eagerly awaiting their name. For the first time, the draft is being held in connection with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and will be held over three days from Sunday. Here is the schedule for rounds
Sunday, July 11 at 19: round 1
Monday, July 12, 1:00 PM: Round 2-10
Tuesday, July 13, noon: rounds 11-20
Virginia baseball will be very well represented with the following hopes of being selected in the next three days.
Andrew Abbott – Watch for the left-hander to be selected early on day 2. Abbott was incredible this season, and went into the starting rotation after spending the first part of his Virginia career in the bullpen. The senior was 9-6 on the year with a 2.87 ERA and was third nationally on strike with 162
Zack Gelof – Junior third-baseman did everything for the Cavaliers this season and led them in almost all statistical categories, including hits, doubles, goals and was tied to the team management with Kyle Teel in the home race and RBI. He is the 37th college prospect according to D1 Baseball and should be an early to mid-Day 2 pick.
Griff McGarry – Maybe no one on Virginia cavalry Watchlist benefited from the race to Omaha more than Griff McGarry. In early April, McGarry lost his starting spot after starting the year 0-4 with an ERA of 6.85. But in the mail season, he was incredible. In three starts, he collected 26 strikes in 17.2 innings, but it was his seven innings without a hit ball against Mississippi State in Omaha that really got people’s attention. He is D1 Baseball’s 54th ranked college prospect, and should also be a mid – day two pick.
Mike vasil Rated 129th out of college prospects by D1 Baseball, Mike Vasil entered the year when Virginia’s solid number two started. He had a 7-5 record with a 4.52 ERA and is probably Virginia’s first choice with a choice to make. Junior can choose to return for the senior season, so draft selection and negotiations will be crucial in deciding whether he becomes a professional or not.
Nic kent – Kent entered the year as one of Virginia’s top-ranked potential customers, but struggled to maintain the high estimates. Nevertheless, the shortstop from Charlottesville shows to be worked out in a track that makes it unlikely to return to UVA. He hit .289 for his career in Virginia despite only hitting .239 this season. Still, he was third on the team in the home race just one behind leaders Gelof and Teel.
Zach Messinger – During his career, Messinger appeared in 51 games, 11 of them starting. This year he was 3-2 with a 4.89 ERA pitching mostly in long relief with a couple of mid-week starts sprinkled in. Messinger will also be a junior, and will have an influence in the negotiations as he can choose to return to school.
Brandon Neeck – Like McGarry, Neeck increased his draft profile thanks to a strong record season highlighted by his 16 strike outs in 5.2 innings of relief against the ODU at Columbia Regional. This season, he collected a 2-0 record of 23.1 innings out of the bullpen. Neeck is a junior and can also return to Charlottesville.
Unfortunately for top-level baseball programs, success is a double-edged sword. When recruiting at the elite level, you always run the risk of your top-ranked players being selected out of high school and never setting foot on campus. That’s the case this year with Virginia and Benny Montgomery. The outfielder from Red Land High School in Lewisberry, PA is expected to be one of the, if not the first high school outfielders selected. If so, he will certainly sign as bonus money in the first round is likely to be too high to go up.
After Montgomery, Shane Panzini (RHP from Red Bank, NJ) and Casey Saucke (SS / RHP from Rochester, NY) can also be drafted and have a decision to make before they get to the property.