The Cincinnati Reds Select Andrew McDonald in the Ninth Round of the 2018 MLB Draft

By: Tim Thomas | @TimThomas1996 | Jun 06, 2018
After spending his first three seasons switching back and forth between being a starting and relief pitcher, Virginia Tech made Andrew McDonald one of the cornerstones of their bullpen this year. The senior reliever benefited having his best season in a Hokie uniform which also caught the eye of MLB teams. Today, the Cincinnati Reds decided to make him a ninth round pick. https://twitter.com/HokiesBaseball/status/1004113034099511296 Andrew McDonald was selected 259th overall today by the Cincinnati Reds. McDonald's selection makes it back-to-back drafts that Virginia Tech has had a player selected in the first 10 rounds with Packy Naughton being selected 257th overall by the Reds last year. McDonald is also the eighth-highest picked Hokie in MLB Draft history. McDonald had his best season of his collegiate career in 2018 making 29 appearances and leading the team with 5 saves. In addition, McDonald had 67 strikeouts and averaged 11.03 strikeouts per 9 innings which also led all Hokies who made double-digit appearances. While McDonald has been used as a starting pitcher at times in the past, his future is as a lefty reliever for the Reds with his strikeout per 9 inning rate being quite good for a reliever. Congrats to Andrew McDonald on being selected in the 2018 MLB Draft.

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