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After finishing what was an historic season for the Radford baseball team, three players have been selected during the 2015 MLB Draft. Josh Reavis, Michael Boyle, and Ryan Meisinger were all taken in the second day of the 40 round draft.
Reavis, who had a phenomenal season behind the plate, was taken in the 38th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Reavis said it meant a lot to him to be drafted by the Blue Jays. “Playing professional baseball has been a goal of mine nearly my entire life,” the catcher stated.
Reavis was a walk-on when he first arrived to Radford, and then worked his way up on the team from bullpen catcher, to three-year starter, and then being drafted. He received many accolades following his senior year behind the plate. He was named to the NCAA Tournament All-Regional Team, as well as the Big South All-Tournament Team at catcher. Reavis was voted to the Big South All-Academic squad, and also received Radford Athletics Senior Leadership Award.
Reavis said he found out on Twitter that he was drafted and then got a call from the organization.
Boyle was drafted to the LA Dodgers, becoming the first Radford player to be drafted by the organization. “Being drafted by the Dodgers is definitely an unbelievable feeling and a dream come true,” he stated. He said that after playing summer ball in Cape Cod and if he kept preforming well during the season at Radford he hoped it would be enough to be drafted and turn pro.
Boyle had an extraordinary season on the mound for RU. The lefty was First-Team All-Big South and named to the Big South All-Tournament team. He set a Radford record with 10 wins during his junior campaign and led the league in the category.
Boyle said the day of the draft he was home and heard his name come over the computer that he was drafted and then shortly after got a call to welcome him to the organization.
The Baltimore Orioles took closer Meisinger in the 11th round. He was a First-Team all Big South Selection, and voted to the Big South All-Tournament Team. He also finished the year tied for the national lead in saves and tied the Radford single-season record. He was also named to the American Baseball Coaches Association’ All-America Second-team, becoming the first Highlander to do so.
“It means everything in the world to me to be drafted, and to get drafted by the Orioles, my favorite boyhood team, it’s amazing,” Meisinger stated. He said it was always a dream of his to play professionally ever since he picked up a baseball.
Meisinger said that he was on the phone with various organizations all of Tuesday and Wednesday, and then the Orioles called him Wednesday morning to let him know they would be taking him.
This is the third time three players have been selected from Radford in the same year and the first time since 2012.
Radford finished off the year wining the Big South Tournament and landing a spot in the College World Series. They were selected to be in the Nashville regional, a first for the program. Making it all the way to the finals and then losing to defending national champs Vanderbilt.