WVU baseball commits Daniel Batcher and Matt McCormick were selected in the thirty-third and fourtieth rounds of the MLB Draft respectively. Batcher was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays while McCormick went to the Cincinnati Reds. They are two of highest rated members of a highly touted 2019 Mountaineer recruiting class.
Batcher, a left-handed pitcher, attended George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. He had a high school career filled with personal and team success, including a ten strikeout performance in the final of the 2018 National High School Invitational
McCormick, a catcher, was named the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019. He led his high school, St. Laurence, to a 30-8 record while hitting .510 with 9 home runs and 50 RBI’s. Defensively, he committed just one error in 212 chances while throwing out nine base runners.
Many Major League franchises will select high school players late in the draft in hopes of using large signing bonuses to pull them away from their college commitments. This appears to be the case with Batcher and McCormick who will likely have to turn down large sums of money to come to WVU in the fall.