As the Major League Baseball Draft continued today, more good news came to the Mountaineers as two more players were taken in this years draft.
Earlier today, junior second baseman Kyle Gray was selected 427th overall in the 14th round by the New York Yankees and junior shortstop Jimmy Galusky was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round.
Gray had a monster junior campaign adding the long ball to his offensive prowess. Gray hit at an astonishing .374 clip while knocking out 14 home runs and driving in 38 runs.
He now has a tough decision to make, as do teammates Michael Grove and Jimmy Galusky on whether to sign their professional contract or return to Morgantown.
Many players in Gray’s position would opt to come back and build on a successful junior year to improve their draft stock, but in Gray’s situation, it will be hard to top or even match the production he brought to the table in 2018.
Prediction: it would not be shocking if Gray decides to turn pro, a similar situation happened last year when former infielder Kyle Davis signed with the Houston Astros following his junior season while his stock was trending up.
Galusky rounded out his junior year with a slash line of .253/.332/.412 while hitting seven home runs and 30 RBI. Galusky has provided stability at the shortstop position dating back to his true freshman year and has steadily improved in all areas.
Prediction: As a West Virginia native, it doesn’t seem like Galusky wants to end his career by missing out on the NCAA Tournament. With the chance to be the vocal leader as a senior, he can help get this ball club back into the post season with what will be a fairly experienced group.
By cleaning up a few things, Galusky can jump into the top 15 rounds.