Virginia natives get taken in baseball draft

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Major League Baseball conducted rounds two through thirty of its First Year Players Draft, and numerous Virginia natives heard their names called, including five members of the UVA baseball team.

Virginia's Danny Hultzen was selected in the first round Monday by Seattle, and he'll be joined by two others Wahoos in the Mariners organization.  Goochland product John Hicks and Steven Proscia were both taken by Seattle - Hicks in the fourth round, Proscia in the seventh round.

Virginia had three of its starting pitchers selected in the first 10 rounds, as Maggie Walker grad Will Roberts and Midlothian product Tyler Wilson joined Hultzen. Roberts was a fifth-round selection (158th overall) of the Cleveland Indians, while Tyler Wilson was a 10th-round pick (305th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles.

Kenny Swab was selected in the 21st round (636th) by the Kansas City Royals.

Cosby graduate Jake Lowery was selected in the fourth round by the Cleveland Indians.  The JMU catcher was the CAA Player of the Year, and is a finalist for the Johnny Bench award, given to the nation's best catcher.

One Virginia Tech player heard his name called - senior shortstop Tim Smalling was selected in the 15th round by Colorado.

Longwood junior pitcher and Williamsburg native Mark Montgomery was picked by the Yankees in the 11th round.

Will Roberts' cousin Sam Roberts was selected as well.  The VMI SS/RHP who is also a Prince George product, was selected in round 26 by the Oakland A's.

Junior shortstop Adam McConnell was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday in the 30th-round (914th pick) of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  McConnell is the second Spider drafted in as many seasons.

UR Jr. shortstop Adam McConnell was drafted by the LA Dodgers in the 30th round.  He's the second Spider drafted in as many seasons. McConnell was drafted although missing his entire junior season with an upper-leg injury, becomes the first Spider junior taken in the draft since Joe Mahoney by the Orioles in 2007.

The remaining rounds of the draft are Wednesday.

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