Despite West Virginia University’s baseball season coming to an end last night with a loss to Texas, a number of Mountaineers will continue to play in Morgantown this summer, joining the West Virginia Black Bears’ roster in the MLB Draft League. WVU infielders Tyler Doanes and Tevin Tucker, catcher Paul McIntosh, outfielder Austin Davis and pitchers Zach Ottinger and Madison Jeffrey have all been added to the Black Bears’ online roster.
- Doanes, a senior second baseman, hit a career-low .225 this season in 40 games. He missed time early in the year due to COVID protocols. Doanes had a breakout year in 2019, hitting .316 with 21 doubles, 20 stolen bases and 40 runs scored.
- Tucker, a junior shortstop, missed all of 2021. after suffering a foot injury prior to the year. A career .192 hitter with excellent defense, Tucker started all 76 of WVU games in 2019 and 2020 at shortstop.
- McIntosh, a senior, played catcher and left field for the Mountaineers this season. The third-year starter hit .256, tied for the team lead with eight home runs and finished second on the team with 26 RBI.
- Davis, a junior, started in right field and hit lead-off all season for WVU. He led the team with a .320 batting average and had 11 extra-base hits, 17 stolen bases and 28 runs scored.
- Jeffrey, a junior right-hander, had a 6.75 ERA in 18 appearances out of the bullpen this year. In 20 innings, Jeffrey piled up 28 strikeouts and walked 23 batters.
- Ottinger, also a junior right-hander, had an 8.66 ERA in 16 appearances. In 17 2/3 innings, Ottinger struck out 23 hitters and walked 13.
The Black Bears are 0-2-1 so far this season and are beginning a new homestand with a game against Williamsport Saturday evening at Mon County Ballpark. Now that WVU’s season is over, the players will be able to join the Black Bears for competition as soon as they are able.