Four Boston College baseball players were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft Wednesday. Infielder Jake Palomaki and pitchers Jacob Stevens, Brian Rapp, and Dan Metzdorf represented the Birds in the draft.
Palomaki was the highest pick of the group, going to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 18th round. He was a mainstay in the Eagles’ infield for the last four years and hit .315 during his senior season. His 202 career hits are good for 10th in BC’s record books.
The star infielder was selected to the All-New England Team after his senior year. Palomaki was near the top of the team in all major offensive categories, leading the Eagles in runs, hits, total bases, and walks.
Stevens went next to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 21st round. He was previously drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies out of high school and again by the New York Yankees after his sophomore season, but decided to return to BC instead of signing a professional contract both times.
To round out the class, Rapp went in the 26th round to the Minnesota Twins and Metzdorf was taken by the Yankees in the 38th.
Stevens, Rapp, and Metzdorf were the three main starting pitchers on the Birdball pitching staff this spring. Metzdorf and Stevens both started 13 games, and Rapp started 12.
As graduated seniors, Palomaki and Rapp have no more college eligibility and will sign with the teams that drafted them. However, Stevens and Metzdorf now face a decision: to return to the Heights for one more year, or to make the jump to the majors.
As the earlier draft pick and more highly-touted prospect, Stevens seems to be more likely to sign. However, neither has made a decision at the present time. Birdball fans will be watching closely to see what each of them decides, as returning two starting pitchers would provide a boost to a pitching staff that posted an ERA of 5.21 this season.
A total of 23 players have now been drafted during the eight-year tenure of Head Coach Mike Gambino.
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