PSU gets 3 more drafted
From Mirror reports
UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State baseball had three members of its 2021 team get selected in the 2021 MLB Draft Tuesday.
Junior third baseman Justin Williams was taken in the 17th round, 508th overall, by the Houston Astros. Senior pitcher Kyle Virbitsky was also selected in the 17th round, going 518th to the Oakland A’s. Senior pitcher Bailey Dees was drafted in the 18th round, 543rd overall, by the New York Yankees.
Virbitsky and Dees joined Conor Larkin (9th round, 272nd, Blue Jays) as Nittany Lion pitchers getting drafted, meaning three members of the 2021 starting rotation got picked.
Penn State had four players drafted, its most since 2007 when it had five selected. This marks the third time in program history that the Nittany Lions had four or more players drafted in a single year. It’s only the second time Penn State has had three pitchers drafted in the same season, the other coming in 2007.
The four selections were double the most of any other school in Pennsylvania. Lehigh and Villanova each had two. Penn State’s four selections were the second most in the Big Ten, trailing only Indiana (6).
Williams, Virbitsky and Dees became the 74th, 75th and 76th players to be selected out of Penn State. Williams is the fifth third baseman to be selected and the first since Jim Haley (19th round, 2016, Rays). Virbitsky and Dees give Penn State 46 pitchers who have been drafted, including 21 who have been selected among the first 20 rounds.
The three selections on Friday give Head Coach Rob Cooper 11 Nittany Lions drafted in his tenure, including eight pitchers. All eight pitchers have been selected since 2016. Cooper has coached 18 overall draft picks in his career.