May 26, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies starting pitcher Eddie Campbell (26) delivers a pitch against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the ACC baseball tournament at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
Unsurprisingly, day one of the 2014 MLB Draft passed by and Virginia Tech starting pitcher Brad Markey was still available. Markey was hoping to potentially go on day 2 in the 6th to 10th round range since many teams take seniors there to get them on the cheap and save some of their first 10 round slot money for high school players. However, Brad Markey was still on the board at the end of the first 10 rounds but it was certain that Markey would go in day 3.
Now, the former Virginia Tech starting pitcher has a new MLB organization he will be a part of.
Brad Markey was selected with the 559th overall pick in the 19th round by the Chicago Cubs and has become the second Hokie baseball player to be selected in this year’s draft. Brad Markey will actually get to join fellow Hokie Mark Zagunis with the Cubs as Zagunis seems certain to leave for the Cubs. Brad Markey will likely get a bonus that will be no more than maybe $50,000 due to the lack of leverage that college seniors have at this point in the draft.
Brad Markey had a very solid career for the Hokies and had a strong senior season to help him get selected in the 19th round instead of being selected in the 35th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Markey had the Hokies’ lowest ERA this past season at 3.67 while also leading the Hokies in strikeouts with 57. Markey also is second all-time among Virginia Tech pitchers in lowest walks per nine innings and strikeouts per walk ratios.
Brad Markey had a good collegiate career and there is a chance that maybe, Brad Markey could eventually end up in the majors.
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