by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of MLB.com.
After a successful 40-20 season for the West Virginia Mountaineers, it makes total sense that a couple of the program's veterans would be selected in the 2023 MLB Draft.
Pitcher Carlson Reed was selected in the 4th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Outfielder Braden Berry was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 8th round.
Carlson Reed- RHP- Pittsburgh Pirates- 4th round
The Marietta, Georgia native appeared in 25 games and went 2-1 this past season. Reed finished with a strong 2.61 ERA and struck out 60 batters in only 38 innings.
Overall, Reed went 6-7 with a 4.98 ERA in his WVU career. He struck out 136 hitters in 110.1 innings pitched over his 4 seasons.
Reed has signed with the Pirates for $600,000, slightly under his slot value and will forgo his senior season at West Virginia.
OF- Braden Berry- OF- Toronto Blue Jays- 8th round
Berry earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors this past season for West Virginia. Berry started all 60 games for the Mountaineers in center field. He hit .290 with 8-home runs and 44 RBI’s. Berry showed off his speed with 24 stolen bases and 4 triples, and is seen as having a ceiling as a 5-tool player. Berry has yet to sign with Toronto.