Three Cavaliers Selected on First Day of MLB Draft
Derek Fisher was drafted 37th overall by the Astros
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
The Virginia baseball team had three players selected on the first day of the Major League Baseball Draft Thursday.
The Cincinnati Reds used the 19th picked in the first round to draft junior closer Nick Howard.
Derek Fisher was picked 37th overall by the Houston Astros, and Mike Papi went 38th to the Cleveland Indians.
Only five Virginia players had been picked in the first round prior to this season.
Howard is the highest selection for UVa since Danny Hultzen was taken second overall in 2011.
The junior has a team-record 19-saves in his first season as a closer, and has struck out 50 batters in 29.1 innings this year.
Fisher and Papi were selected with back-to-back picks in the Competitive Balance A round, which is sandwiched between the first and second rounds of the draft.
This is the second time both players have been drafted.
The outfielder Fisher was picked in the 6th round in 2011 by Texas, but turned down the Rangers to sign with UVa.
He is batting .288 with 23 RBI this year, despite missing almost half of the season with a broken hamate bone.
Papi was drafted in the 30th round by the Angels out of high school.
He is batting .297 this season, and leads Virginia with Eleven home runs and 51 RBI.
The junior has started all sixty games for UVa this season, playing both first base and outfield, and is a two-time All-ACC First Team selection.
The Cavaliers have had 54 players drafted over the last decade.
The ACC had a record-tying six players drafted in the first round, with Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State (1, 3rd, Chicago White Sox), Trea Turner, SS, NC State (1, 13th, San Diego), and Luke Weaver, RHP, Florida State (1, 27th, St. Louis) joining Howard, Fisher, and Papi.
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