RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Major League Baseball First Year Player's Draft wrapped up Wednesday, and the final day included a Spider who might one day become a Squirrel. UR's Mike Mergenthaler was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 32nd round.
For the Spiders, it marks the first time since 2007 that multiple players were drafted in the same year after junior SS Adam McConnell was picked by the LA Dodgers in the 30th round.
A Second Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, Mergenthaler capped his remarkable Spider career in style as the team's triple crown winner in 2011 -- leading the club in average (.307), RBI (45) and home runs (7). It marks Richmond's first team triple crown winner since Mike Dwyer in 1998. Dwyer was Mergenthaler's high school coach at North Rockland (N.Y.).
Virginia right-handed pitcher Cody Winiarski (Sr., Franksville, Wis.) and outfielder John Barr (Sr., Ivyland, Pa.) each were selected Wednesday in day three of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Virginia finished with eight draft picks, which tied for 11th most among all Division I baseball programs.
It also marked the second-most draft picks Virginia has boasted in one year - one behind the 2010 team.
Winiarski was chosen in the 36th round (1,101 overall) by the Chicago White Sox. Barr was a 39th-round pick (1,178 overall) of the Cleveland Indians.
The only Richmond area high school player to be selected came in round 36 when the Orioles selected Jeffery Zona, a pitcher from Hanover High School.
Two Virginia Tech players also were selected, with Andrew Rash selected in the 36th round by San Diego, and Cosby product Ronnie Shaban in the 49th round by the Orioles.