Pitchers Nick Snyder and Kade Strowd became the third and fourth West Virginia University baseball players selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday when the Arizona Diamondbacks took Snyder in the 11th round and the Baltimore Orioles selected Strowd in the 12th round.
They were the first two of six Mountaineers selected on Wednesday. Other WVU players drafted Wednesday were center fielder Brandon White (17th round, Los Angeles Angels), outfielder Darius Hill (20th round, Chicago Cubs), catcher Chase Illig (29th round, New York Yankees) and pitcher Sam Kessler (34th round, Detroit Tigers).
They join right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah, picked No. 11 overall Monday by the Toronto Blue Jays, and catcher Ivan Gonzalez, who went in the eighth round Tuesday to the Chicago White Sox, as Mountaineers taken so far in this year’s draft.
Strowd, from Fort Worth, Texas, was a regular in the West Virginia weekend starting rotation in 2019, posting a 5-6 record with a 4.73 ERA this season. He pitched four innings in relief for WVU last week in an NCAA regional tournament.
Snyder served primarily as West Virginia’s mid-week starter in 2019 and emerged as one of the best arms on the Mountaineers roster. Listed at 6-foot-7, the left-hander from Marlton, New Jersey appeared in 16 games for WVU this season, starting 13 with a 9-1 record. In 68 innings pitched, Snyder struck out 103 batters while walking 34.
In an April start against Marshall in Morgntown, Snyder took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before allowing the Thundering Herd’s first hit — an infield single — with two outs.
White, from Winter Spring, Florida, hit .272 this season and ranks third in all-time stolen bases at WVU with 35.
There now have been 28 players picked in the MLB draft from WVU under coach Randy Mazey and 98 taken in program history.
Also Wednesday, two Marshall players were selected. Herd shortstop Elvis Peralta was picked by the Oakland Athletics in the 26th round and pitcher Josh Shapiro went to the Seattle Mariners in the 34th round.
Two Mountain East Conference players have also been selected. Shepherd outfielder Brenton Doyle was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round, and Concord pitcher Will Guay went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 24th round.