Rising-senior Donovan Casey became the first Boston College player selected in the 2017 MLB Draft on Wednesday afternoon when he was taken in the 20th Round, 610th overall, by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers listed Casey as an outfielder, which may surprise some, as it was believed prior to the draft that he would go as a right-handed pitcher thanks in part to a fastball that routinely sat in the mid-nineties this season.
On the year, Casey hit .286 with a pair of home runs and 20 RBI, while starting every game of the season. He also led the team with 23 appearances on the mound, compiling a 2.84 ERA in 31.2 innings pitched.
The question now becomes, will he sign? Listed as the 128th best prospect in the draft, Casey was expected to be taken in the top-10 rounds and be in line for a nice signing bonus. Now going in the 20th round, he’ll have a difficult decision to make regarding whether or not to return to school for his senior season.
Whatever he decides, all the credit in the world is due to Casey for putting in the work to get him to this point. Congratulations Donovan!