WVU catcher Chase Illig was selected in the 29th round of the MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. This makes him the seventh of eight players selected which sets a school record for the most players selected in one draft.
A native of Bluefield, Illig did not participate in the 2019 season due to a preseason injury. He is expected to play a part in replacing Ivan Gonzalez along with 2019 designated hitter Paul McIntosh if he returns to WVU.
If Illig leaves, WVU’s catching depth will take a serious hit as McIntosh would be the only catcher returning with considerable experience along with junior-to-be Connor Hamilton who has made 34 appearances over his first two years in Morgantown. Illig is a redshirt junior, making him more likely to turn pro than a true junior.